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June 2nd, 2022
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IAPH is inviting ports to become part of the IAPH World Ports Tracker community by responding to a short 8 question survey on a quarterly basis, commencing as of today with a deadline of 17th June for Q2 2022. The first in-depth report will then be written by IAPH’s experts and PortEconomics co-directors Professors Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis and sent to IAPH member participants and survey respondees three weeks later in early July. The cycle will then be repeated with further reports expected on Q3 2022 in October and Q4 2022 in the...
May 18th, 2022
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Following on from the successful IAPH-WPSP COVID-19 Barometer published during the first year of the pandemic, PortEconomics co-directors Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis are pleased to present the inaugural report of the World Ports Tracker, an IAPH initiative that aims to track critical aspects of the evolution of the global port industry. The scope of the World Ports Tracker is to provide ports with a timely understanding of the challenges that emerge regionally and globally. The tracker will rely on a combination of two sources:...
April 22nd, 2022
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The latest chapter of PortEconomics members Pierre Cariou and Jason Monios along with Laurent Fedi (Kedge Business School, France) presents the current French port governance system that has been shaped over the last four decades. The key evolutions and features of the legal framework applied to the large and secondary French seaports (called ‘Grand Port Maritimes’) are evaluated through a critical lens showing that the successive port regulations, new planning and financial tools have been embedded in conservatism around the restrictive...
March 22nd, 2022
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PortEconomics member George Vaggelas along with Ntaniela Karamatidou (University of the Aegean), published an article on the embeddedness of Thessaloniki port in the maritime transport networks in the 125th issue of the Supply Chain & Logistics magazine. Four years after the sale of the majority shares of the THPA S.A. (Thessaloniki Port Authority), the mandatory, based on the concession agreement, investment of the expansion of the port's sixth pier has not started yet, despite that the contractor has been recently selected. Aiming...
March 20th, 2022
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By Mikael Lind, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and Chalmers University of Technology; Wolfgang Lehmacher, Anchor Group; Jan Hoffmann, UNCTAD; Lars Jensen, Vespucci Maritime; Theo Notteboom, Ghent University and Antwerp Maritime Academy; Torbjörn Rydbergh, Marine Benchmark; Peter Sand, Xeneta; Sandra Haraldson, RISE; Rachael White, Next Level Information & Cool Logistics; Hanane Becha, UN/CEFACT; Patrik Berglund, Xeneta. Value chain disruptions are increasingly blamed for inflationary tendencies, although there are...
March 6th, 2022
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A long-lasting reform period of the Greek port system has already resulted in the privatization of the country’s two major seaports, Piraeus and Thessaloniki, while the shareholding sales and concessions for the remaining 10 ports operate as Societe Anonymes owned by the State are either initiated or planned. The Greek port governance scheme is subject to further structural changes. The latest chapter by PortEconomics members Thanos Pallis and George Vaggelas discusses port (d)evolution in Greece, analysing key port data and the core...
March 3rd, 2022
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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 many managing bodies of ports.  Herewith we summarise the trends in container throughput in...
February 14th, 2022
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This latest book chapter of PortEconomics member Michael Dooms co-authored by Denis Lewa Muganga (Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority (NCTTCA) Mombasa, Kenya) discusses the case of the Kenyan port system from the angle of Port Finance and Regulation. Next to being Kenya’s major port, the Port of Mombasa is a key gateway for landlocked countries such as Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. The region is characterized by an increasing degree of port competition with, e.g., the presence of the ports of Dar-Es-Salaam...
February 10th, 2022
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Chinese enterprises have invested in more than 100 overseas ports globally in the past two decades, but their contribution to the local terminal's competitiveness remains unclear. Differing from the existing qualitative geopolitical interpretation of China-labeled port projects, this study empirically investigates how investor attributes with Chinese characteristics affect the throughput evolution and market shares of the respective container terminals. PortEconomics member Theo Notteboom, along with Dong Yang, and Lu Li,  focus in...
February 8th, 2022
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 A cruise-port destination is a bundle of tangible and intangible assets which transform a port into a cruise destination. Tangible assets include cruise terminal facilities, infrastructures and sovrastructures which make destinations accessible for both cruise ships (sea-side) and cruise tourists (land-side). Besides, the natural heritage (e.g., flora, fauna, beaches, seas, hills and mountains), as well as man-made constructions (e.g., buildings, roads, museums, theatres, and markets) and other typical cultural highlights constitute...
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