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February 18th, 2018
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By Theo Notteboom Last week, the Rotterdam Port Authority presented the port’s cargo throughput figures for 2017. With a 10.9% y-o-y growth, the Dutch port handled 13.73 million TEU in 2017. The strong results in 2017 reinforced Rotterdam’s position as the largest European container port, followed by Antwerp (10.45 million in 2017, a growth of 4.1%), Hamburg (8.82 million TEU, -1%), Bremerhaven (5.54 million TEU, +0.9%) and Valencia (4.83 Million TEU, +2.3%). With a 10.9% y-o-y growth, the Dutch port handled 13.73 million TEU in...
February 12th, 2018
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The innovative solutions for a sustainable network  in the Med and beyond was the key theme of PortEconomics Francesco Parola presentation delivered during the opening session of the MEDPorts forum  held in Marseille, France. Francesco discussed the “success” of ports & logistics chains and how can be measured, the economic, environmental and social bottom line, while he shared some insights on the sources of success. The full presentation can be freely downloaded via PortEconomics here....
February 10th, 2018
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PortEconomics member Cesar Ducruet - along with Justin Berli (CNRS) - address the distribution of the largest containerships across the globe, and build a picture of the global network has been published in the PortEconomics partner in publishing magazine Port Technology International. Many issues have been raised since the advent of socalled ‘mega-ships’, ranging from port capacity issues, competitiveness, shipping alliances, and technological change, but the precise geography of their circulation had remained somewhat overlooked...
February 6th, 2018
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The succession of maritime accidents in the last decades of the 20 century caused a strong political and public outcry for more stringent maritime safety regulations and measures. One of the most significant developments in this regard was the establishment of several regional agreements on Port State Control (PSC) – the first of which was the Paris MoU – with the specific objective of fighting substandard shipping through coordinated and harmonised inspection procedures. PortEconomics member Pierre Cariou along with Armando...
January 31st, 2018
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By Peter de Langen The inevitable is likely to happen to the Red Hook Container Terminal in Brooklyn, New York After decades of policy to keep the terminal open to ensure that Brooklyn continues to have a blue collar ‘working waterfront’, the only container terminal in the state of New York may finally close down and give way to the development of urban functions. The state governor Andrew Cuomo has suggested a “more productive community use” for the approximately 80 acres of waterfront land. Even though the announcement...
January 16th, 2018
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Α just published research reveals the leading role of several members of PortEconomics team in maritime research in the 21st century. Reviewing the top 50 authors in maritime research over the period 2000-2015, Chang, Y-T., Choi, K-S., Jo, A. and Park, H. published in early 2018 a study of the ‘Top 50 authors, affiliations, and countries in maritime research’, ranking scholars as regards the number of papers; the weighted score according to their contribution in the respective studies; and the impact of their research based on...
January 15th, 2018
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By Peter de Langen In November, Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading port operator, launched its transformed property arm with a 960-hectare land bank, marking a further step in the gradual transition of the group from port operator to a development company of port, logistics and manufacturing complexes in 21 UK ports, writes Peter de Langen. ABP owns around 5,000 hectares of land, of which around 900 hectares is available for development. In its 2017 first half year trading update, ABP noted that it aims to build a...
January 2nd, 2018
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The construction of an interoceanic canal in Nicaragua is a longstanding controversy that goes back to the late 19th century when the US had plans to construct the canal but in the end decided to develop the Panama Canal instead. The plans for the construction of the Nicaragua Canal have resurfaced in recent years. In September 2012, a newly formed private Chinese enterprise, the Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Group (HKND), proposed a five-year construction plan at a cost of 50 billion U.S. dollars and signed a memorandum of...
December 27th, 2017
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By Jean-Paul Rodrigue The St. Lawrence, as a gateway to Eastern Canada, is contemplating an emerging risk in the Post Panamax context, which is undermining its commercial viability for containerized maritime shipping. The Port of Quebec handled containers in the early stages of containerization, but by the late 1970s all this traffic shifted to Montreal because of its notable market advantage and excellent connectivity to the Ontario and Midwest hinterland. However, technical changes in containership sizes are gradually challenging...
December 11th, 2017
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By Theo Notteboom The very recent merger between the port of Ghent in Belgium and Zeeland Seaports in the Netherlands has an impact of the position of the Rhine-Scheldt Delta port system in Europe. The Delta now counts no less than 4 of the 10 largest ports in Europe in terms of total port throughput in metric tons The Delta now counts no less than 4 of the 10 largest ports in Europe in terms of total port throughput in metric tons. The new North Sea Port handled 62 million tons in 2016. The Delta ports together handled 885 million tons...
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