Containers

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...
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....
June 10th, 2022
Containers

A port system is a system of two or more ports, located in proximity within a given area. In literature, various geographical and functional scales have been identified ranging from complete coastlines to the notions of a ‘range’ and a ‘multi-port gateway region’. Not only does the spatial scale create confusion on the true functional delineation of port systems, but it also complicates a clear understanding of the relational mechanisms at stake within these port systems. This latest portstudy of PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom...
June 8th, 2022
Containers

by Thanos Pallis & George Vaggelas Greek ports experience eventful times. While they have successfully managed to sustain operations in conditions of lockdowns and covid-related restrictions, the pandemic outbreak has been followed by severe disruptions and changes in maritime supply chains.  Lines shipping itineraries and models for serving the global economy are revisited generating prospects and challenges.  Private operators and owners of the two major Greek ports, Piraeus and Thessaloniki, and public authorities...
March 3rd, 2022
Containers

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 many managing bodies of ports.  Herewith we summarise the trends in container throughput in...
February 10th, 2022
Containers

Chinese enterprises have invested in more than 100 overseas ports globally in the past two decades, but their contribution to the local terminal's competitiveness remains unclear. Differing from the existing qualitative geopolitical interpretation of China-labeled port projects, this study empirically investigates how investor attributes with Chinese characteristics affect the throughput evolution and market shares of the respective container terminals. PortEconomics member Theo Notteboom, along with Dong Yang, and Lu Li,  focus in...
January 4th, 2022
Containers

Since the inception of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013, the associated infrastructure and transport and economic corridor developments have been widely addressed in the research field of transportation, logistics and supply chain management. Such developments open windows of opportunity for accommodating trade flows in new or upgraded intermediate hub nodes and gateway locations along the BRI corridors. In the latest port study, PortEconomics member Theo Notteboom joins Paul Tae-Woo Lee, Zhi-Hua Hu, and Sangjeong Lee, and...
December 8th, 2021
Containers

By Theo Notteboom The vast majority of top 15 ports recorded container volume losses in 2020 The table shows the container throughput in TEU for the first nine months of 2021 in the top 15 containers ports in the European Union, the year-on-year growth figures for 2020 and 2009, and overall TEU growth between pre-crisis year 2007 and 2020. While the Coronavirus emerged in China in December 2019, its impact on European ports only started to be visible in March 2020. The top 15 EU ports combined handled 74.3 million TEU in 2020. Almost all top...
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