PortStudies

September 4th, 2021
PortStudies

Integrated maritime policies (IMPs) provide a comprehensive governance framework to support the sustainable use of the seas and oceans while ensuring a horizon of prosperity for the population of the surrounding coastal regions. PortEconomics codirector Theo Notteboom, along with  Hubert Paridaens, (Antwerp Maritime Academy), developed a study, published in the academic journal Sustainability, on how IMP governance can be arranged to support more effective policy integration. We identify and discuss a number of key strategic and...
June 22nd, 2021
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The traditional notion of hinterland refers to the inland economic area influenced by the ports. In other words, hinterland represents the set of points of origin/destination of cargo flows, which pass through the port and generates the majority of its business. Following logistics and market transformations, the concept of hinterland has become rather dynamic and the traditional static approach may be misleading. In particular, it appears rather complex to identify hinterland’s boundaries due to the influence of drivers that are constantly...
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 27th, 2021
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PortEconomics members Thanos Pallis and Aimilia Papachristou contribute to the International Encyclopedia of Transportation with a chapter in Cruise Industry. Their chapter details the key features of modern cruise shipping, a maritime activity of continuous growth for more than three decades. Following a definition of modern cruising and a presentation of the levels of its uninterrupted and, seemingly, unstoppable growth and globalisation, it analysis the most vital trends in cruise, including the modern geography of cruise shipping, the...
May 21st, 2021
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PortEconomics member Jean-Paul Rodrigue authored a book chapter on the topic of transport modes and globalization which included in the International Encyclopedia of Transportation- now available via academic publisher Elsevier. Transportation modes are a critical component of the global economy by supporting the mobility of passengers and freight. They influence globalization through the mobility and trade relations they support, business and social interactions, the organization of value chains, as well as manufacturing and distribution...
May 5th, 2021
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The latest portstudy of PortEconomics member Theo Notteboom jointly developed with Mei Sha, Tao Zhang, Xin Zhou and Tianbao Qin (Shanghai Maritime University) presents a generic simulation model to determine the equipment mix (quay, yard and intra-terminal transfer) for a Container Terminal Logistics Operations System (CTLOS). The simulation model for the CTLOS, a typical type of discrete event dynamic system (DEDS), consists of three sub-models: ship queue, loading-unloading operations and yard-gate operations. The simulation model is...
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...
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...
February 15th, 2021
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The latest portstudy of PortEconomics member Jason Monios co-authored by Rickard Bergqvist explores influences on migration of hub status in an intermodal network from a port to an inland node by following the life cycle of inland terminal development. The methodology is a longitudinal case study of the Swedish intermodal system over a period of 20 years, based on documentation, interviews, and action research. The authors observe the changing roles of the Port of Gothenburg and the Falköping terminal at different time periods. These...
January 26th, 2021
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Container shipping is the largest producer of emissions within the maritime shipping industry. Hence, measures have been designed and implemented to reduce ship emission levels. IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI, with its future plan of applying Tier III requirements, the Energy Efficiency Design Index for new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan for all ships. To assist policy formulation and follow-up, this port study applies an energy consumption approach to estimate container ship emissions. The volumes of sulphur oxide...
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