Containers

March 9th, 2021
Containers

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
Containers

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...
February 27th, 2021
Containers

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 15th, 2021
Containers

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
Containers

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. ...
January 26th, 2021
Containers

Container shipping is the largest producer of emissions within the maritime shipping industry. Hence, measures have been designed and implemented to reduce ship emission levels. IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI, with its future plan of applying Tier III requirements, the Energy Efficiency Design Index for new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan for all ships. To assist policy formulation and follow-up, this port study applies an energy consumption approach to estimate container ship emissions. The volumes of sulphur oxide...
January 5th, 2021
Containers

In their latest port study, PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom, Thanos Pallis and Jean-Paul Rodrigue investigate the temporal and spatial sequences of the supply and demand shocks of COVID-19 on container ports and the container shipping industry by comparing these events to the 2008-2009 financial crisis. Economic shocks test the resilience and adaptability of the shipping industry and container ports. Each crisis triggers different ramifications in the container market. Using operational and financial data from primary and secondary...
January 4th, 2021
Containers

By Theo Notteboom Scale increases in container vessel size are a well-documented and much debated topic. The search for economies of scale and the focus on cost control have pushed the container shipping industry towards the deployment of ever larger containerships. In the early days of containerisation, ships had a nominal capacity of a few hundreds of TEU. In 1988, APL was the first shipping line to deploy a post-Panamax vessel. In 1996, Maersk Line shook the market by introducing the Regina Maersk of about 7,400 TEU. Consecutive...
December 16th, 2020
Containers

Increased economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has given rise to increased demand for port development. Given the often scarce availability of national public funding, port institutional reform programs have been implemented to pave the way for the inclusion of external port investors. Notwithstanding this fact, some sub-Saharan African Governments remain institutionally locked into the notion that state-owned enterprises remain an appropriate vehicle for port terminal operations. This, despite the fact that terminal operational...
December 10th, 2020
Containers

By Theo Notteboom The table shows the container throughput for the first 9 months of 2020 handled by the top 15 containers ports in Europe. Antwerp is the only large gateway port in the top 15 which was able to reach a volume level comparable to last year. Mediterranean transhipment hub Gioia Tauro is recording strong growth (exact Q3 2020 figures were not in at the time of writing) as Terminal Investment Limited (TiL) became the full owner of Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT) in the Summer of 2019. The vast majority of top 15 ports...
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