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October 19th, 2016
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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
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"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
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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
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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
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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...
September 12th, 2016
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With total throughput 6.36 million tonnes of dry bulk cargo, 3.98 million TEUs, 28.23 million coastal passengers and 2.07 cruise passengers in 2014, Greek ports are important actors in local, national and regional level. In 2014, their turnover exceeded the €326 million. GREPORT 2016, the Report on Greek Ports  by PortEconomics members Thanos Pallis and George Vaggelas is the first comprehensive record and analysis of the developments of the Greek port industry over the last decade. The port study, published by Port &...
September 8th, 2016
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Financial markets, traditionally, have been a secondary source of funds for the port industry, compared with alternative financial resources such as retained earnings, governmental support and corporate bank loans (Stopford, 2009). Nonetheless, the amount of money required for upgrading extant infrastructures, developing mega-projects and fuelling private terminal operators’ overseas expansion made the traditional sources of capital inadequate. In this perspective, recent empirical evidence suggests that equity capital markets will extend...
September 2nd, 2016
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Seaports are large networked infrastructures, which have considerable spatial impacts. Such infrastructures must be prepared to accommodate future developments within a context of stakeholder pressure. Similar to other large industrial operations generating substantial externalities, transport industries are large polluters. In 2012, it was noted that international shipping accounted for nearly 1,000 million tonnes of CO2, CH4 and N2O, an equivalent of 2,2% of global green house gas emissions. These levels are even expected to increase...
August 31st, 2016
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A port study co-authored by PortEconomics member Thomas Vitsounis received the KLU Young Researcher Best Paper Award of the Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists held in Hamburg, Germany 23-26 August 2016. The study models spillover effects across container sectors (commodities) over time. In more detail, the study conceptualizes the container port throughput as a function of different evolutions of the various sectors that make up the aggregate container output. Arguing, the container cycle may be...
August 30th, 2016
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The annual conference of the International Association of PortΕconomics – IAME 2016, that was held 23-26 August in Hamburg, Germany provided to the PortEconomics team the opportunity to present the port research that they conducted over the last year. In total, PortEconomics members presented 16 different port or port related studies that progressed over the course of the last months, shaping research developments in the emerging research field of port economics, policy and management, as well as in port related studies. Over the...
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