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August 6th, 2020
PortStudies

The port industry as an energy-intensive sector, generating negative externalities and environmental impacts in several areas, e.g., air emissions, water emissions, etc. (Bailey and Solomon, 2004; Dinwoodie el at., 2012). magnitude of highly impacting business processes/activities embedded in port spaces variety of economic actors located within/around port boundaries. These arguments are urging for the adoption of innovative green strategies for the reduction of energy consumptions, making energy management more efficient (Acciaro, 2015). The...
July 9th, 2020
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In the latest port study of PortEconomics member César Ducruet along with Laure Rousset (Ecole Nationale Supérieure, France) discusses the effect of local exogenous shocks on seaports and maritime networks and is assessed throughout three case-studies. The Hanshin-Awaji earthquake, the 9/11 World Trade Center attack and hurricane Katrina triggered a shock on Kobe, New York and New Orleans respectively and led to temporary port failures. A global database on vessel movements is computed to gauge the intensity, duration and scope of these...
June 30th, 2020
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Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world and borders on the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The country´s marine-coastal zones display a great variety of strategic ecosystems coral reefs, mangroves, sea grass areas, and beaches, among others. These landscapes and ecosystem present a key role in Colombia´s exposure to climate change; as they provide protection against sea-level  change, climate regulation and climate change hydrology, and erosion control (UNDP 2014). However, these ecosystems have been subject of...
June 22nd, 2020
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Download PortReport No 5 - Transparency in governance: seaport practices PortReport No 5 explores the levels and standards of transparency in the governance of ports. Key actors in port governance, such as government departments involved in port policy-making, port authorities, and port regulators need to be transparent about their behavior, policies, and practices as a way of enhancing economic performance and accountability to their stakeholders, particularly the community that hosts the port. The report explores the availability of...
June 17th, 2020
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The circularity transition leads to changes in PoA’s business model, with an increasing focus on new services that create synergies, and a decreasing importance of the share of port dues in the total revenue mix. There is a gradual but clear transition towards a circular economy (CE) that will potentially have significant impacts on ports, both in their function as transport nodes and as locations for logistics and manufacturing activities. A rough appraisal of new investments in circular manufacturing activities in ports in Europe...
June 16th, 2020
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While the spatial and functional relationships between ports and cities have been put in question in the last decades, the continued importance of urbanization and maritime transport in global socio-economic development motivates deeper research on their interaction. The global trade network is often studied at the country level and all transport modes included, concluding that distance remains a strong counterforce to exchange. The lastest port study of PortEconomics member César Ducruet, co-authored by Hidekazu Itoh (Kwansei Gakuin...
May 19th, 2020
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Inland ports tend to be smaller in scale, when compared to seaports; this calls for a more detailed analysis of the activities that take place in such ports. Τhe strategic role of inland ports in urban freight policy is the theme of the latest port study by PortEconomics members Elvira Haezendonck and Michael Dooms along with their colleagues Geoffrey Aerts and Mychal Langenus. Analyzing the logistical dedicatedness and the geographic reach of economic activities that take place within a specific inland port, the Port of Brussels, the...
May 19th, 2020
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Actors in the maritime transport sector need to consider greater threats than those currently identified and also prepare for a more advanced adaptation timetable argue PortEconomics members Jason Monios and Gordon Wilmsmeier in their latest port study entitled "Deep adaptation to climate change in the maritime transport sector – a new paradigm for maritime economics?" The study is published in the scholarly journal Maritime Policy and Management in open access format and its full version is freely available here. There are many...
April 23rd, 2020
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The new book by PortEconomics member Peter de Langen, Towards a Better Port Industry provides professionals in freight transport and maritime logistics, and specifically the port industry, as well as students in these fields, with a better conceptual understanding of the port industry. It includes key insights and best practices for port management and development, and an overview of new trends and developments relevant for developing winning strategies. After an introduction, Chapter 2 offers a new perspective on port governance, in which...
April 20th, 2020
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With the exception of the COVID-19 days, cruise has witnessed an uninterrupted growth over each year of the last three decades. In their study, "the changing geography of cruise shipping", Thanos Pallis and George Vaggelas discuss the trends that have been linked with this growth and detail the business strategies that the industry has developed in support of the observed growth and spatial expansion. Understanding the changing geography and the particulars of the seemingly unstoppable, globalization of cruise shipping, is important.  On...
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