PortStudies

November 29th, 2021
PortStudies

The latest portstudy of PortEconomics members Francesco Parola, Giovanni Satta and Theo Notteboom along with Luca Persico (University of Genoa) contributes 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. First, the authors 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, they provide empirical evidence...
November 15th, 2021
PortStudies

Like many communication systems, maritime networks are embedded in space. But the effects of spatial properties on the network itself have not been deeply examined in previous research. Gravitational properties affect international trade, as well as container shipping flows in general, as distance represents spatial friction to exchange; yet the ability of the network and of specific nodes and links to operating at different geographic ranges of connectivity remains unknown. The latest port study of PortEconomic member Cesar Ducruet...
October 28th, 2021
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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. The latest portstudy of PortEconomics co-director Theo Noteboom, co-authored by Paul Tae-Woo Lee (Zhejiang University,...
October 9th, 2021
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Carriers announcements that they have acquired stakes in container terminal operations in North Europe, bring to the attention a port study that clearly demonstrates in a quantitative manner that ports have a much higher chance of receiving vessel calls of an alliance when one or more alliance members are having a terminal stake in the port. Big news from German ports in the last weeks. The first changes were noted in Hamburg as Cosco has undertaken a strategic investment to receive a 35% minority share in the Tollerort terminal operated...
October 5th, 2021
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Transparency remains an under-analyzed topic in port research, and previous research has shown that port decision-making and governance reporting are inconsistent across countries. While transparency might be imposed through legislation or voluntarily adopted, effective transparency also includes (a) an organization’s willingness to consistently communicate and make transparent information available to internal or external stakeholders and (b) the stakeholder`s expectations on the visibility and verifiability of information.  Ιn...
September 23rd, 2021
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PortEconomics co-director Peter de Langen wrote a policy report to help shape port policies in Brazil. The report ‘Productive Arrangements in Container Logistics: Policy Challenges for Granting Terminal Concessions’, was commissioned by the leading Brazilian terminal operator BTP, and written, in full independence, by Peter de Langen. The two central issues that are addressed are first, how to deal with shipping line owned container terminal operators and second, how to prevent dominant market positions of terminal operators or, if this...
September 4th, 2021
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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 co-director 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. The authors identify and discuss a number of key strategic and...
July 15th, 2021
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The process of deinstitutionalization of maritime transport governance due to competing institutional logics in the context of the latest study of PortEconomics members Jason Monios and Adolf Ng published in the scientific journal Journal of Transport Geography (Volume 94). The sector continues to operate with a business-as-usual logic while simultaneously paying lip service to a logic of sustainability. The key regulator of the sector, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), attempts to bring in stricter environmental legislation,...
June 22nd, 2021
PortStudies

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...
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