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January 21st, 2013
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The development of dry ports in Brazil is the theme of a new port study by PortEconomics co-director Thanos Pallis, in collaboration with Adolf Ng, associate member of PortEconomics, and Flavio Padilha. Dry ports are associated with enhanced efficiency. Relieving seaport congestion without (significant) capacity expansion, dry ports are essential elements in the competitive position of seaports, as they acted to facilitate access to (overlapping) hinterlands. However, those focusing on how institutions could strengthen (or dissipate) the...
January 10th, 2013
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PortEconomics member Jean-Paul Rodrigue was interviewed by the Atlantic Cities website (www.atlanticcities.com) about cruise ports, an interview based on a recent research conducted with PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom on the "geography of cruises". When we think of cruises, most of us consider the luxury ships themselves as the attraction — not the ports they visit. Jean-Paul and Theo studied cruise itineraries from all over the world and found that companies pay a great deal of attention to port selection as a means of...
December 3rd, 2012
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Containerised freight distribution in North America and Europe is the theme discussed by PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and  Jean-Paul Rodrigue in a chapter published in the edited volume Handbook of Global Logistics: Transportation in International Supply Chains. The book is now published by Springer. Theo and Jean-Paul argue that it is rather uncommon for country pairs to be directly connected by shipping services. This is because the concept of "intermediacy" is increasingly important in regional or global freight...
November 22nd, 2012
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Their latest research on the the development of the European performance management system for seaports and in particular its application to socio-economic impacts, is the subject of the research presented by PortEconomics member Michael Dooms, along with Steven de Schepper, during this year's annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists - IAME 2012, that was held in Taipei, Taiwan. Performance indicators on socio-economic impacts of seaport activities are often used to support and strengthen the societal...
November 8th, 2012
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The regulatory challenges that the port sector faces was the theme of PortEconomics co-director Thanos Pallis presentation at the 1st European Maritime Transport Regulation Forum "Ports: How to Regulate Logistics Interfaces?" that was organised by the Florence School of Regulation, of the European University Institute in Florence. Thanos discussed seven different groups of (de)regulatory issues that modern ports face, and analysed the challenges and questions associated with each of these issues. During the 1st European Maritime...
November 4th, 2012
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PortEconomics member Michael Dooms along with Mitchell van Ballen and PortEconomics associate member Elvira Haezendonck, presented their latest research on the economic impact of river tourism on ports: the case of Brussels, during the annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists - IAME 2012, that was held in Taipei, Taiwan. River cruises and events on inland ships have been enjoying a growing popularity. The economic benefits that emerge from these forms of river tourism, through the expenditures of...
November 1st, 2012
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The gateway and the hinterlands dynamics of African container port system is the subject of the recent study of PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom alond with Darren Fraser that published in the latest issue of African Journal of Business Management. The Southern African container port system features a diverse range of different port types and sizes from five African countries. Collectively, ports in this region constituted a significant 40% market share of all container traffic through the African continent in 2005. One of the...
October 22nd, 2012
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Containers lines adjust their business model to cope with market and revenue volatility, and PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom, in cooperation with Ahmed Mowafy Fakhr-Eldin, presented a study on how they do so during the annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists - IAME 2012, that was held in Taipei, Taiwan. In recent decades, container trade has been one of the fastest growing segments of the shipping industry. In 2009 global container traffic faced a significant drop leading to difficult times for...
October 12th, 2012
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PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom in cooperation with Jasmine Siu Lee Lam, presented their latest research on the green port toolbox: a comparison of port management tools used by leading ports in Asia and Europe, during the annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists - IAME 2012, that was held in Taipei, Taiwan. The study attempts to fill the literature gap and the much desired industry needs by researching on green port development from the policy and management perspective. This study aims to...
October 11th, 2012
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PortEconomics member Jean-Paul Rodrigue and Porteconomics co-director Theo Notteboom presented their latest research on the geography of cruise itineraries,, during the annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists - IAME 2012, that was held in Taipei, Taiwan. In the past decades, the cruise industry developed into a mass market using large vessels and adding more revenue generating passenger services onboard. It is a highly concentrated business both in terms of players (i.e. four players accounting for 96%...
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