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December 6th, 2013
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PortEconomics co-director Peter de Langen gave a key-note speech at the Euro Mediterranean Forum in Livorno, Italy, on opportunities for Mediterranean ports to take advantage of the Motorways of the Seas and efficiently accommodate mega-containerships The event brought together a large group of industry experts from Europe, to discuss important issues like the challenges ahead for Mediterranean ports and port cooperation potentialities, the extension of Motorways of the Sea to Southern Mediterranean countries, and the views of the port...
December 5th, 2013
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PortEconomics member Jean-Paul Rodrigue contributed in the Port Technolgy International , an article on "Enhancing terminal operations, hinterland accesss and logistics chains". Source: Jean Paul Rodrigue (2013). Enhancing terminal operations, hinterland access and logistics chains. Port Technology International, No. 59. It is difficult to argue against strategies that reduce costs while improving the performance of supply chains. However, assessing the value of such improvements is challenging. While 'beauty is in the eye of the...
November 23rd, 2013
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The upcoming stringent environmental regulations enacted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), particularly at the level of the emission control areas (ECA), serve as a catalyst for exploring the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom joined by Siyuan Wang (ITMMA, University of Antwerp), examines the perspectives and challenges of LNG as a ship fuel in a viewpoint publish in Port Technology International  You can freely download the article @PortEconomics...
October 23rd, 2013
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By Thomas Vitsounis In the new post-crash reality, port operators and investors have started to behave in a very different way when it comes to investment, finance and portfolio management. PortEconomics member Thomas Vitsounis comments on the shock from the economic crisis and the prospects of ports finance options in the post-crisis era, in an article published in Port Strategy. Read the article @ Port Strategy: Cautious Confidence...
October 23rd, 2013
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"Port developers may need to think twice before assuming that throughput will continue to grow per se. This is especially relevant for governments that may be eager to embark on port expansion as a tool for economic development. Take the example of Jasper county administration officials who want to speed up the development of a container terminal in their county, near Savannah. Are they trapped in a port expansion mindset that steamrolls any reasonable doubt? I don't know the answer, but I do know the question is relevant and one that all...
October 22nd, 2013
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 By Thanos Pallis PortEconomics co-director Thanos Pallis intervenes on the importance of the European Port Polcy review for national level port reforms in a viewpoint article published in the latest issue of the major Greek shipping magazine Naftika Chronika. In his editorial entitled "Ευropean Port Policy: An opportunity to save the (lost) honour of the Greek Port System" Thanos describes how the new regulation proposal of the European Commission, as well as specific initiatives referring to concessions, state aid issues in ports,...
October 8th, 2013
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PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom appeared on national Belgian TV program 'De vrije markt' ('The free market')  on Saturday 21 September. The program devoted to the theme of port labour in Belgian ports, with the other panel member being Eddy Bruyninckx, CEO of the port of Antwerp. You might share Theo's views and enjoy the most interesting discussion with the only condition that you understand Dutch, by simply watching the video (in Dutch).
October 8th, 2013
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PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom contributed in the latest Port Technolgy International , an article on "Cargo volumes on the European container port system".   source: Theo Notteboom (2013). Cargo volumes on the European container port system". Port Technology International, no. 59 An earlier contribution in Port Technology International titled ‘Recent traffic dynamics in the European container port system’ discussed the impact of the crisis on the port hierarchy in the European container system. The focus was mainly on...
August 26th, 2013
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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...
August 26th, 2013
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By Peter de Langen "In the past few years, more attention has been paid to 'on time' arrival at ports. And this is a phenomenon that is not going to go away. But it seems that 'on time' is a subjective phrase, so whose definition to we use?  PortEconomics co-director Peter de Langen contributes to the latest issue of the magazine Port Strategy, with an artlicle discussing the port-style watching of the clock. This is the first of the viewpoints to be published in a new column to be authored by Peter under the title 'the Analyst'. Read the...
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