PortStudies

April 17th, 2017
PortStudies

China is home to the largest port system in the world, certainly in terms of cargo volumes. Chinese ports are subject to a unique port governance framework which differs from the traditional landlord port system found in most key ports around the world. Port governance in China is the theme of a recent port study co-authored by PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom and Yang Zhongzhen. The global and domestic economic slowdown and structural changes in the economic base have affected volumes and freight traffic growth in Chinese...
April 3rd, 2017
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The port reform processes in two neighbouring East African countries, Kenya and Tanzania is the theme of PortEconomics member Michael Dooms along with Sheila Farrell (Imperial College, London, United Kingdom) new port study. The port study provides historical analysis of port reforms in Kenya and Tanzania and is accompanied by a forward-looking assessment of whether existing institutions will allow these African ports to evolve in the same direction as North European ports. The authors examine whether or not Kenya and Tanzania ports are...
March 27th, 2017
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By the spring of 1994, Canada's dire financial situation had become apparent to the Government, and the policy decision was made to withdraw from government operation of transportation infrastructure while retaining ownership as a means of addressing Canada's fiscal challenge. Furthermore, Transport Canada's mission to make the transportation system affordable while ensuring it was safe, reliable and efficient was reaffirmed in section 5 of the Canada Transportation Act, 1995. The times were interesting as a wave of new public management...
March 27th, 2017
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Are port governance reforms embedded in specific institutional and economic domains? In their latest port study examining the recent renovation of port governance in Italy, PortEconomics members Francesco Parola and Giovanni Satta - along with Claudio Ferrari (University of Genoa), Alessio Tei (Newcastle University, UK) and Enrico Musso (University of Genoa) - challenge traditional models and proposed an alternative contextualization of governance schemes in local territorial contexts. The study analyzes institutional trajectories in...
March 23rd, 2017
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Compared with the port governance models and reforms endorsed in other countries, port governance in Greece has developed in many respects in a very unique way. Greece has departed from the initial choice to attempt the application of generic port governance models developed at international level opting for governance patterns that contradict the usual European model defined by the dominance of port concessions and publicly owned port authorities performing regulatory functions prototype. In a study included in a special volume...
March 17th, 2017
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In an article included in a special volume of the scholarly journal Research in Transportation Business and Management (RTBM), revisiting port governance and port reform around the globe,  PortEconomics members Mary Brooks and Thanos Pallis are joined by Kevin Cullinane to recap port governance and policy developments in 25 countries. A wave of port reforms was observed around the globe in the 1990s and early 2000s. Although these port reforms were eclectic in both their objectives and the forms they took, they did share a common context...
March 16th, 2017
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In an article included in a special volume of the scholarly journal Research in Transportation Business and Management (RTBM), revisiting port governance and port reform around the globe,  PortEconomics member Jasmine Lam, joined by Zengqi Xiao, recap port governance and policy developments in Singapore, emphasising the evolution of the port-city relationship. Port cities serve as a link between the local economy and the global economy, is an interaction of both urban and port systems, giving rise to its complex and dynamic...
March 10th, 2017
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The lack of a sound conceptualization of logistics centres originates from the variety in temporal and spatial approaches. In transportation chains, path-breaking trends in market needs, technological innovations and institutional changes, as well as the place specificity of logistics centres embedded in various national contexts inevitably led to a substantial theoretical ambiguity. PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom, Francesco Parola, Giovanni Satta, along with Marcello Risitano (University of Naples "Parthenope", Italy) aim to...
February 27th, 2017
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By Jean-Paul Rodrigue Although several aspects of e-commerce are perceived as a retail activity, it can better be understood from a freight distribution perspective. Because of the characteristics of its operations, e-commerce is having four fundamental impacts on freight distribution: • Distribution Pattern. The growth in home deliveries is one of the most tangible impacts of e-commerce as consumers are switching a growing share of their consumption (particularly discretionary) to purchases made online. Instead of a retail...
February 20th, 2017
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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...
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