Thematic Area

March 28th, 2021
Thematic Area

The Italian government has announced that cruise ships will no longer be allowed to sail near the historic center of Venice. Large passenger boats must now dock at the city's mainland industrial port at Marghera, in a move made to "protect a historical and cultural heritage not only of Italy but of the whole world". Like any other economic activity, is also associated with externalities raising social, economic, and environmental questions and challenges for cruise port and the surrounding areas. PortEconomics members Thanos...
March 10th, 2021
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The IV Strategic Plan of the Port of Barcelona, recently presented, includes a projection on the maritime traffic trends in Europe for 2040. PortEconomics member Peter de Langen partnered with the consulting firm blueFocus, analyze these trends two decades ahead to establish long-term traffic forecasts. Given the difficulties in making reliable forecasts, the scenario technique was used to predict this future. This is how the four scenarios arise in the IV Strategic Plan of the Port of Barcelona. The starting point of the maritime traffic...
March 9th, 2021
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While large dry ports with high throughput are more likely to have onsite rail access, the question is more difficult for small and medium sites, which may not have sufficient throughput for rail viability. Thus whether a new dry port development should be located with or without direct rail access is a major concern at the proposal stage. This challenge is a current concern in many developing countries experiencing a surge in dry port demand. The aim of the latest port study by PortEconomics member Jason Monios along withYuhong Wang,...
March 2nd, 2021
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by Theo Notteboom Port performance measurement covers a wide array of key performance indicators (KPIs) related to supply chain performance, productivity, connectivity, sustainability/energy transition, corporate social responsibility (CSR), financial performance, customer satisfaction, innovation and economic impact. Still, it remains relevant to observe how cargo volumes have evolved over time, as cargo flows and related activities remain the bread and butter of port authorities and terminal operators. The table shows the 2020 container...
March 1st, 2021
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Download GREPORT 2020 here GREPORT2020, the third edition of the biannual report on Greek ports is now available to be freely downloaded via PortEconomics. The report contains sections on Latest developments in Greek port policyCargo throughput trendsPassenger movementsFinancial standing of Greek portsDevelopments per port The third edition of the flagship report for Greek ports contains an additional section "Focus" containing a review of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Greek port system and the evolution of Greek...
February 27th, 2021
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About two weeks ago, the port authorities of Antwerp and Zeebrugge in Belgium announced they are starting the process towards a full merger. The new merged entity will bear the name "Port of Antwerp-Bruges". Theo Nottteboom, PortEconomics co-director, comments "While the transition to a low-carbon port is high on the agenda, the merger will also create a large container port complex combining the large upstream facilities of Antwerp with coastal container terminals in Zeebrugge. Combined these terminals handled about 13.8 million TEU...
February 23rd, 2021
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By Peter de Langen The French Haropa ports, Le Havre, Rouen and Paris are steadily implementing the full merger announced over two years ago; the final step should be ready June this year. As an important part of the integration, they recently published a strategic plan until 2025.  The plan is an interesting read and clearly reflects the changed landscape in the port industry. While in 2015, Le Havre had the ambition to grow container volumes with 50%, to around 4.8 million, this plan aims for a much more modest growth of 10%, to...
February 21st, 2021
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Number of ports experiencing some delays in cross-border trucking services, with rail and barge delays increasing noticeably. The results of the sixteenth survey of global ports have been published in the WPSP- IAPH COVID19 Port Economic Impact Barometer today, with an even spread of 70 participants worldwide. The share of ports facing a significant drop in container vessels calls (i.e. in excess of 25%) dropped further to 2% . Some three quarters of ports are reporting that vessel calls are similar or even higher compared to the same...
February 15th, 2021
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The latest portstudy of PortEconomics member Jason Monios co-authored by Rickard Bergqvist explores influences on migration of hub status in an intermodal network from a port to an inland node by following the life cycle of inland terminal development. The methodology is a longitudinal case study of the Swedish intermodal system over a period of 20 years, based on documentation, interviews, and action research. The authors observe the changing roles of the Port of Gothenburg and the Falköping terminal at different time periods. These...
February 8th, 2021
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PortEconomics member Pierre Cariou participated as a guest speaker at the 2021 World of Shipping Portugal Conference, which was held online 28-29 January 2021. Pierre gave a most interesting presentation on Liner shipping, containerization, and mega carriers. What structural changes to be faced by the industry operators? discussing how the structural change in demand, resulted in structural adjustment for carriers and what are the future changes. Follow the link to download Pierre's presentation. ...
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