Containers

March 28th, 2017
Containers

By Peter de Langen The term ‘physical internet’ has emerged in recent years as a metaphor for the future of freight transport. While the metaphor possibly obscures more than it enlightens, it nevertheless makes sense to explore the implications for ocean shipping. The physical internet analogy sees the transportation of physical goods organised in the same way as that of the ‘transport’ of information across the internet. When we send an email, the message is broken up in various parts, each of which is sent via a different route...
March 16th, 2017
Containers

In an article included in a special volume of the scholarly journal Research in Transportation Business and Management (RTBM), revisiting port governance and port reform around the globe,  PortEconomics member Jasmine Lam, joined by Zengqi Xiao, recap port governance and policy developments in Singapore, emphasising the evolution of the port-city relationship. Port cities serve as a link between the local economy and the global economy, is an interaction of both urban and port systems, giving rise to its complex and dynamic...
March 3rd, 2017
Containers

By Theo Notteboom Shanghai was a latecomer in the container business: its first container terminal was opened in 1983 The Portgraphic shows Shanghai’s year-on-year growth in container throughput compared to the top three container ports in Europe (i.e. Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg) and the top three container ports in North America (i.e. Los Angeles, Long Beach and New York/New Jersey).The period of observation starts in 1986. The top three European ports started to receive containers shortly after the launch of the first...
February 20th, 2017
Containers

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
Containers

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
Containers

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
Containers

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
Containers

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 29th, 2016
Containers

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...
November 4th, 2016
Containers

By Jonas Mendes Constante and Alexandre Sánchez Pérez Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. At least that is what people say. The truth is that a perfect storm is stepping over the port and shipping industry. On the one side, oil price collapse, trade/GDP multiplier below one, decrease of the emerging economies growth, supply overcapacity and some other external factors are putting pressure on the shipping companies’ results. On the other side, the advances in robotics and 3D printing could move part of the...
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