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December 11th, 2017
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The undergoing structural changes, that put shipping and ports industry under pressure and driving the need for innovation was the key theme of PortEconomics member Indra Vonck presentation during the Baltic Ports Conference 2017. Indra divided these structural changes in three major issues: 1. Increased complexity, 2. Pressure on revenue and costs and 3. Energy transition. Detailing the three issues he concluded in suggestions that will move forward the port industry: The future of the ports is challenging but bright since...
December 7th, 2017
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The impacts of a (geo)political and economic crisis on the distribution of port traffic and maritime networks was the main theme of PortEconomics member Cesar Ducruet during his presentation at the 1st International Forum of Korean Maritime Institute held on 28 November in Busan, Korea. The case of North Korea is particularly relevant as it provides a fertile ground to investigate the dynamics and mechanisms of logistics disruption. A first-hand database on vessel movements connecting North Korean ports between 1977 and 2015 is exploited...
December 4th, 2017
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By Theo Notteboom A look at the changing container port volume 'skyline' in Europe. The movie shows the evolution of the TEU volumes between 1985 and 2016. You can see the sheer size of north European container ports (Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, etc.), the recent rise of new container hubs (Piraeus, Gdansk, Sines, etc.), the emergence of Mediterranean transhipment hubs in the mid-1990s (Algeciras, Gioia Tauro, Marsaxlokk, etc.) and the impact of the financial-economic crisis on port volumes in 2009. ...
November 14th, 2017
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Exploring possibilities for benchmarking the European port system on specific indicators against non-European port systems, PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom present a summary of the (publicly available) Indicators reported by international organisations and associations, non-European national statistics agencies and offices and other miscalleneous sources. The presentation was delivered during the final event of the PORTOPIA project, that was held in Brussels on 9th of November, and is available to be freely downloaded (following...
November 13th, 2017
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PortEconomics members, who have contributed to the development of the PORTOPIA project, shaped the final event of the project that was held in Brussels on 9 November 2017. The PORTOPIA project, which started in 2013, is aimed at the development of key performance data for European ports and the accompanying ICT tools facilitating data collection and analysis, assisting the industry in moving towards a more sustainable and competitive port system. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for...
October 26th, 2017
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UNCTAD published today the 2017 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. The Review of Maritime Transport 2017 presents key developments in the world economy and international trade and related impacts on shipping demand and supply, and freight and charter markets in 2016 and early 2017, as well as seaports and the regulatory and legal framework. In Chapter 4, Review of...
September 21st, 2017
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The PORTOPIA partners - including several PortEconomics members - are happy to present the outcome of the project and to shed a light on future developments during the Final Event that will take place on November 9, 2017 in the BNP Paribas Fortis Auditorium Marais in Brussels (Belgium). This event must be seen as a milestone in the data digitalisation agenda of the European port sector. Within the framework of the PORTOPIA project, a European consortium of academics, IT experts and port professionals has been working for four years on the...
September 8th, 2017
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By Theo Notteboom The table shows the top 15 container ports in the European Union in 2016 based on container throughput expressed in TEU and the year-on-year growth in H1 2017 (for some ports Q1 2017). No figures were available for Marsaxlokk. What do the figures reveal? With an overall growth figure of 3.7%, the top 15 ports are performing much better than in 2016 First, with an overall growth figure of 3.7%, the top 15 ports are performing much better than in 2016 (+2.1%) and 2015 (-1.6%). The top three recorded a...
August 15th, 2017
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Port performance measurement is continuously gaining ground in contemporary port management. Intense competition and the progressive metamorphosis of port authorities’ idiosyncrasies towards more commercialised and industrialised entities have been vital: ports, in their vast majority, are actively engaged in the complex supply chains aiming, among others, to increase market shares. In this setting, the importance of port performance measurement emerged as a necessary condition for ports in order to benchmark their business vis-a-vis...
August 7th, 2017
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According to the International Energy Agency, the contribution of international shipping to carbon footprint is as large as some major countries. To curb emissions, containerized shipping lines have implemented some technical and operational. The latest port study of PortEconomics member Pierre Cariou co-authored with Ali Cheaitou and Rim Larbi (University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates), considers this element in the context of the strategic and tactical aspects of liner services design. The objective is to determine the optimal...
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