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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...
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...
April 20th, 2017
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 By Ricardo J. SANCHEZ and Lara MOUFTIER Given the dynamics of expansion strategies among carriers, maritime alliances have been increasing these last years and nowadays the world liner fleet is dominated by few of them. To better understand this and the puzzle of shipping alliances, we are analyzing its evolution and its effects on the current market situation. In 1992, the shipping market was driven by thirty shipping companies which represented around 63% of the total fleet. Carriers started to share capacity on assets as soon as...
April 18th, 2017
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By Theo Notteboom The Straits of Gibraltar is one of the most strategic points on East-West maritime trade lanes. Ports in the wider region around the Straits have good reasons to convince shipping lines of making a call at their container terminal facilities for transhipment and interlining purposes. The container volumes in the region grew from 660,000 TEU in 1985 to 14.01 million TEU in 2016. Algericas was the first to reap the benefits of its geographical location. Algericas at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula was the...
April 17th, 2017
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China is home to the largest port system in the world, certainly in terms of cargo volumes. Chinese ports are subject to a unique port governance framework which differs from the traditional landlord port system found in most key ports around the world. Port governance in China is the theme of a recent port study co-authored by PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom and Yang Zhongzhen. The global and domestic economic slowdown and structural changes in the economic base have affected volumes and freight traffic growth in Chinese...
April 5th, 2017
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By Ricardo Sanchez Lara Mouftier and I recently offered some reflections about the future of ports. Meanwhile, the prestigious shipping analyst Dr. Martin Stopford has done something similar on the future of shipping. Next figure shows a summary of the main elements and coincidences among those studies. Source: The Future of Ports by J. Sanchez and Lara Mouftier, and The Future of Shipping by Dr. Martin Stopford. Note: “International Regulations”, “port design” and “shipping” are free interpretations by the...
April 3rd, 2017
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The port reform processes in two neighbouring East African countries, Kenya and Tanzania is the theme of PortEconomics member Michael Dooms along with Sheila Farrell (Imperial College, London, United Kingdom) new port study. The port study provides historical analysis of port reforms in Kenya and Tanzania and is accompanied by a forward-looking assessment of whether existing institutions will allow these African ports to evolve in the same direction as North European ports. The authors examine whether or not Kenya and Tanzania ports are...
March 27th, 2017
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By the spring of 1994, Canada's dire financial situation had become apparent to the Government, and the policy decision was made to withdraw from government operation of transportation infrastructure while retaining ownership as a means of addressing Canada's fiscal challenge. Furthermore, Transport Canada's mission to make the transportation system affordable while ensuring it was safe, reliable and efficient was reaffirmed in section 5 of the Canada Transportation Act, 1995. The times were interesting as a wave of new public management...
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