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December 22nd, 2020
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COVID19-related small-scale shocks aggregated over time now impacting shippers and freights in several regional markets: IAPH published the December issue of its COVID-19 Port Economic Impact Barometer authored by PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis. In addition to the updates on vessel calls, hinterland delays, capacity utilization and port personnel availability, the WPSP-IAPH Port Economic Impact Barometer report for week 50 asked the world’s ports to indicate how the share of empty containers in total container...
December 16th, 2020
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Increased economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has given rise to increased demand for port development. Given the often scarce availability of national public funding, port institutional reform programs have been implemented to pave the way for the inclusion of external port investors. Notwithstanding this fact, some sub-Saharan African Governments remain institutionally locked into the notion that state-owned enterprises remain an appropriate vehicle for port terminal operations. This, despite the fact that terminal operational...
December 12th, 2020
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The latest study by PortEconomics members Thanos Pallis and Aimilia Papachristou provides an empirical analysis of the challenges that cruise ports in Europe were facing before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 triggered an unprecedented global health and economic crisis with severe, and potentially structural, consequences for the cruise world. In this context, knowledge of the key challenges that cruise ports need to address builds capacities for conceptualising, but also better responding, in the post-COVID-19...
December 10th, 2020
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By Theo Notteboom The table shows the container throughput for the first 9 months of 2020 handled by the top 15 containers ports in Europe. Antwerp is the only large gateway port in the top 15 which was able to reach a volume level comparable to last year. Mediterranean transhipment hub Gioia Tauro is recording strong growth (exact Q3 2020 figures were not in at the time of writing) as Terminal Investment Limited (TiL) became the full owner of Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT) in the Summer of 2019. The vast majority of top 15 ports...
December 8th, 2020
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A port system is a system of two or more ports, located in proximity within a given area. In literature, various geographical and functional scales have been identified ranging from complete coastlines to the notions of a ‘range’ and a ‘multi-port gateway region’. Not only does the spatial scale create confusion on the true functional delineation of port systems, but it also complicates a clear understanding of the relational mechanisms at stake within these port systems. The latest port study of PortEconomics member César Ducruet...
December 4th, 2020
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The reduction of Greenhouse gasses (GHG) and other air emissions represents a major challenge for ports. Ports so far have only taken limited steps to this end, but there are large differences between ports. PortEconomics members Henrik Sornn Friese, Peter de Langen, and co-authors René Taudal Poulsen and Agnieszka Urszula Nowinska, published their latest port study on the efforts of ports to reduce air emissions. The study examines the drivers for the adoption of air emissions abatement measures in a sample of 93 of the...
December 2nd, 2020
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Recent decades have brought a growing commitment of investors in the (co-)funding and management of inland terminals, particularly container terminals. However, the actors involved, the forms of third-party entry, and the emerging partnerships in inland terminals have only been investigated on a fragmented basis in inland port research. In a new port study, PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom and co-researchers Dong Yang, and Xin Zhou, analyse entry strategies of actors in inland container terminals on the Rhine and Yangtze in terms...
November 24th, 2020
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By Peter de Langen E-commerce had been growing impressively before COVID-19, with growth rates as much as 10 times higher than the growth of sales of physical stores. COVID-19 has obviously accelerated that growth. Currently, around 20 per cent of all retail sales are online, with huge differences between commodities. For books the online share is over 50 per cent, for groceries the share is, in most countries, still below five per cent. It seems fairly obvious that the rapid growth will continue once the pandemic is over, one noticeable...
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 14th, 2020
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Latest port study reveals the criteria structuring cruise lines decisions of which port to use for home-porting with input from cruise lines, ports and cruise terminal operators, and stakeholders. Cruise ports seek to secure cruise calls, with most of them competing to accommodate the most profitable activities of all: home-porting. Meanwhile, the uninterrupted growth of cruise activities until the COVID-19 days was based on the evolution of renewed business strategies that alter home-porting selection criteria. The latest port study by...
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