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March 23rd, 2012
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The awarding of terminals in seaports are the theme of the latest issue of the Maritime Policy and Management. The issue is co-edited by PortEconomics co-directors Theo Notteboom, and Thanos Pallis, in collaboration with Dr. Sheila Farrell. In many countries around the world, governments and public port authorities have retreated from port operations in the belief that enterprise-based port services and operations would allow for greater flexibility and efficiency in the market (through more competition) and a better response to...
February 18th, 2012
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PortEconomics co-director Thanos Pallis presented his views on the prospects and current initiatives to promote the competitivess of Greek ports, during the Financial Times World Shipping Congress that took place in Athens Greece, 19 & 20 February 2012. In front of a crowd that included presidents of shipowners' Associations representing 3 continents, 10 major Shipping Countries and almost 60% of the international fleet. Thanos, acting at his capacity as General Secretary of ports and port policy of the Hellenic Republic, presented his...
February 5th, 2012
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PortEconomics ass. member Patrick Verhoeven delivered the inaugural lecture at the Apulian distinguished lectures series, sharing with the audience his thoughts on the governance of seaports and the economic and societal challenges that today's port authorities are facing. The Apulian distinguished lectures series are held in Brindisi, Italy, and are a joint initiative by the Region Puglia, the City of Brindisi, the University of Salento and the Port Authority of Brindisi. The project is co-ordinated by the President of the Port of Brindisi...
February 2nd, 2012
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The UNCTAD study "How to utilize FDI to improve transport infrastructure - ports: Lessons from Nigeria" prepared by Thanos Pallis with inputs and assistance from PortEconomics member Aimilia Papachristou was released on January 31st in Geneva and New York. The study draws lessons from the experience of Nigeria and its broad-based port reforms over the past decade. A rising number of developing countries have reformed governance models and introduced private investment and management in formerly State-dominated ports. Foreign direct...
January 27th, 2012
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PortEconomics ass. member Pierre Cariou - in collaboration with Figueirido de Olivera G. studied the efficiency of iron ore and coal ports in more than 15 countries, with their study published in the scholarly journal Maritime Policy and Management Pierre and Figuerido used data envelopment analysis to asses the efficiency of 122 iron ore and coal ports in 2005. Estimates for 54 loading and 68 unloading ports show that the main source of inefficiency in bulk terminals is related to the scale. Results aggregated at a country level...
December 28th, 2011
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Porteconomics co-director Peter de Langen, who works at Port of Rotterdam Authority as well as Eindhoven University of Technology, developed a management case on the hinterland access challenge of Rotterdam. The case describes Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR) and its challenge to contribute to cheap, efficient, sustainable and reliable hinterland transport. The students are asked to come up with suggestions for activities of Port of Rotterdam. The case has been done with students on bachelor (Fontys vocational university) as well as master...
December 23rd, 2011
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Francesco Parola delivered a presentation (in French), together with his colleagues Valérie Lavaud, Anne Cadoret and Salvatore Maugeri, themed "Analyser les conflits portuaires pour comprendre les dynamiques et la gouvernance portuaires. Une comparaison de Sète, Gênes et Naples", at the Journées Internationales sur la gouvernance et les communauté portuaire en Europe. The speech provided an overview on the major sources of conflicts within the port domain, also depicting the most critical phases in the evolution of port governance...
December 20th, 2011
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Year 2011 concludes with a highlight for the port research activities of the PortEconomics team, the contribution of five port studies in the just published Blackwell Companion to Maritime Economics. The volume, edited by Wayne Talley, provides a comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the entire scope of issues relating to shipping and port economics, containing in total 11 chapters concerned with the economics of ports – i.e., the provision of port services and the users of these services, Mary Brooks and Thanos Pallis discuss the...
December 18th, 2011
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Dr George Vaggelas delivered an invited presentation at the Regional Seminar Tourism and Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean that was held in Genoa on 12-14 of December 2011. George's presentation Cruise tourism: Economic benefits, sustainable development and port-city relations included facts regarding the importance of cruise tourism as an economic generator for the local economies, the potential impact of cruise on sustainability issues as well as the value of port-city relationships for increasing the attractiveness of a city as a...
December 14th, 2011
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Participating at the 6th edition of the European Conference & Exhibition on Inland terminals, held in Barcelona, Spain, one of the major ports in the Med with a surprisingly big hinterland on the European continent, PortEconomics associate member Jean-Paul Rodrigue delivered a presentation on "Port Regionalization, Inland Terminals and Last Mile Logistics". The European Conference & Exhibition on Inland terminals is always organised in the transport and logistical hotspots of Europe: Duisburg (Germany), Antwerp (Belgium), Paris...
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