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July 4th, 2016
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The aspirations of the cruise companies and how they are shapping the challenges that cruise ports are facing today was the key issue addressed by PortEconomics member George Vaggelas during the presentation titled "Cruise ports and sustainability – Contemporary issues". Cruise ships gigantism, port-city relations, cruise port efficiency and investments in cruise ports along with the cruise port user’s satisfaction are among the top challenges. How these challenges are connected with cruise ports sustainability issues was also a...
June 29th, 2016
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“The future is smart: the digitisation of container trade and supply chains” was the title of the session moderated by PortEconomics member Thomas Vitsounis during the highly profiled TOC Europe conference held in Hamburg 14-16 June 2016. The discussion focused on new technologies and how they already alter the ports and maritime industry with reference to innovative examples already applied in several ports around the globe. Thomas also acted as a speaker in a session about “The internet of things and big data: Connectivity,...
June 10th, 2016
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How the One-belt-one-road (OBOR) policy might affect european port-hinterland dynamics? In 2013 Xi Jinping embarked in a strategy to “break the connectivity bottleneck” in Asia.  60 countries are already involved, with this policy impacting 4.4 billion people.  In March 2015, the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiatives action plan was detailed. PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom addressed the theme during his invited presentation gave at the ESPO Conference 2016, held in 2-3 June in Dublin, Ireland. Theo also...
May 7th, 2016
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On 3 May 1966 - so 50 years ago - the MS Fairland arrived in Rotterdam under the watchful eye of Queen Juliana, with 226 containers on board. From that moment on, the Sea-Land Shipping Company has been maintaining a weekly container service between New York and the West European ports of Rotterdam, Bremen and Grangemouth, and Rotterdam became Europe's first container port. The importance of container transport for global trade can hardly be overestimated – which is why the container has also been called ‘the invention of the century’....
February 29th, 2016
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The combination the three port products- 1. Transport hub, 2. Value-added logistics hub and 3. Industry, the strengthens of the overall port complex and the market segments for these three products were at the centre of PortEconomics co-director Peter de Langen presentation during the two-days workshop organised by the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, on 21-22 February in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Peter focused on the Golf Cooperation Countries  (GCC) transition challenges and analysed the quality for container...
February 26th, 2016
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The quality in ports was in the centre of discussions during the two-days workshop organised by the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, on 21-22 February in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. PortEconomics member George Vaggelas in his presentation discussed the quality attributes and the relations of quality of several operational aspects of a port. George analysed the reasons behind the importance of quality in ports and presented some well established quality processes and standards in the port industry and existing...
January 30th, 2016
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Climate change is arguably an irreversible process and could lead to catastrophic climate change-related risk posed to human lives and activities. Hence, taking effective port adaptation measures to climate change is not a choice but necessity nowadays. PortEconomics associate member Adolf Ng delivered a seminar presentation at the Sauder School of Business of the University of British Columbia (UBC) on Climate Change and Adaptation Planning for Ports: The Need for a New Paradigm? Adolf argued on the decision-making process to be...
January 17th, 2016
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How can ports change a city? And what can a city do to enhance this? PortEconomics co-director Thanos Pallis took active part at the one-day conference 'Piraeus: Relations between the Port and the City',  discussed organised in Piraeus, Greece by the Univerisy of Piraeus. Thanos joined the Greek Minister for Shipping and Island Policy, the Mayor of the City of Piraeus, and Stavros Hatzakos, General Manager of the Port of Piraeus, discussing the prospects and impact of changing container and cruise activities on city development,...
December 15th, 2015
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The prospects of cruising in the Med, and their implications for the Greek cruise market, were the themes of the conference organised by the Greek Cruise Union in the context of the 2nd Greek Tourism Expo 2015. PortEconomics co-director Thanos Pallis, under his capacity as MedCruise Secretary General, was among the keynote speakers. Thanos presentation on "Prospects for cruise activities in the Med" emphasised the numerous challenges that the cruise industry in the Med face: the deployment trends around the globe, the need to accommodate...
December 5th, 2015
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The competitive position of the upgraded Panama Canal was the theme of an invited presentation by PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom, delivered at the 3rd Busan International Port Conference (BIPC). About 500 port leaders and figures in the global port and shipping industry attended the event. Theo,gave his perspective on the current and future position of the Panama Canal vis-à-vis other (competing) routes. During his presentation, he underlined that global shipping and intermodal transport networks are adapting to the growing...
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