Containers

November 15th, 2022
Containers

PortEconomics presents the list of the top 15 #container #ports in the #European #Union, prepared by PortEconomics member Theo Nottteboom. The table shows the container throughput in TEU for the first nine months of 2022 (unless mentioned otherwise) and the growth in 2021. While the ranking might be a mere distraction from other major port-related themes such as sustainability, energy transition and supply chain resilience, the table provides more insight into the EU container port landscape. The year 2021 brought...
November 15th, 2022
PortStudies

If you are interested in rail and dry port development in relation to Malaysian seaports, you might want to read the latest port study by PortEconomics member Theo Notteboom – co-authored with ", Jagan Jeevan and other Malaysian colleagues, from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu - in the scholarly journal Research in Transportation Business and Management (RTBM). In the paper "Integration of rail freight with dry ports: A route for seaport regionalisation" the authors use an exploratory factor analysis (EFA) to investigate the challenges...
October 30th, 2022
Containers

"DP World, the developer of London Gateway, made two recent announcements, signalling the steady development of the London Gateway port business ecosystem" - comments Peter de Langen in his "Analyst" column in Port Strategy "First, it will invest around £350 million in a fourth berth project, which will increase London Gateway’s capacity by a third. This will enable London Gateway to continue increasing volumes and continue increasing its share of the UK market. Second, DP World announced that work has begun on a new speculative...
October 13th, 2022
Containers

For centuries shipping has been the backbone of global trade. Now, at a new turning point in mankind´s history, traditional economic practices and interactions are increasingly being challenged. As for the shipping sector, in particular, a growing gap can be felt between the ‘reaction time’ needed to implement new competitive yet sustainable business strategies, and the frequency and velocity of change in the systems. KLU and Hapag-Lloyd invite you to a Reception and Symposium “Transitions: Readiness and challenges in the shipping...
September 20th, 2022
Containers

In the last twenty years, International Terminal Operators (ITOs) have performed horizontal growth strategies to keep pace with global and regional demand expansion as well as to diversify corporate risk across various geographic regions. In this perspective, the paper aims to investigate the ITOS’ strategic behaviours when implementing their internationalisation processes, by giving a particular emphasis to the geographic diversification strategy, intended as the geographic dispersion of business activities out of their country of...
August 25th, 2022
Containers

Maritime shipping lines and global terminal operators have benefited from economies of scale to expand geographically and functionally their infrastructure, leading to a corporatized network. Terminal operators are key asset managers seeking value creation by expanding the global maritime container terminal infrastructure network. While corporatization has systematically ensured that terminal capacity was created to accommodate the rise in global trade volumes, the network hit its boundaries when confronted with COVID-19...
July 29th, 2022
Containers

The portstudy of PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis, and Geraldine Knatz focuses on the automation of terminal equipment used to handle containers. A dataset was compiled, including 63 fully and semi-automated container terminals worldwide, their organizational features, technical dimensions, and the maritime and urban markets they serve. The data analysis focuses on where, when, under which conditions, and to what extent container terminals were automated, and who is responsible for implementing terminal...
July 28th, 2022
Containers

Port managing bodies (PMBs) need to respond to increased societal pressures for improving environmental performance. For many PMBs, a modal shift (MS) from road to rail and barge transport (where available) represents a strategic priority. Yet, in practice, few PMBs have set clear MS targets or have been able to achieve their MS objectives at the level of the port cluster. In this context, the extant port management literature has not yet provided actionable and generally applicable conceptual guidance for PMBs towards achieving ambitious...
July 7th, 2022
Containers

The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has produced the first dashboard and report for its World Ports Tracker - prepared by PortEconomics co-directors Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis. The World Port Tracker sources data from ninety-six ports from eight regions of the world, producing first dashboard and report for members This is the first report of its kind, aiming to track critical aspects in the global port industry based on cargo and shipping trends at a time when the global supply chain is facing...
June 22nd, 2022
Containers

 The purpose of the latest portstudy of PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Pierre Cariou is to discuss the implications of COVID-19 on container import flows via the US port distribution system. The authors employ statistics collected for more than 21 US ports and for more than 550 000 container shipments by Walmart and Nike to identify trends and potential shifts in the US port distribution system. Results unveil different changes in distribution channels during the pandemic era, between aggregated port level and industry level....
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