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June 29th, 2017
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By Jean-Paul Rodrigue The expansion of the Panama Canal in 2016 has been hailed as a remarkable achievement and a game changer for the shipping industry, particularly for the North American East Coast and the Caribbean. It would be accompanied with higher levels of port activity and therefore the need to invest and upgrade port infrastructure, including dredging. However, the expectations of higher container volumes transiting through the region have so far not materialized and actually the throughput of key East Coast ports has on...
March 30th, 2017
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By Thomas Vitsounis It was expected. It’s arrived. It’s creating a huge buzz. And it’s here to stay. Over the last few years, digital innovation has rapidly and deeply disrupted a wide array of industrial and consumer markets. Shipping, ports and freight more generally are relative latecomers. But now the game is well and truly afoot. In the last 12 months, the uptake of digitalisation, data analytics and technology innovation has been quite remarkable. A growing number of shipping and port stakeholders have a digital vision...
March 22nd, 2017
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PortEconomics founding member and co-director Dr. Peter de Langen has been appointed at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark, as visiting professor at CBS maritime in 2017. "With the affiliation of Peter de Langen, CBS Maritime is bringing one of the most well-known and quoted port management researchers to CBS. Throughout his career Peter has contributed greatly to port economics and management research through academic publications, consultancy reports and contributions to industry journals and other media. Peter also is a founding...
March 16th, 2017
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PortEconomics member Francesco Parola joined the board of Directors of the Port Authority of Genoa/Samoan as representative of the respective Italian region. On March 13th the Port System Authority (or, simply, Port Authority) of Genoa-Savona started to operate with its new executive board composed by the President, the representative of the Coast Guard, and the members appointed by the two municipalities and the Liguria Region. This development represents an important "step" in the implementation of the recent port governance reform in...
September 2nd, 2016
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Seaports are large networked infrastructures, which have considerable spatial impacts. Such infrastructures must be prepared to accommodate future developments within a context of stakeholder pressure. Similar to other large industrial operations generating substantial externalities, transport industries are large polluters. In 2012, it was noted that international shipping accounted for nearly 1,000 million tonnes of CO2, CH4 and N2O, an equivalent of 2,2% of global green house gas emissions. These levels are even expected to increase...
August 31st, 2016
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A port study co-authored by PortEconomics member Thomas Vitsounis received the KLU Young Researcher Best Paper Award of the Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists held in Hamburg, Germany 23-26 August 2016. The study models spillover effects across container sectors (commodities) over time. In more detail, the study conceptualizes the container port throughput as a function of different evolutions of the various sectors that make up the aggregate container output. Arguing, the container cycle may be...
June 28th, 2016
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By Jean-Paul Rodrigue An updated graph (below) on the evolution of containerships with more detailed ship profiles and a more revealing depiction of the number of containers they can load is available in The Geography of Transport Systems webpage. Since the beginning of containerization in the mid 1950s, containerships undertook six general waves of changes, each representing new generations of containership: A) Early containerships. The first generation of containerships was composed of modified bulk vessels or tankers that...
June 21st, 2016
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Recent research on port service delivery for the American Association of Port Authorities aimed at developing a standard instrument (SEAPORT–Seaport Effectiveness Assessment for PORT managers) that can accurately and reliably measure how well ports deliver services to their users. The study population was customers and users of container ports in the U.S. and Canada—cargo owners, freight forwarders, shipping lines and supply chain partners at the port. Designed as a standalone measurement tool, results from the SEAPORT instrument can be...
June 2nd, 2016
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With total throughput 6.36 million tonnes of dry bulk cargo, 3.98 million TEUs, 28.23 million coastal passengers and 2.07 cruise passengers in 2014, Greek ports are important actors in local, national and regional level. In 2014, their turnover exceeded the €326 million. GREPORT 2016, the Report on Greek Ports  by PortEconomics members Thanos Pallis and George Vaggelas is the first comprehensive record and analysis of the developments of the Greek port industry over the last decade. The port study, published by Port &...
April 15th, 2016
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PortEconomics is launching PortReports, a new PortEconomics Discussion Reports series aiming to enrich business and academic insights related to the port sector and to support policy-making by port profession. PortReports are freely distributed to visitors of our initiative, who simply have to freely login. Read more about the first PortReport, which has been collectively prepared by four PortEconomics members: Theo Notteboom,  Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Jason Monios and Gordon Wilmsmeier. The PortReport identifies the type of...
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