PortStudies

February 20th, 2017
PortStudies

The decision about which port or terminal to use is more often driven by issues like route risk and diversification, labor strife and competing offerings by shipping lines. Shipping line network configuration, own terminal investments, existing alliance partner investments, and availability of the cranes to service ever-larger ships are also critical factors. In an article that was first published on 7 Feb 2917, @ the Reconnecting Asia website, Mary R. Brooks debates whether or not automation at ports is a disruptive enough technology to...
December 30th, 2016
PortStudies

In 2016, PortEconomics launched PortReports, a new PortEconomics Discussion Reports series aiming to enrich business and academic insights related to the port sector and to support policy-making by port profession. PortReports are freely distributed to visitors of our initiative, who simply have to freely login. The first PortReport, which has been collectively prepared by four PortEconomics members: Theo Notteboom, Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Jason Monios and Gordon Wilmsmeier, identifies the type of distribution activities...
December 30th, 2016
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PortEconomics is celebrating the ending of 2016 recapping the articles that have captured the interest of the visitors of our web initiative so far for 2016. Our most popular papers on Port Authorities in 2016 were: 1. Marketing strategies of port authorities PortEconomics members Francesco Parola and Thanos Pallis along with Marcello Risitano & Marco Ferretti (University of Naples “Parthenope”), advance an innovative conceptualization of the marketing strategies developed by Port Authorities (PAs). The scholars frame a...
December 29th, 2016
PortStudies

PortEconomics is celebrating the ending of 2016 recapping the articles that have captured the interest of the visitors of our web initiative so far for 2016. Our most popular papers on Container ports in 2016 were: 1. Container port competition in Europe PortEconomics co-directors Theo Notteboom and Peter de Langen in their latest port study Container port competition in Europe, discuss the port competition in Europe with a main focus on container ports and terminals and they provide an in-depth theoretical and empirical description of...
December 19th, 2016
PortStudies

Trying to exploit the significant benefits associated with homeporting, several cruise ports are mobilised to establishing homeport operations. This goal is subject to a variety of factors, both internal and external one. A new port study by PortEconomics member George Vaggelas, co-authored by Spyros Niavis (University of Thessaly), defines the parameters and elements that affect the potential of a cruise port to become a homeport. The study, published in the third issue of first volume of the scholarly journal Maritime Business...
November 16th, 2016
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Over the last decade, insights from the strategic management discipline have increasingly been applied to ports. A review of literature shows that in the analysis of port authority strategy mainly outside-in approaches are applied. The latest port study of PortEconomics members Larissa van der Lugt and Peter de Langen along with Lorike Hagdorn (VU Amsterdam) adds to the emerging understanding of the port authority’s strategy by applying a cognitive perspective. Specifically, the strategic cognition of firms’ executives is one of the...
November 9th, 2016
PortStudies

UNCTAD published today the 2016 edition of Review of Maritime Transport, a recurrent publication prepared by the UNCTAD secretariat since 1968 with the aim of fostering the transparency of maritime markets and analysing relevant developments. In one of  its sections – Chapter 4, Review of Maritime Transport 2016 sets out to describe the work of UNCTAD in helping developing countries improve port performance in order to lower transport costs and achieve better integration into global trade. The Review explores new datasets in port...
November 9th, 2016
PortStudies

PortEconomics associate member Martijn van der Horst successfully defended his PhD thesis at Delft University of Technology, entitled Coordination in Hinterland Chains: An institutional analysis of port-related transport. Martijn joined the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology as a guest-PhD candidate to work on his thesis under supervisor of prof. John Groenewegen (emeritus professor in Economics of Infrastructure). The thesis was defended in public in the presence of a thesis committee on 3rd of...
October 29th, 2016
PortStudies

Which categories of port industry revenues directly support the movement of goods?   Port tariffs (charges) can be used to identify expenditures on services that are essential to moving cargo through port systems - and this is the theme of the latest port study of PortEconomics member Grace Wang, co-authored with Wen-Huei Chang (US Army Corp of Engineers), Yue Cui (Michigan State University). Conversion factors were developed to standardize port tariffs and build expenditure profiles based on these standardized charges. Case studies...
October 25th, 2016
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An assessment of what fluidity is, how it is currently measured in Canadian maritime supply chains for both bulk cargoes and manufactured goods, and report on the gaps existing in the current measurement system to identify where improvements can be made is the latest port study of PortEconomics member Mary Brooks presented at the annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME 2016) held in Hamburg, Germany. Questions addressed are: (1) What are the current measures in place to measure fluidity in three...
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