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July 31st, 2017
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Celebrating 25 years since the establishment of the Association, the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) Annual Conference organised a special opening session to discuss the future of maritime and port economics. PortEconomics co-director Thanos Pallis presented a call for a more measured pace port studies development and dissemination. PortEconomics invites its readers to follow the link in order to download the call – and, not least, to apply the concept: Pallis A.A. (2017): Slow port studies. IAME 2017, Kyoto,...
July 31st, 2017
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By Theo Notteboom Total container throughput in the EU increased by 13.9% between pre-crisis year 2007 and 2016. Rotterdam is the largest container port in Europe (12.38 million TEU in 2016) followed by Antwerp (10.04 million TEU) and Hamburg (8.91 million TEU). When grouping seaports together in multiple-port regions we get a better picture of the container port handling hotspots in Europe. Observation 1 - The Rhine-Scheldt Delta is, more than ever, the stronghold of the Hamburg-Le Havre range With 24 million TEU handled in 2016,...
July 26th, 2017
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Since the 1990s, negative environmental externalities related to port activity have been a widely researched topic, in particular since port expansion projects in developed economies got delayed due to litigation and court decisions invoking environmental harms (e.g. emissions) or losses (e.g. birds and habitats). The introduction of a green port management or a green port policies was formulated as an answer on the level of port authorities, and in particular trade associations in the developed economies have been active in promoting green...
July 20th, 2017
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An interesting coversation between two maritime economists members of PortEconomics took place during TOC Europe which was held 27-29 June 2017. Jean-Paul Rodrigue and Peter de Langen had a live exchange of views and arguments regarding: The 4th industrial revolution and peak containerization The inland terminal as a value proposition in container transport The disadvantages of scale in maritime shipping The relevance of business ecosystems for terminal operators Download the presentation of the conversation via PortEconomics...
July 17th, 2017
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By Theo Notteboom Since 2014, the container shipping industry is witnessing a massive wave of carrier consolidation. In mid-2014, Hamburg Süd acquired CCNI (Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica). In December 2014, the merger between Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV (Companía Sud Americana de Vapores) was completed. In late 2015, NOL/APL and CMA CGM agreed on the sale of APL container division to CMA CGM. Early 2016 brought the merger between China Shipping and Cosco to form China Cosco Shipping Group. Hapag-Lloyd and UASC...
July 11th, 2017
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The concept of resilience in seaport-related research is the subject of the PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom, Michael Dooms and Indra Vonck new port study. The authors build upon the notion of resilience based on the literature and construct an integrated framework of port resilience encompassing all layers of port activities. Resilience is the science of preparing for, dealing with, and recuperating from shocks. Recent highly disruptive natural and man made events have shown the social costs of seaport failures. Three propositions are...
July 6th, 2017
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Celebrating 25 years since the establishment of the Association, the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) Annual Conference organised a special opening session to discuss the future of maritime and port economics. During the session, IAME President Dr. Jan Hofmann (Trade Logistics Branch, DTL at UNCTAD) presented "10 long-term trends in maritime economics". PortEconomics invites its readers to register and freely download the presentation: Hofmann J. (2017): 10 long-term trends in maritime economics. IAME 2017,...
July 5th, 2017
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PortEconomics members Thanos Pallis, Francesco Parola, Giovanni Satta, and Theo Notteboom study on private entry and emerging partnerships in cruise terminals operations in cruise ports in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas has won the Maritime Economics and Logistics (MEL) Best paper award at the Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), that was held in Kyoto Japan. The study which will be soon published in the scholarly journal Maritime Economics and Logistics (MEL) details the entry...
June 29th, 2017
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By Jean-Paul Rodrigue The expansion of the Panama Canal in 2016 has been hailed as a remarkable achievement and a game changer for the shipping industry, particularly for the North American East Coast and the Caribbean. It would be accompanied with higher levels of port activity and therefore the need to invest and upgrade port infrastructure, including dredging. However, the expectations of higher container volumes transiting through the region have so far not materialized and actually the throughput of key East Coast ports has on...
June 20th, 2017
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The 15th annual meeting of the Port Performance Research Network (PPRN) brings the leading port economists from all over the globe in Kyoto, Japan, on Tuesday 27 June 2017, to discuss the way forward for port studies PortEconomics members will join fellow maritime economists interested in port research at the eve of the 2017 Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) to discuss the latest findings and trends in port studies and shape together the future of research in port economics policies and...
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