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June 22nd, 2022
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 The purpose of the latest portstudy of PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Pierre Cariou is to discuss the implications of COVID-19 on container import flows via the US port distribution system. The authors employ statistics collected for more than 21 US ports and for more than 550 000 container shipments by Walmart and Nike to identify trends and potential shifts in the US port distribution system. Results unveil different changes in distribution channels during the pandemic era, between aggregated port level and industry level....
June 16th, 2022
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Prepared by PortEconomics members Thanos Pallis, UNCTAD's report "Covid-19 and maritime transport: Navigating the crisis and lessons learned" describes how the COVID-19 pandemic shocked the global maritime transport system and some of the key effects on the sector. It highlights challenges arising from the disruption across ports and hinterland connections and examines response and mitigation measures implemented by various stakeholders and considers. It sets out the key lessons that can inform and guide preparedness and resilience-building...
June 8th, 2022
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by Thanos Pallis & George Vaggelas Greek ports experience eventful times. While they have successfully managed to sustain operations in conditions of lockdowns and covid-related restrictions, the pandemic outbreak has been followed by severe disruptions and changes in maritime supply chains.  Lines shipping itineraries and models for serving the global economy are revisited generating prospects and challenges.  Private operators and owners of the two major Greek ports, Piraeus and Thessaloniki, and public authorities...
January 5th, 2022
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The study reveals a need for increasing and differentiating the existing levels and standards of transparency in the governance of the port industry, and for greater consistency between ports within and across regions. The study concludes with a research agenda for future research. In their latest study, PortEconomics members Mary Brooks, Geraldine Knatz, Thanos Pallis and Gordon Wilmsmeier examine the concept of transparency as practised (or not) in ports. It explores the availability of information to the general public and port...
January 4th, 2022
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Since the inception of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013, the associated infrastructure and transport and economic corridor developments have been widely addressed in the research field of transportation, logistics and supply chain management. Such developments open windows of opportunity for accommodating trade flows in new or upgraded intermediate hub nodes and gateway locations along the BRI corridors. In the latest port study, PortEconomics member Theo Notteboom joins Paul Tae-Woo Lee, Zhi-Hua Hu, and Sangjeong Lee, and...
January 3rd, 2022
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Mary Brooks honoured for “being an internationally renowned scholar in the field of marine transportation, performance and supply chain management”. On 29 December 2021, the Governor-General of Canada announced that PortEconomics member Dr Mary Brooks was made a Member of the Order of Canada.  The Honour recognizes the outstanding merit or distinguished service of Canadians who make a major difference to Canada through lifelong contributions in every field of endeavour. Mary Brooks is no stranger to major honours. In 2018...
January 1st, 2022
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PortEconomics members would like to express their appreciation to the 63.006 visitors from 208 countries that in 2021 visited PortEconomics.eu to learn more about ports. Thank you all !! In 2022 we will continue to be here providing the best of port studies, shaping the future of port economics, management and policy. Enjoy the sail to the port studies of your interest. PortEconomics is a web-based initiative aiming to advance knowledge exchange on seaport studies. It provides freely accessible research, education, information,...
December 3rd, 2021
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The levels of port integrity around the globe and the development of a Global Port Integrity Platform has been the theme of an initiative that is currently developed by the Maritime Anti- Corruption Network (MACN), with the contribution of PortEconomics members Thanos Pallis, Gordon Wilmsmeier, Evie Kladaki and Luisa Fernanda Spaggiari Castro. The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) is a global business network working on several initiatives serving the vision of a maritime industry free of...
October 9th, 2021
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Carriers announcements that they have acquired stakes in container terminal operations in North Europe, bring to the attention a port study that clearly demonstrates in a quantitative manner that ports have a much higher chance of receiving vessel calls of an alliance when one or more alliance members are having a terminal stake in the port. Big news from German ports in the last weeks. The first changes were noted in Hamburg as Cosco has undertaken a strategic investment to receive a 35% minority share in the Tollerort terminal operated...
June 22nd, 2021
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In the past few days, various media sources reported that the Boring Company, which Elon Musk founded five years ago, has developed a tunnel concept with single or double lane configurations for the transport of containers using battery-powered freight vehicles. The idea of using above-ground or underground tunnel or pipeline-like systems to transport units, such as containers, is not new. Since the 1990s, many projects have looked into similar unit transport systems, particularly in Japan and northwest Europe. Ports have been on the...
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