Thematic Area

March 28th, 2017
Thematic Area

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 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 26th, 2017
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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...
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
Thematic Area

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...
March 16th, 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 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
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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 28th, 2017
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By Thanos Pallis Cruise activities in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas experienced remarkable growth in 2016. Annual statistics from the MedCruise association reveal that member ports handled a total of 27.4 million cruise passenger movements and 13,500 cruise calls last year, a significant rise from 2001, when they welcomed 8.6 million passengers and 10,100 cruise visits. MedCruise ports have upgraded their cruise terminal infrastructure to meet this demand for more berthing capacity and to accommodate bigger ships. Providing...
February 20th, 2017
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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 14th, 2017
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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...
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