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September 14th, 2021
Thematic Area

Terminal automation is a full or partial substitution of terminal operations through automated equipment and processes. Depending on how automation is defined, it is already present in many terminals, at least in its simplest form using information technologies (ITs) to manage terminal assets and supplement human activity.  Automation processes often result in two major types of automated terminals. A fully automated terminal uses a computer–IT-led system to handle a container from dockside to the pickup area through remotely...
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 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...
August 26th, 2021
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By Giovanni Prati, CNN How this technology could shake up logistics at major ports Dubai (CNN) In Dubai's Jebel Ali port, a new technology is being tested that aims to speed up, improve and automate the way shipping containers are stored, moved and shipped. Typically, at major ports, shipping containers awaiting transport are simply piled up on top of each other six or seven high, waiting to be moved onto ships by cranes. As well as taking up a huge amount of space, this approach means locating and picking up the right box can be...
August 3rd, 2021
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The latest portstudy of PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Adolf Ng, co-authored by Ziaul Haque Munim, Rana Saha and Halvor Schøyen (University of South-Eastern Norway, Horten, Norway) investigates the competitiveness of various autonomous ship categories for container shipping in the Arctic route. The authors propose a multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) framework using four ship categories as alternatives and eight criteria for competitiveness evaluation. We analyse collected data using the Best–Worst Method (BWM), one of the...
July 1st, 2021
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by Mikael Lind, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and Chalmers University of Technology, Wolfgang Lehmacher, Anchor Group, Jan Hoffmann, UNCTAD, Lars Jensen, Vespucci Maritime, Theo Notteboom, Ghent University and Antwerp Maritime Academy, Torbjörn Rydbergh, Marine Benchmark, Peter Sand, BIMCO, Sandra Haraldson, RISE, Rachael White, Next Level Information & Cool Logistics, Hanane Becha, UN/CEFACT, Patrik Berglund, Xeneta Abstract Disruption and congestion are occurring across the global maritime...
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...
June 10th, 2021
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PortEconomics members Pierre Cariou and Jason Monios, along with their colleagues Gabriel Figueiredo de Oliveira, and Alexandra Schaffar (LEAD, University of Toulon, France) tested the existence of a middle-rank growth trap in the container port market. Their portstudy- published in the Transport Policy (Volume 110)- adopts an original perspective to study the dynamics of port hierarchies by applying different rank-size models, a Markov chain approach and transition modelling to a dataset featuring the annual traffic of 222 container ports...
May 31st, 2021
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The IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer One Year Report, prepared by PortEconomics co-directors Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis has been published by IAPH. This survey-based analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on ports in the period April 2020 to April 2021 is the only report of its kind to truly reflect what has actually happened at these global cargo and passenger maritime hubs since the global outbreak of the pandemic in early 2020. The report brings together the results of all survey rounds conducted covering 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...
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