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November 19th, 2020
PortStudies

Call for papers for a special issue of Maritime Economics & Logistics Disruptions caused by economic shocks test the resilience and adaptability of shipping, ports, and related supply chains. Unexpected events spanning economic crises, political events, natural disasters, cybersecurity incidents, and health crises, challenge the integrity and the well-functioning of shipping, ports, and terminals, and multiply the risks across extended supply chains. The disruptions caused by either external or internal shocks put pressure on the...
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...
November 10th, 2020
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The two major approaches that seaport operators adopt to address climate change impacts are mitigation (CCM), i.e., reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and adaptation (CCA), i.e., adjusting the facility to moderate the negative outcomes of climate change. PortEconomics member Adolf Ng has joined Changmi Jiang, Shiyuan Zheng,  Ying-En Ge, and Xiaowen Fu in an examination of these strategies with the finding of their research published in the scholarly journal Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. This study is among the...
November 9th, 2020
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Large seaport hubs in Northwestern Europe are aiming to develop as circular hotspots and are striving to become first movers in the circular economy (CE) transition. In order to facilitate their transition, it is therefore relevant to unravel potential patterns of the circular transition that ports are currently undertaking. In the latest portstudy by PortEconomics member Elvira Haezendonck along with Karel Van den Berghe (Delft University of Technology) explore the CE patterns of five Belgian seaports. Based on recent (strategy)...
October 29th, 2020
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Brand strategy is a fundamental part of corporate strategy and constitutes a key condition for companies operating in international B2B contexts, to effectively manage relations with customers, stakeholders and shareholders. Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) are drivers of change in both brand architecture and brand portfolio strategies pursued by B2B companies. The latest port study of PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom, Giovanni Satta and Francesco Parola, aims at investigating brand architecture and brand portfolio...
October 21st, 2020
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The latest book chapter of PortEconomomics members Gordon Wilmsmeier and Jason Monios aims to revisit in the context of more recent work in the field the work of Cullinane and Wilmsmeier (2011) on the contribution of the dry port concept to the extension of the port life cycle. This extension relied on the use of vertically integrated corridors between the port and the dry port to move containers quickly and smoothly from the port to the hinterland for processing and stripping. The study brings another layer to this...
October 19th, 2020
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Despite a rise in global attention to port managers’ actions on climate change, hitherto, they still face considerable challenges in reaching collective agreements on proactive policies and hands-on actions. Considering the influence of port as the middle- man of global trade and development, the study of PortEconomics member Adolf Ng co-authored by Roozbeh Panahi and Jiayi Pang (University of Manitoba, Canada) undertakes semantic and geographic coverage analysis of major articles on port climate change adaptation to shed light on...
October 14th, 2020
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The latest port study of PortEconomics member Jean-Paul Rodrigue looks at an intermediate scale of analysis for maritime transportation; the maritime range. Maritime ranges are bounded regions where a set of ports are either in competition, complementary, sharing a common regulatory regime, or having some fundamental geographical commonality. This scale is mostly missing from the research about the structure and organization of maritime transportation focusing on either the port or on the shipping network. The study- which has been published...
October 12th, 2020
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The latest port study of PortEconomics members Francesco Parola, Giovanni Satta and Theo Notteboom along with Luca Persico (University of Genoa) contribute to the extant debate on port planning and development by analysing current approaches and challenges for academics and port authorities with respect to traffic forecasting. The authors, first, examine how academics approach traffic forecasting in ports based on an extensive literature review. Next, using a sample of 28 core ports in the European Union, provide empirical evidence...
October 7th, 2020
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Chinese state-owned companies have directed large amounts of expertise and resources to African ports, not only to deliver benefits to the investing parties but also to contribute to a more effective and efficient African port industry. Over the past decades, China’s direct investment in Africa expanded significantly and became more diversified. The increased involvement of Chinese interests in Africa has intensified the debate on the benefits, modes, and risks linked to these investments. The latest port study of PortEconomics member...
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