European Port Policy

November 16th, 2017
European Port Policy

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...
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...
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...
July 12th, 2017
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The Greek shipping community remains confident about the role of Greece as maritime center in the coming years and believes that its enhancement would strengthen their business - in spite of the the growing attractiveness of competing maritime centers, PortEconomics members Thanos Pallis and George Vaggelas collaborated with Ernest & Young in a study focusing on the 'repositioning Greece as a global maritime capital". The study, which was presented during a press conference held in Athens, Greece, includes a survey and...
April 12th, 2017
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The PORTOPIA project has entered its last year. This is a good time to make up a balance and to look into the future of the project. Therefore, we organised an interview with Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General of ESPO, and Michael Dooms, the PORTOPIA project coordinator. 1. What are the main achievements of the PORTOPIA project so far? “Obviously a 4-year project with a large budget has many achievements to highlight,” starts Michael Dooms. “If I were to pick the main one,” he continues, “it would be the fact that we have...
March 27th, 2017
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Are port governance reforms embedded in specific institutional and economic domains? In their latest port study examining the recent renovation of port governance in Italy, PortEconomics members Francesco Parola and Giovanni Satta - along with Claudio Ferrari (University of Genoa), Alessio Tei (Newcastle University, UK) and Enrico Musso (University of Genoa) - challenge traditional models and proposed an alternative contextualization of governance schemes in local territorial contexts. The study analyzes institutional trajectories in...
March 23rd, 2017
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Compared with the port governance models and reforms endorsed in other countries, port governance in Greece has developed in many respects in a very unique way. Greece has departed from the initial choice to attempt the application of generic port governance models developed at international level opting for governance patterns that contradict the usual European model defined by the dominance of port concessions and publicly owned port authorities performing regulatory functions prototype. In a study included in a special volume...
March 17th, 2017
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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 members Mary Brooks and Thanos Pallis are joined by Kevin Cullinane to recap port governance and policy developments in 25 countries. A wave of port reforms was observed around the globe in the 1990s and early 2000s. Although these port reforms were eclectic in both their objectives and the forms they took, they did share a common context...
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