Thematic Area

January 13th, 2014
Thematic Area

The P3 alliance between Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Company and CMA CGM will have a significant impact on ports worldwide, but who will win and who will lose?  PortEconomics co-director Peter de Langen discusses the move that might change maritime transport systems around the globe, and its implication for ports and terminals, in his Analyst viewpoint column published in the magazine PortStrategy. Peter analyses why "while at first sight P3 seems to have a clearly defined scope for an operational partnership with the joint...
December 14th, 2013
Thematic Area

By Jean-Paul Rodrigue PortEconomics member Jean-Paul Rodrigue discusses the role of the hero of the global economy, the container, and how our access to global trade goods resembles the Melanesian cargo cult, without the rituals - in a viewpoint article published in Al Jazeera America. As Jean-Paul states: "Globalization may have inadvertently spread the belief that goods appear on the shelves of retail stores spontaneously, or at least without much effort. For an average consumer, the ease of each purchase, particularly an online purchase,...
December 6th, 2013
Thematic Area

PortEconomics co-director Peter de Langen gave a key-note speech at the Euro Mediterranean Forum in Livorno, Italy, on opportunities for Mediterranean ports to take advantage of the Motorways of the Seas and efficiently accommodate mega-containerships The event brought together a large group of industry experts from Europe, to discuss important issues like the challenges ahead for Mediterranean ports and port cooperation potentialities, the extension of Motorways of the Sea to Southern Mediterranean countries, and the views of the port...
December 5th, 2013
Thematic Area

PortEconomics member Jean-Paul Rodrigue contributed in the Port Technolgy International , an article on "Enhancing terminal operations, hinterland accesss and logistics chains". Source: Jean Paul Rodrigue (2013). Enhancing terminal operations, hinterland access and logistics chains. Port Technology International, No. 59. It is difficult to argue against strategies that reduce costs while improving the performance of supply chains. However, assessing the value of such improvements is challenging. While 'beauty is in the eye of the...
November 4th, 2013
Thematic Area

The OECD International Transport Forum Roundtable on Port Investment and Container Shipping Markets, planned jointly with the Government of Chile, will examine the broader issues that influence the development of container transport, will take please this week in Santiago, Chile, from 7 to 8 November 2013 PortEconomics members will have a pivotal role in advancing the Roundtable discussions. Thanos Pallis will act as the Rapporteur for the OECD-ITF, Mary Brooks chairing the discussions of the round-table, whereas Gordon Wilmsmeier will...
October 22nd, 2013
Thematic Area

 By Thanos Pallis PortEconomics co-director Thanos Pallis intervenes on the importance of the European Port Polcy review for national level port reforms in a viewpoint article published in the latest issue of the major Greek shipping magazine Naftika Chronika. In his editorial entitled "Ευropean Port Policy: An opportunity to save the (lost) honour of the Greek Port System" Thanos describes how the new regulation proposal of the European Commission, as well as specific initiatives referring to concessions, state aid issues in ports,...
August 26th, 2013
Thematic Area

By Jean-Paul Rodrigue PortEconomics member Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue contributes to the freight transport and logistics blog of the Regional Observatory of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) with a article about Containerization and Trade Facilitation in Latin America. Read Jean-Paul's viewpoint @ the Inter-American Development Bank Freight Transport & Logistics Regional Observatory website: Containerization and Trade Facilitation in Latin America...
July 26th, 2013
Thematic Area

Turkey's potential on becoming a cruise hub for the East Mediterranean Region, and in particular the potential of Istanbul is the theme of the port study presented by PortEconomics member Michael Dooms along with Oguz Bagis during the annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists - IAME 2013, that was held in Marseilles, France. Cruise lines seek for new markets in order to accommodate the growing demand for cruise tourism. In this context, East Mediterranean and Black sea ports would be alternatives to the...
July 7th, 2013
Thematic Area

Cruise ports and the development of a related research agenda have been at the core of the discussions during the 11th Port Performance Research Network (PPRN) that met in Marseilles France. Looking 'beyond the box', PortEconomics members Thanos Pallis and Jean-Paul Rodrigue presented to PPRN members the themes of a research agenda focusing on cruise ports that initiated a discussion and great interest in developing several research initiatives. The cruise shipping industry has witnessed uninterrupted growth over the last 30 years to...
June 21st, 2013
Thematic Area

A social dialogue committee in the port sector was launched by the European Commission and involves port authorities, terminal operators, dockers and other port workers across the EU. The Commission further intends to start a research project soon that will examine health and safety, training and qualification challenges in EU ports. Social partners will be involved in this project, while the research team wil include pariticipation of members of the PortEconomics team. An overall review of the social dialogue is planned for 2016, to assess...
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