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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...
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...
January 27th, 2022
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In the 1990s European Union embarked on the development of a European Port Policy. Three decades later, and despite the difficulties observed along the road, progress has been achieved on certain fronts. In their latest port study, PortEconomics member Thanos Pallis and Costas Chlomoudis (University of Piraeus, Greece) examine this evolution in parallel with the analysis of the eventful Greek port policy. The analysis covers the last four decades and reveals that successive governments opted to deviate with the European...
January 10th, 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 ambitious MS...
January 5th, 2022
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The study reveals a need for increasing and differentiating the existing levels and standards of transparency in the governance of the port industry, and for greater consistency between ports within and across regions. The study concludes with a research agenda for future research. In their latest study, PortEconomics members Mary Brooks, Geraldine Knatz, Thanos Pallis and Gordon Wilmsmeier examine the concept of transparency as practised (or not) in ports. It explores the availability of information to the general public and port...
January 4th, 2022
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Since the inception of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013, the associated infrastructure and transport and economic corridor developments have been widely addressed in the research field of transportation, logistics and supply chain management. Such developments open windows of opportunity for accommodating trade flows in new or upgraded intermediate hub nodes and gateway locations along the BRI corridors. In the latest port study, PortEconomics member Theo Notteboom joins Paul Tae-Woo Lee, Zhi-Hua Hu, and Sangjeong Lee, and...
December 3rd, 2021
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The latest port study of PortEconomics members Giovanni Satta and Francesco Parola co-authored by Francesco Vitellaro and Nicoletta Buratti (University of Genoa) has a twofold research objective. First, it scrutinises the current state of the art concerning adopting the most popular social media by European port managing bodies (PMBs). Second, it investigates the use of social media in the corporate social responsibility (CSR) communication strategies of European PMBs. The portstudy carries out online field research on the use...
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