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May 11th, 2017
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By Peter de Langen "Last month, Port of Amsterdam took a bold move for a landlord port authority: it announced its ambition to end handling coal by 2030, writes Peter de Langen. At almost 20m tonnes, coal still accounted for 25% of Amsterdam’s total throughput of around 80 million tonnes in 2014. It also accounted for a substantial part of the revenues of the port authority.  Clearly, the throughput of coal is declining due to a shift away from coal-fired power plants, and the coal-hungry steel industry is stagnating in North-West...
May 1st, 2017
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By Thanos Pallis and Theo Notteboom What happened in the major container ports in Europe and US in 2016? Have the trends been similar? What have been the long-term trends, i.e. when comparing last year’s volumes with those recorded the pre-crisis year 2007? While several indicators related to logistics performance, sustainability, innovation and economic impact are gaining ground, the cargo volumes handled remain a key performance indicator for ports, worth to be studied. Our PortGraphic presents the top-10 container ports in the...
April 22nd, 2017
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During the last 20 years, Latin America (LA) has seen an increase in investments in ports, as a consequence of important institutional changes. These investments have changed the availability and quality of port services, especially in the field of container ports. Furthermore, LA has been subject of greenfield or brownfield initiatives such as Lázaro Cárdenas, El Callao, Moín or Cartagena de Indias. However, similarly to other regions of the world, many Latinamerican ports remain located in the heart of big cities. These ports are...
March 30th, 2017
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By Thomas Vitsounis It was expected. It’s arrived. It’s creating a huge buzz. And it’s here to stay. Over the last few years, digital innovation has rapidly and deeply disrupted a wide array of industrial and consumer markets. Shipping, ports and freight more generally are relative latecomers. But now the game is well and truly afoot. In the last 12 months, the uptake of digitalisation, data analytics and technology innovation has been quite remarkable. A growing number of shipping and port stakeholders have a digital vision...
March 23rd, 2017
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Compared with the port governance models and reforms endorsed in other countries, port governance in Greece has developed in many respects in a very unique way. Greece has departed from the initial choice to attempt the application of generic port governance models developed at international level opting for governance patterns that contradict the usual European model defined by the dominance of port concessions and publicly owned port authorities performing regulatory functions prototype. In a study included in a special volume...
March 18th, 2017
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PortEconomics members Τheo Notteboom, Geraldine Knatz and Francesco Parola are the guest editors of a special issue of the prestigious scholarly Research in Transport Business and Management (RTBM) examining “Port cooperation" The Theme of the Special Issue Co-operation, integration and co-ordination are much researched themes in mainstream economic and management literature. The port industry has witnessed a multiplication of port co-operation/integration schemes in recent years partly driven by governance reforms, public policy,...
March 16th, 2017
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In an article included in a special volume of the scholarly journal Research in Transportation Business and Management (RTBM), revisiting port governance and port reform around the globe,  PortEconomics member Jasmine Lam, joined by Zengqi Xiao, recap port governance and policy developments in Singapore, emphasising the evolution of the port-city relationship. Port cities serve as a link between the local economy and the global economy, is an interaction of both urban and port systems, giving rise to its complex and dynamic...
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...
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