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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 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...
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 28th, 2017
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PortEconomics celebrates the publication of PortReport No 2 - the second of the PortEconomics Discussion Reports series - with a study by PortEconomics member Ricardo Sanchez discussing the evolution of the Caribbean container port market over the last two decades. The Caribbean, also known as the Mar de las Antillas, is an area of 2.7 million km². It is easy to see the importance of its size by comparing it with other similar seas such as the Mediterranean (2.5 million km²), the North Sea (650 thousand km²), or the Baltic (420...
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 11th, 2017
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Using a game theory approach, the latest port study of PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom and Cui Han (University of Antwerp, Belgium) analyses a situation in which the government imposes a certain emission tax on vessels and port operations for emission control in port areas. Two ports are considered: a purely private port and a landlord (partial public) port. These two ports are in Cournot or Bertrand competition or cooperation with differentiated service. The authors' model outcomes lead to the following conclusions. First, the...
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...
August 1st, 2017
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The rapid growth of the cruise industry since the beginning of the ‘90 has stimulated the ongoing debate on its positive and negative impacts at economic, social and environmental level. Under multiple stakeholder pressure, leading international cruise companies have re-shape their communication strategies by fostering their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) attitude to successfully manage stakeholders and support their corporate strategies. Grounding on stakeholder theory and legitimacy theory, the paper addresses cruise lines’ CSR...
July 31st, 2017
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By Theo Notteboom Total container throughput in the EU increased by 13.9% between pre-crisis year 2007 and 2016. Rotterdam is the largest container port in Europe (12.38 million TEU in 2016) followed by Antwerp (10.04 million TEU) and Hamburg (8.91 million TEU). When grouping seaports together in multiple-port regions we get a better picture of the container port handling hotspots in Europe. Observation 1 - The Rhine-Scheldt Delta is, more than ever, the stronghold of the Hamburg-Le Havre range With 24 million TEU handled in 2016,...
July 20th, 2017
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An interesting coversation between two maritime economists members of PortEconomics took place during TOC Europe which was held 27-29 June 2017. Jean-Paul Rodrigue and Peter de Langen had a live exchange of views and arguments regarding: The 4th industrial revolution and peak containerization The inland terminal as a value proposition in container transport The disadvantages of scale in maritime shipping The relevance of business ecosystems for terminal operators Download the presentation of the conversation via PortEconomics...
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