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June 23rd, 2017
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By Jean-Paul Rodrigue In June 14th, the Maersk-MSC-CMA-CGM-Amazon-Alibaba-Citibank-Allianz (MMCCAACA) shipping line announced the introduction of its latest ship class, the Mariana-Max. The 350,000 to 400,000 TEUs ships (depending on the load configuration) will service selected Pacific routes, over which it will replace the To-The-Max ship class of 200,000 TEUs. According to MMCCAACA executives, Mariana-Max ships will create value for their customers by reducing shipping costs per TEU by a factor of 20% (from 5 cents per TEU to 4 cents...
May 30th, 2017
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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (ASD), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement have emphasized the need for all economic sectors, including maritime transport to monitor and measure performance and track progress towards the achievement of relevant economic, social and environmental targets. Indicators measuring the performance of the maritime transport sector with multidimensional metrics spanning a range of factors (e.g. efficiency, cost-effectiveness, productivity, profitability, connectivity,...
May 27th, 2017
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The social and economic value of commercial marine shipping to Canada was the theme of a report that was published this week by the Council of Canadian Academies. The report is the outcome of the work of a 10 membes Expert panel chaired by PortEconomics member Mary R. Brooks As a maritime nation, Canada’s economy, culture, environment, and security have long been interlinked with commercial marine shipping. Critical to Canada’s historical development, marine shipping continues to be vital to international trade and the development of...
May 11th, 2017
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By Peter de Langen "Last month, Port of Amsterdam took a bold move for a landlord port authority: it announced its ambition to end handling coal by 2030, writes Peter de Langen. At almost 20m tonnes, coal still accounted for 25% of Amsterdam’s total throughput of around 80 million tonnes in 2014. It also accounted for a substantial part of the revenues of the port authority.  Clearly, the throughput of coal is declining due to a shift away from coal-fired power plants, and the coal-hungry steel industry is stagnating in North-West...
April 27th, 2017
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South America, as of yet, has not been able to take full advantage of its extensive system of naturally navigable waterways and in making them an integrated part of the region’s transport network to cater for the ever increasing demand for cargo and human mobility. Infrastructure limitations are one of the major obstacles for the development of inland navigation in the region and, to a certain extent, they are being addressed in most national and regional transport plans and projects Infrastructure limitations are one of the major...
April 22nd, 2017
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During the last 20 years, Latin America (LA) has seen an increase in investments in ports, as a consequence of important institutional changes. These investments have changed the availability and quality of port services, especially in the field of container ports. Furthermore, LA has been subject of greenfield or brownfield initiatives such as Lázaro Cárdenas, El Callao, Moín or Cartagena de Indias. However, similarly to other regions of the world, many Latinamerican ports remain located in the heart of big cities. These ports are...
April 20th, 2017
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 By Ricardo J. SANCHEZ and Lara MOUFTIER Given the dynamics of expansion strategies among carriers, maritime alliances have been increasing these last years and nowadays the world liner fleet is dominated by few of them. To better understand this and the puzzle of shipping alliances, we are analyzing its evolution and its effects on the current market situation. In 1992, the shipping market was driven by thirty shipping companies which represented around 63% of the total fleet. Carriers started to share capacity on assets as soon as...
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 28th, 2017
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By Peter de Langen The term ‘physical internet’ has emerged in recent years as a metaphor for the future of freight transport. While the metaphor possibly obscures more than it enlightens, it nevertheless makes sense to explore the implications for ocean shipping. The physical internet analogy sees the transportation of physical goods organised in the same way as that of the ‘transport’ of information across the internet. When we send an email, the message is broken up in various parts, each of which is sent via a different route...
February 28th, 2017
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By Thanos Pallis Cruise activities in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas experienced remarkable growth in 2016. Annual statistics from the MedCruise association reveal that member ports handled a total of 27.4 million cruise passenger movements and 13,500 cruise calls last year, a significant rise from 2001, when they welcomed 8.6 million passengers and 10,100 cruise visits. MedCruise ports have upgraded their cruise terminal infrastructure to meet this demand for more berthing capacity and to accommodate bigger ships. Providing...
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