PortEconomics is celebrating the ending of 2016 recapping the articles that have captured the interest of the visitors of our web initiative so far for 2016.
Our most popular papers on Container ports in 2016 were:
1. Container port competition in Europe
PortEconomics co-directors Theo Notteboom and Peter de Langen in their latest port study Container port competition in Europe, discuss the port competition in Europe with a main focus on container ports and terminals and they provide an in-depth theoretical and empirical description of port competition in the second most important container port system in the world after Asia. [Link]
2. Drivers of port competitiveness
A new port study by PortEconomics member Francesco Parola, co-authored with Marcello Risitano, Marco Ferretti and Eva Panetti, explores the multidimensional nature of “port competitiveness” arguing that port competitiveness and its drivers are significantly affected by major changes in maritime industry. [Link]
3. Evolution of containerships
Since the beginning of containerization in the mid 1950s, containerships undertook six general waves of changes, each representing new generations of containership. PortEconomics member Jean-Paul Rodrigue updated the graph on the evolution of containerships with more detailed ship profiles and a more revealing depiction of the number of containers they can load. [Link]
4. What is the future for small container ports?
As container ships grow ever larger to achieve greater economies of scale and hence cost savings, ports expand to be able to handle them. This expansion occurs both in terms of the physical size of berths and the speed and efficiency of handling the large drops of containers that must be moved in and out of the port gate and through the hinterland. A most interesting article by PortEconomics associate member Jason Monios. [Link]
5. Latin America and the Caribbean ports: container throughput rises 1.7%
The movement of cargo in containers in Latin American and Caribbean ports grew 1.7% during 2015, according to figures unveiled in ECLAC’s new edition of its ranking of container port throughput, published in its Maritime Profile, writes PortEconomics associate member Ricardo Sanchez. These figures confirm two trends observed during the last years in the region: the slowdown of foreign trade shown by container terminals and great heterogeneity of the growth rates inside the region. [Link]