Thematic Area

December 27th, 2017
Thematic Area

By Jean-Paul Rodrigue The St. Lawrence, as a gateway to Eastern Canada, is contemplating an emerging risk in the Post Panamax context, which is undermining its commercial viability for containerized maritime shipping. The Port of Quebec handled containers in the early stages of containerization, but by the late 1970s all this traffic shifted to Montreal because of its notable market advantage and excellent connectivity to the Ontario and Midwest hinterland. However, technical changes in containership sizes are gradually challenging...
December 11th, 2017
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By Theo Notteboom The very recent merger between the port of Ghent in Belgium and Zeeland Seaports in the Netherlands has an impact of the position of the Rhine-Scheldt Delta port system in Europe. The Delta now counts no less than 4 of the 10 largest ports in Europe in terms of total port throughput in metric tons The Delta now counts no less than 4 of the 10 largest ports in Europe in terms of total port throughput in metric tons. The new North Sea Port handled 62 million tons in 2016. The Delta ports together handled 885 million tons...
December 11th, 2017
Thematic Area

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 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 21st, 2017
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PortEconomics member George Vaggelas presented the platform for measuring the port users’ perception on port performance, one of the new topics on port performance measurement that has been tackled in the PORTOPIA framework. Following a brief description of the electronic platform developed for the exploitation of port users’ perceptions, George presented the results of the pilot phase, conducted by a team also including PortEconomics member Thanos Pallis, which aimed at assessing the functionality of the electronic platform and its...
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 7th, 2017
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By Peter de Langen This year saw positive news for the two large new port development projects in North West Europe: JadeWeserPort and London Gateway Both ports, sometimes cited as unsuccessful port development projects, are on a slower development path than initially foreseen but now seem to have developed the critical mass for further growth. And they have managed to grow in complicated market environments. This is in sharp contrast to a previous ‘newcomer’, Zeebrugge, that also managed to attract substantial volumes - over...
October 22nd, 2017
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In which ways the changing organizational routines of shipping (i.e., alliance formation and vertical integration in container terminal operations) are affecting the selection of ports of call in intercontinental liner service networks? The latest port study by PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom, Francesco Parola, Giovanni Satta and Thanos Pallis analyses the relationship between port choice and terminal involvement of alliance members in container shipping. The study examines the relationship between port choice of alliance...
October 20th, 2017
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Aiming to effectively respond to calls for upgrading cruise terminals, while safeguarding public spending, port authorities started to seek the active involvement of third parties to finance, construct, operate, and/or commercially develop cruise facilities. Specialized cruise terminals replace multi-purpose or temporary docking facilities. New cruise terminals are built and existing ones are upsized and upgraded, imposing additional investments on the hosting ports. In their award winning paper (Winner of “Best Conference Paper”,...
September 8th, 2017
Thematic Area

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...
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