PortStudies

July 29th, 2022
PortStudies

The portstudy of PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis, and Geraldine Knatz focuses on the automation of terminal equipment used to handle containers. A dataset was compiled, including 63 fully and semi-automated container terminals worldwide, their organizational features, technical dimensions, and the maritime and urban markets they serve. The data analysis focuses on where, when, under which conditions, and to what extent container terminals were automated, and who is responsible for implementing terminal...
July 28th, 2022
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Port managing bodies (PMBs) need to respond to increased societal pressures for improving environmental performance. For many PMBs, a modal shift (MS) from road to rail and barge transport (where available) represents a strategic priority. Yet, in practice, few PMBs have set clear MS targets or have been able to achieve their MS objectives at the level of the port cluster. In this context, the extant port management literature has not yet provided actionable and generally applicable conceptual guidance for PMBs towards achieving...
July 7th, 2022
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The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has produced the first dashboard and report for its World Ports Tracker - prepared by PortEconomics co-directors Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis. The World Port Tracker sources data from ninety-six ports from eight regions of the world, producing first dashboard and report for members This is the first report of its kind, aiming to track critical aspects in the global port industry based on cargo and shipping trends at a time when the global supply chain is facing...
June 29th, 2022
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The symbiotic relationship between ports and cities in spatial, social, and cultural terms is fundamental in tackling new transport, urban, and environmental challenges. A positive perception of port clusters within local communities is increasingly becoming a source of competitive advantage for the further development of port clusters and regions. The latest research by PortEconomics member Michael Dooms, along with J. Augusto Felício (Lisbon School of Economics & Management, Lisbon, Portugal), Manuela Batista and Vítor...
June 10th, 2022
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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. This latest portstudy of PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom...
June 9th, 2022
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Many countries in Africa and Asia have coastlines that present opportunities for them to become gateways for trade between the hinterlands and global trading routes. However, policy makers struggle to translate this potential into engines of economic development and social transformation. In the past 40 years, China has taken advantage of its strategic geographical location and its status as one of the world’s top manufacturing regions. From a very low position on almost all metrics, today China has become home to more than half of the...
June 6th, 2022
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As the rate of ice melt in the Arctic increases, the potential for shipping activities is also increasing. However, infrastructure along the northwest passage (NWP) in Canada’s Arctic is almost nonexistent. This presents major challenges to any response efforts in the case of a natural disaster. Also, the Arctic is home to many indigenous communities, as well as flora and fauna. Thus, it is of vital importance to protect the livelihood of the rights holders in this area and the Arctic marine environment. To do this,...
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 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...
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