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October 22nd, 2012
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Containers lines adjust their business model to cope with market and revenue volatility, and PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom, in cooperation with Ahmed Mowafy Fakhr-Eldin, presented a study on how they do so during the annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists - IAME 2012, that was held in Taipei, Taiwan. In recent decades, container trade has been one of the fastest growing segments of the shipping industry. In 2009 global container traffic faced a significant drop leading to difficult times for...
October 11th, 2012
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PortEconomics member Jean-Paul Rodrigue and Porteconomics co-director Theo Notteboom presented their latest research on the geography of cruise itineraries,, during the annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists - IAME 2012, that was held in Taipei, Taiwan. In the past decades, the cruise industry developed into a mass market using large vessels and adding more revenue generating passenger services onboard. It is a highly concentrated business both in terms of players (i.e. four players accounting for 96%...
October 7th, 2012
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PortEconomics co-director Thanos Pallis presented his latest research on Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in seaports: The case of Nigeria, during the annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists - IAME 2012, that was held in Taipei, Taiwan. Policy reforms and subsequent entry of private port terminal operators in Nigeria ports provides an interesting case study of port policy practices to attract and benefit from foreign direct investment (FDI). FDI in port infrastructure is an attractive policy option for...
October 2nd, 2012
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PortEconomics member Vicky Kaselimi presented her latest research on the effects of opening up terminal business to outsiders: A game theoretical approach with application to the South African ports, during the annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists - IAME 2012, that was held in Taipei, Taiwan. Most ports around the world are governed following the landlord port authority scheme. Under this management model, terminal operations are awarded to private companies using long-term concession agreements that...
September 26th, 2012
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PortEconomics followed the high-level Conference on European Ports Policy Review: "Unlocking the Growth Potential" (Brussels, 25-26 September 2012) and reports events, interventions, and all you want to know about the final second Conference day as unfolded:  Day-2: Wednesday 26 September 2012 Workshop on Port Performance and the Horizon 2020: PortEconomics co-directors Thanos Pallis and Theo Notteboom to offer their perspectives on the future of the European port policy, joined by Martijn van Dongen (Head of Business...
September 25th, 2012
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PortEconomics followed the high-level Conference on European Ports Policy Review: "Unlocking the Growth Potential" (Brussels, 25-26 September 2012) and reports events, interventions, and all you want to know about stakeholders views on the future of the European Port Poicy as happened: Day-1: Tuesday 25-September Opening (14h00): The high-level two days-Conference European Ports Policy Review: "Unlocking the Growth Potential" begins in Brussels (25-26 September 2012). More than 400 people are attending the event, representing...
September 18th, 2012
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PortEconomics member Pierre Cariou, in collaboration with Ali Cheaitou, presented their latest research on Cascading Effect, Network Configuration and Optimal Transshipment Volumes during the annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists - IAME 2012, that was held in Taipei, Taiwan. As a consequence of the emergence of large container ships, which have driven freight rates down and left companies struggling with over-capacity, liner shipping companies have faced an unprecedented drop in demand. One of the...
March 23rd, 2012
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The awarding of terminals in seaports are the theme of the latest issue of the Maritime Policy and Management. The issue is co-edited by PortEconomics co-directors Theo Notteboom, and Thanos Pallis, in collaboration with Dr. Sheila Farrell. In many countries around the world, governments and public port authorities have retreated from port operations in the belief that enterprise-based port services and operations would allow for greater flexibility and efficiency in the market (through more competition) and a better response to...
February 5th, 2012
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PortEconomics ass. member Patrick Verhoeven delivered the inaugural lecture at the Apulian distinguished lectures series, sharing with the audience his thoughts on the governance of seaports and the economic and societal challenges that today's port authorities are facing. The Apulian distinguished lectures series are held in Brindisi, Italy, and are a joint initiative by the Region Puglia, the City of Brindisi, the University of Salento and the Port Authority of Brindisi. The project is co-ordinated by the President of the Port of Brindisi...
December 20th, 2011
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Year 2011 concludes with a highlight for the port research activities of the PortEconomics team, the contribution of five port studies in the just published Blackwell Companion to Maritime Economics. The volume, edited by Wayne Talley, provides a comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the entire scope of issues relating to shipping and port economics, containing in total 11 chapters concerned with the economics of ports – i.e., the provision of port services and the users of these services, Mary Brooks and Thanos Pallis discuss the...
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