Thematic Area

February 20th, 2017
Thematic Area

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...
February 16th, 2017
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By Theo Notteboom The cargo volume handled remains a key performance indicator for ports. While also other indicators related to logistics performance, sustainability, innovation and economic impact are gaining ground, it remains relevant to observe how cargo volumes have evolved over time. The table shows the top 15 container ports in the European Union in 2016 based on container throughput expressed in TEU. It also includes container growth figures compared to 2015 and pre-crisis year 2007. The listed ports all handle more than 1.5...
February 14th, 2017
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By Theo Notteboom Belgian and Dutch container ports are part of the Rhine-Scheldt Delta, the largest container port region in Europe in volume terms. Dutch and Belgian ports together handled 23.9 million TEU in 2016 or 1.55% more than in 2015. Rotterdam continues to dominate the Dutch container port system handling 12.38 million TEU in 2016, a small increase of 1.2% compared to 2015. Rotterdam represents 99.5% of all container volumes handled in Dutch ports. Its lowest share ever was recorded in 2006 (i.e. 96%) when the port of Amsterdam...
January 3rd, 2017
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By Thomas Vitsounis The ports sector traditionally isn’t keen on being ‘disrupted’, and the relatively slow development of mobile apps seems to reflect that conservatism. But this year has seen a flurry of announcements of new apps – and that is significant. When it comes to the shipping industry and other parts of the supply chain, I can see some obvious trends, winners and start-ups in the area of apps. In general terms, the use of apps will change the industry and everyone knows that. When it comes to ports themselves,...
December 30th, 2016
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PortEconomics is celebrating the ending of 2016 recapping the articles that have captured the interest of the visitors of our web initiative so far for 2016. Our most popular papers on PortGraphics in 2016 were: 1. PortGraphic: top 15 european container ports in 2015 The PortGraphic of PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom shows the top 15 container ports in the European Union in 2015 based on container throughput expressed in TEU. It also includes container growth figures compared to 2014 and pre-crisis year 2007. What can we...
December 30th, 2016
Thematic Area

PortEconomics is celebrating the ending of 2016 recapping the articles that have captured the interest of the visitors of our web initiative so far for 2016. Our most popular papers on Port Authorities in 2016 were: 1. Marketing strategies of port authorities PortEconomics members Francesco Parola and Thanos Pallis along with Marcello Risitano & Marco Ferretti (University of Naples “Parthenope”), advance an innovative conceptualization of the marketing strategies developed by Port Authorities (PAs). The scholars frame a...
December 29th, 2016
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PortEconomics is celebrating the ending of 2016 recapping the articles that have captured the interest of the visitors of our web initiative so far for 2016. Our most popular papers on Cruise ports in 2016 were: 1. Mediterranean cruise ports: traffic growth continues A 5,62% increase of passenger movements comparing to 2014 was registered in Mediterranean cruise ports in 2015. The variation of cruise passenger movements in the second biggest cruise region of the world is positive when one relates the numbers with the one that had taken...
December 29th, 2016
Thematic Area

PortEconomics is celebrating the ending of 2016 recapping the articles that have captured the interest of the visitors of our web initiative so far for 2016. Our most popular papers on Container ports in 2016 were: 1. Container port competition in Europe PortEconomics co-directors Theo Notteboom and Peter de Langen in their latest port study Container port competition in Europe, discuss the port competition in Europe with a main focus on container ports and terminals and they provide an in-depth theoretical and empirical description of...
December 25th, 2016
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PortEconomics waves goodbye to 2016, with its co-director Theo Notteboom, summarising the nine 'take aways' of the year for European Ports By Theo Notteboom Take away 1.  Volume recovery please The year 2016 will go in history as another year of sluggish cargo volume growth. A few European ports present rather healthy growth figures, but the vast majority faces a very weak or even negative growth. In 2015, the cargo tonnage handled in the entire European port system was still 4.6% below the 2008 volumes. The first estimates for...
December 19th, 2016
Thematic Area

Trying to exploit the significant benefits associated with homeporting, several cruise ports are mobilised to establishing homeport operations. This goal is subject to a variety of factors, both internal and external one. A new port study by PortEconomics member George Vaggelas, co-authored by Spyros Niavis (University of Thessaly), defines the parameters and elements that affect the potential of a cruise port to become a homeport. The study, published in the third issue of first volume of the scholarly journal Maritime Business...
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