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May 27th, 2017
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The social and economic value of commercial marine shipping to Canada was the theme of a report that was published this week by the Council of Canadian Academies. The report is the outcome of the work of a 10 membes Expert panel chaired by PortEconomics member Mary R. Brooks As a maritime nation, Canada’s economy, culture, environment, and security have long been interlinked with commercial marine shipping. Critical to Canada’s historical development, marine shipping continues to be vital to international trade and the development of...
May 25th, 2017
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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (ASD), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement have emphasized the need for all economic sectors, including maritime transport to monitor and measure performance and track progress towards the achievement of relevant economic, social and environmental targets. Indicators measuring the performance of the maritime transport sector with multidimensional metrics spanning a range of factors (e.g. efficiency, cost-effectiveness, productivity, profitability,...
May 22nd, 2017
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With shipping accounting for approximately 20% of global discharges of wastes and residues at sea, reducing discharges of all kind of ship-generated waste and cargo residues into the sea is closely linked with the protection of the marine environment. Ports have a key role to play in order to achieve this goal. The development of adequate port reception facilities (PRF), together with the establishment of systems that provide incentives for ships to use these facilities, are major elements aiming in a process to reduce ships' discharges into...
May 17th, 2017
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Maritime connectivity and the evolving role of ports in global shipping networks is the theme of the presentation delivered by Jan Hoffman, President of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME),  and Chief, Trade Logistics Branch at UNCTAD. Jan Hoffman presentation gives emphasis on questions such as "why connectivity”?, "how to measure it"?, 'Which are the challenges for seaports'?, and was delivered at the 30th IAPH World Ports Conference, held in Nusa Due Bali, Indonesia. The presentation was delivered in...
May 14th, 2017
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By Thanos Pallis In 2016, cruise ports in the Med hosted efficiently and effectively over 13.000 cruise calls with the average number of pax/call exceeding for a second time in history 2.000 pax. At the turn of the century this average was standing at just 848 pax/call. In 2016, the total number of cruise passenger visits at cruise ports in the Med and its adjoining seas exceeded 27 million passenger movements. Comparing to the previous year, this number is 1,1% lower. Yet, the long-term trends make evident that cruise activities in the...
May 5th, 2017
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By Jean-Paul Rodrigue Bottlenecks of global maritime shipping have been for decades the object of geostrategic considerations as obligatory points of passages for global trade. More recently, their geographical advantage inciting the convergence of shipping services in narrow areas has been expanded with the setting of transshipment hubs. This usually involves feeder services towards smaller ports, relays connecting deep-sea services towards different maritime ranges or interlining supporting different port of calls configurations along a...
May 3rd, 2017
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The development of a new port performance measurement model by taking the perspectives from different port stakeholders is the theme of the new portstudy of PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Adolf Ng, along with Min-Ho Ha (Liverpool John Moores University), Zaili Yang (Liverpool John Moores University, Dalian Maritime University, University of Manitoba) and Man-Wook Heo (Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Republic of Korea). The novelty lies in the modelling of interdependencies among port performance measures, and the combination...
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 27th, 2017
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South America, as of yet, has not been able to take full advantage of its extensive system of naturally navigable waterways and in making them an integrated part of the region’s transport network to cater for the ever increasing demand for cargo and human mobility. Infrastructure limitations are one of the major obstacles for the development of inland navigation in the region and, to a certain extent, they are being addressed in most national and regional transport plans and projects Infrastructure limitations are one of the major...
April 24th, 2017
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The structures of the growth of the cruise port industry in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas the last decade is the theme of a port study by Portecoomics co-director Thanos Pallis and Kleopatra Arapi. The scholars analyse passenger movements in cruise ports in the region, focusing on the trends observed and concludes on the regional dynamics, i.e. growth variations, levels of market concentration, home-porting levels and seasonality. Cruise witnessed an uninterrupted growth over the last 30 years.  While the global financial...
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