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September 24th, 2012
PortStudies

PortEconomics members Michael Dooms and Francesco Parola and associate member Larissa Van Der Lugt, presented their latest study on the applicability of strategy concepts for hybrid organisations such as the port authorities, during the annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists - IAME 2012, that was held in Taipei, Taiwan. Due to dynamic competition, the gain of autonomy through port devolution and the resulting evolution towards accountability in diverse fields of performance, port authorities (PAs) are...
September 18th, 2012
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PortEconomics member Pierre Cariou, in collaboration with Ali Cheaitou, presented their latest research on Cascading Effect, Network Configuration and Optimal Transshipment Volumes during the annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists - IAME 2012, that was held in Taipei, Taiwan. As a consequence of the emergence of large container ships, which have driven freight rates down and left companies struggling with over-capacity, liner shipping companies have faced an unprecedented drop in demand. One of the...
August 13th, 2012
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PortEconomics associate member Mary Brooks presented her latest research on the changing regulation of coastal shipping in Australia, during the annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists - IAME 2012, that was held in Taipei, Taiwan. Market access to coastal shipping services is often severely restricted, but in some markets access is more liberalized. Most countries impose national flag requirements as a minimum. However, Australia's coastal shipping market has been more open than many other markets,...
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 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 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 12th, 2011
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A study on Market Concentration in Coastal Shipping and Limitations to island's accessibility, co-authored by PortEconomics member Thomas Vitsounis and Ass. Prof. Maria Lekakou (STT-Uni of the Aegean, Gr) is published in the latest issue of the scholarly journal Research in Transportation Business & Management. The paper tests two research hypotheses of great relevance for port users, service providers, and policy-makers in the case of a major coastal market in Europe (i.e. Greece). The first one is the extent that the coastal shipping...
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 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...
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