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May 20th, 2013
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The US Secretary of Transportation, the Honorable Raymond LaHood, has appointed PortEconomics member Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue  to sit on the Advisory Board of the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point. The USMMA, founded in 1943, is a Federal service Academy within the Department of Transportation's purview that trains leaders for service in the commercial maritime industry and the nation's Ready Reserve defense fleet. Upon recommendation from the Office of the Secretary and the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) of...
May 20th, 2013
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PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom moderated the 'Port Lunch Flanders' event in Antwerp. Some 140 participants joined the event which was organized by Management Producties. One of the highlights of the day was a panel discussion with Ben Vree, CEO APMT Europe and Maurizio Aponte, executive director Europe at MSC. The discussion was focused on their expectations for the container market in Europe, the door-to-door philosophy of shipping lines and terminal operators and the desirability and the potential benefits of port cooperation for...
May 19th, 2013
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PortEconomics member Jean-Paul Rodrigue is interviewed by the BBC for a piece about economies of scale in container shipping; William Kreme writes an article questioning "How much bigger can container ships get?" and uses the following graphic from the latest edition of Jean-Paul's book "Geography of Transport Systems" depicting the different generations of container ships.  Figure from: www.bbc.co.uk In the same article, Paul Davey from Hutchison Ports, which operates Felixstowe in the UK, focus on the the challenge for ports to...
May 16th, 2013
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A new OECD report on "The Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities; The Case of Rotterdam/Amsterdam – The Netherlands" was presented on May 10, 2013. The report was co-authored by OECD's Olaf Merk and PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom, but it draws on the work of a number of other contributors, including PortEconomics members César Ducruet and Wouter Jacobs. The report has been realized at the request of the Netherlands Ministry of the Economy, Agriculture and Innovation, the city of Rotterdam, the city of Amsterdam and the port...
May 13th, 2013
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Theo Notteboom, co-director of PortEconomics.eu, gave a keynote presentation during the meeting of the Corporate Development Council of Duisport in Antwerp on 29 April 2013. The Duisport Group is active in a large array of logistics activities, but is particularly known as the owner and management company of the public ports of Duisburg (via Duisburger Hafen AG), Europe's largest inland port. During his speech, Theo talked about 'Volatility and flexibility in the European port system: how can inland ports benefit?'. He concluded by stating...
April 28th, 2013
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PortEconomics member Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue of the Dept. of Global Studies and Geography at Hofstra Univeristy has been tasked by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to provide regular contributions to their freight transport and logistics blog. The Transportation Division at the IDB's Infrastructure and Environment Sector in collaboration with the Knowledge and Learning Sector and the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) of the Trade and Integration Department has fostered the setup of a Freight...
April 16th, 2013
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European port authorities are ready to celebrate another edition of their annual conference and the PortEconomics team is ready to sit central stage, shaping the discusssions of stakeholders on port cooperation and synergies. PortEconomics co-director, and newly appointed MedCruise secretary general, Thanos Pallis will orchestrate discussions on marketing and promotion of port regions. Theo Notteboom, PortEconomics co-director, will be among the keynote speakers of the conference providing a thorough insight on the economic outlook...
April 1st, 2013
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MedCruise, the association representing over 100 cruise ports in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas, announced the appointment of PortEconomics co-director Thanos Pallis as its new Secretary General. To better serve cruise ports and associate members, MedCruise has restructured its secretariat and Thanos will continue the productive and successful work done to lead MedCruise to a new phase. 'All our members face challenges, and expect MedCruise to continue its pivotal role and assist them in benefiting from the growth of the cruise...
March 18th, 2013
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The performance effects of the corporatisation of Port of Rotterdam Authority is the theme of a new port study conducted by PortEconomics co-director Peter de Langen, in collaboration with Christiaan Heij. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is a publicly owned but corporatized port development company. In 2004, this organisation was transformed from a municipal department to an independently operating company. The corporatisation intended to improve the overall performance of the port of Rotterdam. Relevant performance indicators to evaluate...
February 26th, 2013
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PortEconomics.eu co-director Theo Notteboom gave an introduction and moderated a session on 'Container shipping lines: short sea and intra-European' during the Coastlink conference held in the Belgian port of Zeebrugge on 20 and 21 February 2013. The entire conference was devoted to the impact of 18,000 TEU vessels on Intra-European Networks. During the short sea panel debate representatives from CMA CGM, the Flemish government and the European Freight and Logistics Leaders Forum presented their views on a wide range of key issues, such as...
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