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June 11th, 2013
Thematic Area

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
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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...
February 26th, 2013
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By Jean-Paul Rodrigue PortEconomics member Jean-Paul Rodrigue along with Mark Booth contributed to the 57th issue of the Port Technology International magazine with an article examining grounded and chassis container terminal operations. Ocean container chassis have a critical function in the movement and storage of full and empty marine containers. A container chassis is a wheeled structure designed to carry marine containers for the purpose of truck movement between terminals and shipping facilities. It is a simple...
January 10th, 2013
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PortEconomics member Jean-Paul Rodrigue was interviewed by the Atlantic Cities website (www.atlanticcities.com) about cruise ports, an interview based on a recent research conducted with PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom on the "geography of cruises". When we think of cruises, most of us consider the luxury ships themselves as the attraction — not the ports they visit. Jean-Paul and Theo studied cruise itineraries from all over the world and found that companies pay a great deal of attention to port selection as a means of...
December 29th, 2012
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PortEconomics co-directors Peter de Langen, Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis are the authors of the first PortEconomics editorial published in the Port Technology International Magazine, marking the inauguration of the PortEconomics and Port Technology International 'partnership in publishing'. In their editorial entitled "The Quality of Port Infrastructure ranking: Some insights" Peter, Theo and Thanos discuss the port infrastructure rankings provided by the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) of the World Economic Forum (WEF)....
December 15th, 2012
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PortEconomics associated member Mary Brooks chaired the UNCTAD discussions on possible ways to measure and compare the performance of seaports,  during an Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Assessing Port Performance that was held in Geneva on December 12, 20012. Mary also delivered a presentation on the measurement of port effectiveness  in port service delivery. More than 80 per cent of merchandise trade by volume is seaborne, and the share is even higher for most developing countries. In many cases, over 95 per cent of a developing...
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