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December 25th, 2016
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PortEconomics waves goodbye to 2016, with its co-director Theo Notteboom, summarising the nine 'take aways' of the year for European Ports By Theo Notteboom Take away 1.  Volume recovery please The year 2016 will go in history as another year of sluggish cargo volume growth. A few European ports present rather healthy growth figures, but the vast majority faces a very weak or even negative growth. In 2015, the cargo tonnage handled in the entire European port system was still 4.6% below the 2008 volumes. The first estimates for...
December 14th, 2016
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The European Parliament adopted today a report on the Regulation establishing a framework for the organisation of port services and financial transparency of ports presented by the rapporteur MEP Knut Fleckenstein. The port Regulation was approved the agreement reached in that respect with the Commission and Council last summer with 546 votes in favour, 140 against, 22 abstentions. This vote makes an end to the Port Package saga that started 15 years ago. The proposal was originally put forward in 2013 but stalled due to the European...
November 9th, 2016
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By Jan Hoffman The UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2016 has been launched this week. This year, we have placed a special focus on “Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Countries”. Here are a few selected personal picks: Demand We have a new geography of trade, which can be depicted quite nicely with our data on seaborne trade. Developing countries are no longer just the suppliers of high volume/ low value raw materials, but instead now also import large volumes of oil, iron ore, coal et al, participating in global...
November 5th, 2016
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Dr. Mary R. Brooks,  a member of the PortEconomics team has just been named Chair of the Marine Board of the U.S. National Academies. Brooks began her two-year term as Chair on November 1. An expert in transportation, Brooks will apply her knowledge and experience to the position chairing the Marine Board, to which she has belonged since 2008. This body provides advice on the ability of American marine and maritime industries to operate safely, efficiently and in an environmentally responsible way. As well as responding to requests for...
September 29th, 2016
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"A third of EU spending on facilities such as quays, docks and breakwaters at EU seaports between 2000 and 2013 was ineffective and unsustainable", according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. The European Court of Auditors issued a report on port investments within the bloc, and its findings were rather disappointing. One euro in three spent on the projects examined (€194 million) went on projects which duplicated existing facilities nearby. €97 million was invested in infrastructure which was either unused or...
September 15th, 2016
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The Review of Maritime Transport 2015 has been released by UNCTAD sheds light to developments in shipping and ports around the globe within 2015. Around 80 per cent of the volume of international trade in goods is carried by sea, and the percentage is even higher for most developing countries. The Review of Maritime Transport provides an analysis of structural and cyclical changes affecting seaborne trade, ports and shipping, as well as an extensive collection of statistical information. Chapter 4 is devoted to developments in...
June 2nd, 2016
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With total throughput 6.36 million tonnes of dry bulk cargo, 3.98 million TEUs, 28.23 million coastal passengers and 2.07 cruise passengers in 2014, Greek ports are important actors in local, national and regional level. In 2014, their turnover exceeded the €326 million. GREPORT 2016, the Report on Greek Ports  by PortEconomics members Thanos Pallis and George Vaggelas is the first comprehensive record and analysis of the developments of the Greek port industry over the last decade. The port study, published by Port &...
May 7th, 2016
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On 3 May 1966 - so 50 years ago - the MS Fairland arrived in Rotterdam under the watchful eye of Queen Juliana, with 226 containers on board. From that moment on, the Sea-Land Shipping Company has been maintaining a weekly container service between New York and the West European ports of Rotterdam, Bremen and Grangemouth, and Rotterdam became Europe's first container port. The importance of container transport for global trade can hardly be overestimated – which is why the container has also been called ‘the invention of the century’....
May 7th, 2016
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The AIIT Italian Association for Traffic &  Transport Engineering with the co-sponsorship of Transportation Research Board (USA), has announced the AIIT International Congress on Transport Infrastructure and Systems TIS to be held on April 10-12, 2017 in Rome (Italy). The objective of the AIIT International Congress TIS Rome 2017 is to promote transport as a growing industry, and its current significance. The Congress provides a forum for discussion, interactions and exchange among researchers, scientists and engineers whose fields of...
April 11th, 2016
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 COMMENT: A quick way to get an understanding of the development potential of the ports industry in a country is to look at the throughput per capita, writes Peter de Langen. Eurostat publishes such data and the ‘usual suspects’ score highly. The Netherlands handles about 33 tons per year per capita and Belgium about 20, compared with the EU average of 7.3. However, Norway has the highest ratio - over 40 ton per capita - due to substantial import and export flows of liquid and dry bulk. Naturally, some countries have volume/capita...
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