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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...
May 31st, 2021
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The IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer One Year Report, prepared by PortEconomics co-directors Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis has been published by IAPH. This survey-based analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on ports in the period April 2020 to April 2021 is the only report of its kind to truly reflect what has actually happened at these global cargo and passenger maritime hubs since the global outbreak of the pandemic in early 2020. The report brings together the results of all survey rounds conducted covering the...
May 28th, 2021
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Two reviews of Towards a Better Ports Industry, by PortEconomics co-director Peter de Langen The book Towards a Better Ports Industry, written by PortEconomics co-director Peter de Langen was published last year. Recently, two reviews of the book, which is aimed at students and industry professionals, were published in academic journals focused on maritime and port research.   Sheila Farrell from Imperial College London, wrote a review ((full article only accessible for subscribers, can be found: here), based on her lifelong...
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...
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