Thematic Area

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
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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
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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...
June 11th, 2013
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By Theo Notteboom PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom contributed in the latest Port Technolgy International issue No 58, an article on the European container port system. In his article, Theo deals with the dynamics in the European container port system and analyzes to what extent the economic crisis has affected the competitive position of container ports and port regions in Europe. In particular, the article draws conclusions on the changing positions of established port regions and pinpoints to the rise of new European gateway...
May 27th, 2013
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PortEconomics cellebrated the European Maritme day 2013, which was established in May 2008 by the European Commission and gives the opportunities for activities promoting the martime sector. PortEconomics co-director, and MedCruise secretary general, Thanos Pallis discussed the potential of the cruise sector in Greece, presenting a study entitled 'Greek Ports & Cruise: An opportunity to benefit the Greek economy' during the Conference "European Maritime Week: Current Trends and Challenges Ahead" that organised by the Jean Monnet...
May 24th, 2013
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European Commission made some key announcements on the upgrade of 300 ports in the European Union, progressing the European Ports Policy one step forward. "3.7 billion tonnes of cargo pass through Europe's ports each year. They are a vital gateway to the rest of the world. But port operations are complex – goods have to be loaded and unloaded, a pilot has to guide the ship into and out of the port. A mooring has to be found. And customs formalities have to be observed. And after all that, goods need to make their onward journey by rail or...
May 19th, 2013
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PortEconomics member Jean-Paul Rodrigue is interviewed by the BBC for a piece about economies of scale in container shipping; William Kreme writes an article questioning "How much bigger can container ships get?" and uses the following graphic from the latest edition of Jean-Paul's book "Geography of Transport Systems" depicting the different generations of container ships.  Figure from: www.bbc.co.uk In the same article, Paul Davey from Hutchison Ports, which operates Felixstowe in the UK, focus on the the challenge for ports to...
April 16th, 2013
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PortEconomics member Pierre Cariou delivered a presentation (in French) as invited speaker during "Les Journées Neptune", an international event aimed to provide an overview of multidisciplinary research which was organized by the University of Toulon (France) in April, 9th. Pierre participated in the session "Urban Coast and Mediterranean Sea Areas", organised by Nicolas Peridy and Gabriel Figueiredo de Oliveira of the Laboratory of Applied Economy for Development (LEAD). Pierre gave a speech titled "The effectiveness of a European Speed...
February 26th, 2013
Thematic Area

PortEconomics.eu co-director Theo Notteboom gave an introduction and moderated a session on 'Container shipping lines: short sea and intra-European' during the Coastlink conference held in the Belgian port of Zeebrugge on 20 and 21 February 2013. The entire conference was devoted to the impact of 18,000 TEU vessels on Intra-European Networks. During the short sea panel debate representatives from CMA CGM, the Flemish government and the European Freight and Logistics Leaders Forum presented their views on a wide range of key issues, such as...
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