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October 24th, 2011
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The 9th Port Performance Research Network (PPRN) Meeting will be held in Santiago, Chile, on Tuesday 25th Ocotber 2011, the eve of the IAME 2011, at the headquarters of UNECLAC. The Port Performance Research Network (PPRN) is an informal network of maritime economists interested in issues of port policy. It was established at the IAME 2001 meeting in Hong Kong to undertake empirical testing of port governance and is currently coordinated by Mary R. Brooks and Thanos  Pallis. Since then, PPRN has met eight times, and its...
October 10th, 2011
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The member of the PortEconomics.eu team Dr. Thomas Vitsounis gave a series of lectures during the "Workshop on Ports as Engines of Economic Development and Strategic Management of Port Areas" organised by the European Commission (Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument-TAIEX) in Belgrade, 26 and 27 September 2011. During the first lecture, Thomas provided  an economic and legal analysis of the factors determining the competitiveness of ports and continued with an overview of  port performance practises. His final lecture...
October 4th, 2011
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The opening of IAME 2011 Conference, the annual meeting of maritime economists around the globe, will take place in Santiago Chile on October 25th, and a most interestening conference programme is to follow. With over 100 full papers accepted and contributors from five continents, this year's IAME 2011 Conference is going to be one of the outstanding events in Latin America this year. The organising team together with UN-ECLAC as host of the event are looking forward to welcoming the IAME community and supporters to this year's...
October 1st, 2011
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The scale of a port terminal is the theme of a new port study, by PortEonomics members Vicky Kasselimi, Theo Notteboom, Thanos Pallis and Sheila Farrell. The decision on the scale of a port terminal affects the terminal‟s managerial, operational and competitive position in all the phases of its life. It also affects competition structures in the port in which the terminal is operating, and has a potential impact on other terminals. Port authorities and terminal operators need to know the scale of the terminal when engaging in concession...
October 1st, 2011
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An empirical analysis in the port of Rotterdam of coordination mechanisms in improving hinterland accessibility is the theme of the study by PortEconomics associate member Larissa van der Lugt in association with Martijn van der is published in Maritime Policy and Management, the flagship journal of maritime economics (vol 38:4, pp. 415-435) Hinterland accessibility is one of the main determinants in port competition. Improving hinterland accessibility is a complex process in which many actors are involved and many factors play a role. It...
September 30th, 2011
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PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom, and Wei Yim Yap investigate the competitive dynamics between container ports in the light of liner shipping scheduling in a port study published in the latest issue of the scholarly journal Maritime Policy and Management (vol. 38, issue 5). Container ports provide the primary interface where physical exchange between buyers and sellers of containerised shipping capacity can be consolidated and realised. Consequently, ports that are able to complement and add value to the objectives of shipping lines and...
September 18th, 2011
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In a video interview to the Dutch newspaper Nieuwsblad Transport, European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas responsible for Transport announced his intention to bring forward in 2013 a package of proposals to help ports remain competitive and support the huge potential for growth in the port sector. 
June 14th, 2011
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The PortEconomics SummerCourse was completed with participants and instructors sharing their enthusiasm for the event. Updates on developments in the field and state-of-the art research, interesting discussions and networking dominated four productive days on the theme of "Advances in Port Management: Theory and Practice". Instructors included Thanos Pallis (University of the Aegean, Greece), Peter de Langen (University of Eindhoven/Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands), Theo Notteboom (ITMMA-University of Antwerp, Belgium), Mary Pierre...
June 14th, 2011
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June 2011: PortEconomics member Thanos Pallis presents its views on the progress of the European Port Policy and the lessons resulting for European integration at the International Meeting of the Hellenic University Association for European Studies (EPEES). The meeting, had the theme "Enlargement or deepening? The EU in the era of the Lisbon Treaty", and was held in Lesvos Greece, 11-12 June 2011. Thanos presentation  "Deepening or Widening? The adjustment challenge for sectoral EU policies: Lessons from the European Port Policy" is...
June 10th, 2011
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June 2011: A port study conducted by the members of the PortEconomics team Mary Brooks and Thanos Pallis, along with Prof. Tony Schellinck (Dalhousie University, Canada), is published in the latest issue of the scholarly journal Maritime Policy and Management. The paper is entitled "A systematic approach for evaluating port effectiveness" and examines how users evaluate effectiveness and which are the critical factors for their evaluation, based on an online survey. Based on the findings of the field research - conducted in Canada with the...
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