PortStudies

November 16th, 2016
PortStudies

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
PortStudies

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...
October 19th, 2016
PortStudies

The Italian port case, as it constitutes a sound empirical field for achieving a deeper understanding of the impact of multi-scalar embeddedness that originates at both national and local level is the latest port study of PortEconomics members Francesco Parola and Giovanni Satta co-authored with Claudio Ferrari, Enrico Musso (University of Genoa) and Alessio Tei (Newcastle University). Τhe study presented at the annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME 2016) held in Hamburg, Germany. In particular,...
September 29th, 2016
PortStudies

"A third of EU spending on facilities such as quays, docks and breakwaters at EU seaports between 2000 and 2013 was ineffective and unsustainable", according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. The European Court of Auditors issued a report on port investments within the bloc, and its findings were rather disappointing. One euro in three spent on the projects examined (€194 million) went on projects which duplicated existing facilities nearby. €97 million was invested in infrastructure which was either unused or...
September 29th, 2016
PortStudies

The expanding sample of collaboration activities developed by port management entities with non-proximate ports, or other commercial entities and institutions is examined in the latest port study of PortEconomics member Thanos Pallis along with Evie Kladaki. Τhe study presented in presented at the annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME 2016) held in Hamburg, Germany. The focus  is on a number cases where such collaboration is formed beyond the notion of proximity, that is to say, on cross-border...
September 26th, 2016
PortStudies

A new port study explores the multidimensional nature of “port competitiveness” arguing that port competitiveness and its drivers are significantly affected by major changes in maritime industry . The latest port study of PortEconomics member Francesco Parola, co-author with Marcello Risitano , Marco Ferretti and Eva Panetti (all at University of Naples "Parthenope") reviews research on port competitiveness that has so far focused on the identification of the drivers of port competitiveness and their measurement. The analysis...
September 15th, 2016
PortStudies

The Review of Maritime Transport 2015 has been released by UNCTAD sheds light to developments in shipping and ports around the globe within 2015. Around 80 per cent of the volume of international trade in goods is carried by sea, and the percentage is even higher for most developing countries. The Review of Maritime Transport provides an analysis of structural and cyclical changes affecting seaborne trade, ports and shipping, as well as an extensive collection of statistical information. Chapter 4 is devoted to developments in...
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