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April 14th, 2021
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Port facilities expand or are relocated from their original locations according to several factors, such as outgrowing a limited space or avoiding clashes of use with expanding cities. Previous spatial models such as the famous Anyport model imply a natural evolution in port systems which can in reality be complicated by issues of port governance and competition. The goal of the lastest portstudy by PortEconomics members Gordon Wilmsmeier and Jason Monios along with Adriana Francesca Ballén Farfánc (Hochschule Bremen, Germany) is to enrich...
April 9th, 2021
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On goes the wave of mergers of port development companies, this time between the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge, writes The Analyst Peter de Langen. The merger has been long in the making, in contrast with some other cases, where the initiative came from the ports themselves (for instance the nearby Ghent and Zeeland Seaports merger into North Sea Port, and the merger of Copenhagen and Malmo Ports), this initiative has long been advocated by the Flemish government. The public owners of the port development companies, the cities of Bruges...
April 1st, 2021
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PortEconomics member Michaël Dooms moderated a webinar on port-city governance for the AIVP-Association Internationale Villes et Ports (International Association of Port-Cities), on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021. Increasing attention is needed for the Social License to Operate of port clusters, in particular in the context of economic and energy transition. As any port expansion or (re-) development project, the implementation of these strategies are in need of environmental and construction permits. Notwithstanding the sustainability impact...
March 28th, 2021
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The Italian government has announced that cruise ships will no longer be allowed to sail near the historic center of Venice. Large passenger boats must now dock at the city's mainland industrial port at Marghera, in a move made to "protect a historical and cultural heritage not only of Italy but of the whole world". Like any other economic activity, is also associated with externalities raising social, economic, and environmental questions and challenges for cruise port and the surrounding areas. PortEconomics members Thanos...
March 23rd, 2021
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Research on the practice of sustainability reporting that is specifically focused on the approach applied by port authorities (or port managing bodies—PMBs) and based on surveys as a data collection method, is very limited. Most research consists of single-case studies, only partly covers the different dimensions related to the implementation of sustainability reporting, or is based on content analysis. The latest portstudy by PortEconomics member Michael Dooms, along with Magali Geerts and Lara Stas (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) offers a...
March 10th, 2021
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The IV Strategic Plan of the Port of Barcelona, recently presented, includes a projection on the maritime traffic trends in Europe for 2040. PortEconomics member Peter de Langen partnered with the consulting firm blueFocus, analyze these trends two decades ahead to establish long-term traffic forecasts. Given the difficulties in making reliable forecasts, the scenario technique was used to predict this future. This is how the four scenarios arise in the IV Strategic Plan of the Port of Barcelona. The starting point of the maritime traffic...
March 9th, 2021
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While large dry ports with high throughput are more likely to have onsite rail access, the question is more difficult for small and medium sites, which may not have sufficient throughput for rail viability. Thus whether a new dry port development should be located with or without direct rail access is a major concern at the proposal stage. This challenge is a current concern in many developing countries experiencing a surge in dry port demand. The aim of the latest port study by PortEconomics member Jason Monios along withYuhong Wang,...
March 5th, 2021
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The latest portstudy by PortEconomics member Michael Dooms along with Bruno Moeremans (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), develops exploratory research to improve the understanding of actual practices applied in the port industry relating to local communities’ perception measurement and public engagement, aiming at maintaining and fostering relationships with local communities. The application of such practices would allow port managing bodies to improve their strategic alignment with the needs and requirements of their local communities. To this...
March 2nd, 2021
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by Theo Notteboom Port performance measurement covers a wide array of key performance indicators (KPIs) related to supply chain performance, productivity, connectivity, sustainability/energy transition, corporate social responsibility (CSR), financial performance, customer satisfaction, innovation and economic impact. Still, it remains relevant to observe how cargo volumes have evolved over time, as cargo flows and related activities remain the bread and butter of port authorities and terminal operators. The table shows the 2020 container...
March 1st, 2021
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Download GREPORT 2020 here GREPORT2020, the third edition of the biannual report on Greek ports is now available to be freely downloaded via PortEconomics. The report contains sections on Latest developments in Greek port policyCargo throughput trendsPassenger movementsFinancial standing of Greek portsDevelopments per port The third edition of the flagship report for Greek ports contains an additional section "Focus" containing a review of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Greek port system and the evolution of Greek...
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