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January 5th, 2021
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In their latest port study, PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom, Thanos Pallis and Jean-Paul Rodrigue investigate the temporal and spatial sequences of the supply and demand shocks of COVID-19 on container ports and the container shipping industry by comparing these events to the 2008-2009 financial crisis. Economic shocks test the resilience and adaptability of the shipping industry and container ports. Each crisis triggers different ramifications in the container market. Using operational and financial data from primary and secondary...
November 16th, 2020
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IAPH published the November issue of its COVID-19 Port Economic Impact Barometer authored by PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis.  The COVID-19 Port Economic Impact Barometer was developed by a dedicated Task Force operating under the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) WPSP COVID 19 Task Force and gauges the impact of the pandemic on ports from both operational and economic perspectives. IAPH released the November 2020 issue, its fourteenth report since April, and the initial outbreak...
November 10th, 2020
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The two major approaches that seaport operators adopt to address climate change impacts are mitigation (CCM), i.e., reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and adaptation (CCA), i.e., adjusting the facility to moderate the negative outcomes of climate change. PortEconomics member Adolf Ng has joined Changmi Jiang, Shiyuan Zheng,  Ying-En Ge, and Xiaowen Fu in an examination of these strategies with the finding of their research published in the scholarly journal Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. This study is among the...
October 19th, 2020
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IAPH published the October issue of its COVID-19 Port Economic Impact Barometer authored by PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis.  The COVID-19 Port Economic Impact Barometer was developed by a dedicated Task Force operating under the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) and gauges the impact of the pandemic on ports from both operational and economic perspectives. In its most recent survey, IAPH has also surveyed ports of the impact of the economic downturn on port infrastructure investments and investments...
September 20th, 2020
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IAPH published the half-year report of its COVID-19 Port Economic Impact Barometer authored by PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis.  On the week following the six month anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO) announcement of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has published a comprehensive report summarising all findings from its twelve surveys of global ports since early April, including its most recent survey to ports in week 36. The COVID-19...
September 15th, 2020
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by Cesar Ducreat Our recurrent focus on the present and future of containerization makes us forget older revolutions such as the sail to steam transition in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Are such revolutions comparable with each other? Do they obey similar mechanisms, in terms of spatio-temporal diffusion, port competition, and hierarchical dynamics, shipping network reorganization? Research on this is only at its eve. Our most recent research provides preliminary results using the archival corpus of the...
September 1st, 2020
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In a port study on port management and governance, that is published as an editorial in the scholarly journal Maritime Economics and Logistics (MEL), PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom and Hercules Haralambides provide a critical assessment of some of the key issues and themes in port governance research, attempting at the same time, to propose new avenues for further port research in a post-COVID-19 era. As the authors state, "Port management governance is continuously challenged to adapt to a changing port...
July 23rd, 2020
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The eleventh and final bi-weekly version of the IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer has just been published, showing progressive improvement in three of the four survey questions asked to the world’s ports. Active since April 6 2020 on a weekly basis and then bi-weekly as of mid-May, co-authors Professor Theo Notteboom and Professor Thanos Pallis are working on a more comprehensive report to be published in September 2020. This summary report will provide a detailed analysis of the trends observed from the survey weeks 15 to 29....
July 6th, 2020
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The tenth WPSP-IAPH COVID19 Port Economic Impact Barometer published today reveals an important development for ports located in countries where lockdown restrictions are being eased. In its 10th weekly edition,  the IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer, published following a survey of 90 ports around the world – co-authored by PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis – confirms that post-lockdown traffic added to seasonal tourism and essential roadworks cause delays to cargo and traffic at some ports. Vessel crew...
June 12th, 2020
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The Infrastructure Services Unit (ISU) of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) organized the webinar "A new port reality: Resilience to cyber-attacks and other risk factors", with PortEconomics member Riracrdo Sanchez, along with Eliana Barleta and Fabio Weikert presenting their perspectives on "Resilience and port risks" ("Resiliencia y riesgos portuarios"). The risks in the shipping and port sector are associated...
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