Containers

June 23rd, 2017
Containers

By Jean-Paul Rodrigue In June 14th, the Maersk-MSC-CMA-CGM-Amazon-Alibaba-Citibank-Allianz (MMCCAACA) shipping line announced the introduction of its latest ship class, the Mariana-Max. The 350,000 to 400,000 TEUs ships (depending on the load configuration) will service selected Pacific routes, over which it will replace the To-The-Max ship class of 200,000 TEUs. According to MMCCAACA executives, Mariana-Max ships will create value for their customers by reducing shipping costs per TEU by a factor of 20% (from 5 cents per TEU to 4 cents...
June 6th, 2017
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The throughput of containerized cargo in the ports of Latin America and the Caribbean fell 0.9% in 2016, according to data released today by ECLAC. This regional average continues the negative trend of deceleration that has been observed in the last few years and represents the biggest loss since the 2009 crisis. Data confirms two trends seen in the region in recent years: an overall steepening of the deceleration of foreign trade in container terminals and a high degree of heterogeneity in this activity’s growth rates within the...
May 30th, 2017
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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (ASD), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement have emphasized the need for all economic sectors, including maritime transport to monitor and measure performance and track progress towards the achievement of relevant economic, social and environmental targets. Indicators measuring the performance of the maritime transport sector with multidimensional metrics spanning a range of factors (e.g. efficiency, cost-effectiveness, productivity, profitability, connectivity,...
May 17th, 2017
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Maritime connectivity and the evolving role of ports in global shipping networks is the theme of the presentation delivered by Jan Hoffman, President of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME),  and Chief, Trade Logistics Branch at UNCTAD. Jan Hoffman presentation gives emphasis on questions such as "why connectivity”?, "how to measure it"?, 'Which are the challenges for seaports'?, and was delivered at the 30th IAPH World Ports Conference, held in Nusa Due Bali, Indonesia. The presentation was delivered in...
May 1st, 2017
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By Thanos Pallis and Theo Notteboom What happened in the major container ports in Europe and US in 2016? Have the trends been similar? What have been the long-term trends, i.e. when comparing last year’s volumes with those recorded the pre-crisis year 2007? While several indicators related to logistics performance, sustainability, innovation and economic impact are gaining ground, the cargo volumes handled remain a key performance indicator for ports, worth to be studied. Our PortGraphic presents the top-10 container ports in the...
April 22nd, 2017
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During the last 20 years, Latin America (LA) has seen an increase in investments in ports, as a consequence of important institutional changes. These investments have changed the availability and quality of port services, especially in the field of container ports. Furthermore, LA has been subject of greenfield or brownfield initiatives such as Lázaro Cárdenas, El Callao, Moín or Cartagena de Indias. However, similarly to other regions of the world, many Latinamerican ports remain located in the heart of big cities. These ports are...
April 20th, 2017
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 By Ricardo J. SANCHEZ and Lara MOUFTIER Given the dynamics of expansion strategies among carriers, maritime alliances have been increasing these last years and nowadays the world liner fleet is dominated by few of them. To better understand this and the puzzle of shipping alliances, we are analyzing its evolution and its effects on the current market situation. In 1992, the shipping market was driven by thirty shipping companies which represented around 63% of the total fleet. Carriers started to share capacity on assets as soon as...
April 18th, 2017
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By Theo Notteboom The Straits of Gibraltar is one of the most strategic points on East-West maritime trade lanes. Ports in the wider region around the Straits have good reasons to convince shipping lines of making a call at their container terminal facilities for transhipment and interlining purposes. The container volumes in the region grew from 660,000 TEU in 1985 to 14.01 million TEU in 2016. Algericas was the first to reap the benefits of its geographical location. Algericas at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula was the...
April 5th, 2017
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By Ricardo Sanchez Lara Mouftier and I recently offered some reflections about the future of ports. Meanwhile, the prestigious shipping analyst Dr. Martin Stopford has done something similar on the future of shipping. Next figure shows a summary of the main elements and coincidences among those studies. Source: The Future of Ports by J. Sanchez and Lara Mouftier, and The Future of Shipping by Dr. Martin Stopford. Note: “International Regulations”, “port design” and “shipping” are free interpretations by the...
March 28th, 2017
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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...
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