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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...
December 11th, 2017
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The undergoing structural changes, that put shipping and ports industry under pressure and driving the need for innovation was the key theme of PortEconomics member Indra Vonck presentation during the Baltic Ports Conference 2017. Indra divided these structural changes in three major issues: 1. Increased complexity, 2. Pressure on revenue and costs and 3. Energy transition. Detailing the three issues he concluded in suggestions that will move forward the port industry: The future of the ports is challenging but bright since...
December 7th, 2017
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The impacts of a (geo)political and economic crisis on the distribution of port traffic and maritime networks was the main theme of PortEconomics member Cesar Ducruet during his presentation at the 1st International Forum of Korean Maritime Institute held on 28 November in Busan, Korea. The case of North Korea is particularly relevant as it provides a fertile ground to investigate the dynamics and mechanisms of logistics disruption. A first-hand database on vessel movements connecting North Korean ports between 1977 and 2015 is exploited...
December 4th, 2017
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By Theo Notteboom A look at the changing container port volume 'skyline' in Europe. The movie shows the evolution of the TEU volumes between 1985 and 2016. You can see the sheer size of north European container ports (Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, etc.), the recent rise of new container hubs (Piraeus, Gdansk, Sines, etc.), the emergence of Mediterranean transhipment hubs in the mid-1990s (Algeciras, Gioia Tauro, Marsaxlokk, etc.) and the impact of the financial-economic crisis on port volumes in 2009. ...
November 28th, 2017
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By Peter de Langen In May 2016 a lease agreement was signed between Feadship, a leading builder of mega-yachts, and Port of Amsterdam (PoA). Yet, Amsterdam’s vision document, officially launched a year earlier in June 2015 did not mention mega-yachts as a potentially relevant market segment. The lease agreement was interesting as the activity does not generate substantial cargo volumes and thus is not well aligned with PoA’s traditional business model in which revenues from ships have a central place. This example...
November 21st, 2017
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PortEconomics member George Vaggelas presented the platform for measuring the port users’ perception on port performance, one of the new topics on port performance measurement that has been tackled in the PORTOPIA framework. Following a brief description of the electronic platform developed for the exploitation of port users’ perceptions, George presented the results of the pilot phase, conducted by a team also including PortEconomics member Thanos Pallis, which aimed at assessing the functionality of the electronic platform and its...
November 20th, 2017
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PortEconomics co-director Prof. Theo Notteboom will lead the newly established Center of Eurasian Maritime and Inland Logistics (CEMIL) of Shanghai Maritime University (SMU), which was inaugurated in Shanghai on Nov 20, 2017.  The research center is part of the China Insititute of FTZ Supply Chain, a key institute of SMU. CEMIL’s mission is ‘Bridging Asia and Europe through maritime and logistics research’. CEMIL's permanent staff and associate experts are committed to promote a better understanding of seaside and landside...
November 14th, 2017
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Exploring possibilities for benchmarking the European port system on specific indicators against non-European port systems, PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom present a summary of the (publicly available) Indicators reported by international organisations and associations, non-European national statistics agencies and offices and other miscalleneous sources. The presentation was delivered during the final event of the PORTOPIA project, that was held in Brussels on 9th of November, and is available to be freely downloaded (following...
November 13th, 2017
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PortEconomics members, who have contributed to the development of the PORTOPIA project, shaped the final event of the project that was held in Brussels on 9 November 2017. The PORTOPIA project, which started in 2013, is aimed at the development of key performance data for European ports and the accompanying ICT tools facilitating data collection and analysis, assisting the industry in moving towards a more sustainable and competitive port system. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for...
November 7th, 2017
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By Peter de Langen This year saw positive news for the two large new port development projects in North West Europe: JadeWeserPort and London Gateway Both ports, sometimes cited as unsuccessful port development projects, are on a slower development path than initially foreseen but now seem to have developed the critical mass for further growth. And they have managed to grow in complicated market environments. This is in sharp contrast to a previous ‘newcomer’, Zeebrugge, that also managed to attract substantial volumes - over...
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