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November 26th, 2011
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A new port study by Mary Brooks, Thanos Pallis and Tony Schellinck examining Users' perspectives of port effectiveness in North America is published in Transport Research Records (TRR), an ISI indexed scholarly journal published by the Transportation Research Board in US. (vol. 2222, pp. 34-42), This study discusses the findings of a survey of port users' perspectives in North America that identifies and evaluates a key, yet under-researched, component of port performance, that is effectiveness in delivering port services to port users....
November 26th, 2011
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PortEconomics associate member Dr. Michaël Dooms has won the 4th edition of the ‘Palgrave Macmillan Prize in Maritime Economics and Logistics (MEL)’ – a price awarded for PhD theses submitted and defended between July 2008 and June 2011. The prize was awarded after submission of the complete PhD thesis and an academic paper, followed by a procedure of peer review of thesis and paper by an academic panel of 14 eminent scholars in the field. Since 2002, this prestigious prize is awarded every 3 years to the best PhD theses, which have...
November 26th, 2011
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Dr. Thomas Vitsounis delivers an invited lecture on  Key Performance Indicators and Balanced Scorecard in Ports during the Masport Seminar that was held in Valencia, November 10th-11th 2011. Thomas presented the output of mainstream research on Balanced port performance measurement with the emphasis being on port users' perceived value. Moreover, Thomas had the opportunity to present the recent output of the "Port Performance Indicators: Selection and Measurement" project to a vibrant and of top quality audience. The MASPORT...
November 24th, 2011
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PortEconomics associate members Michael Dooms, César Ducruet, and Elvira Haezendonck contribute to a working paper offering an evaluation of the performance of the ports of the Seine Axis (Le Havre, Rouen, Caen and Paris), as well as an analysis of the impact of the ports on their territory and an assessment of policies and governance in this field. This is the first case study of the OECD Port Cities Programme and is published as part of a series of OECD Working Papers on Regional Development published by the OECD Public Governance and...
November 14th, 2011
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PortEconomics associate member Prof. Mary R. Brooks won the MEL Best Paper at the IAME (International Association of Maritime Economists) 2011 Conference, for the study: UNDERSTANDING MODE CHOICE DECISIONS: A STUDY OF AUSTRALIAN FREIGHT SHIPPERS. The prize was presented by Prof. Kevin Cullinane Edinburgh Napier University - TRI) and the study has been co-authored MARY R. BROOKS (Dalhousie University), SEAN M. PUCKETT, (US Dept. of Transportation, Volpe National Transportation Systems Ctr.); DAVID A. HENSHER (University of Sydney); and...
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...
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