Containers

September 15th, 2020
Containers

by Cesar Ducreat Our recurrent focus on the present and future of containerization makes us forget older revolutions such as the sail to steam transition in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Are such revolutions comparable with each other? Do they obey similar mechanisms, in terms of spatio-temporal diffusion, port competition, and hierarchical dynamics, shipping network reorganization? Research on this is only at its eve. Our most recent research provides preliminary results using the archival corpus of the...
September 1st, 2020
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By Ricardo J. Sánchez & Eliana P. Barleta The throughput of containerized cargo in Latin American and Caribbean ports remained static in 2019, registering an increase of only 0.04% compared to the previous year, according to the Port Report launched today by ECLAC. The sample covers 36 countries and territories, with a total of 125 ports and port areas in the region. The total volume transferred in 2019 exceeded 54.2 million TEU, representing 6.5% of the total global throughput, The total volume transferred in 2019 exceeded 54.2...
August 20th, 2020
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The latest port study of PortEconomics members Francesco Parola and Giovanni Satta, co-authored by Nicoletta Buratti and Francesco Vitellaro (University of Genoa) investigates how the adoption of emerging digital technologies can provide valuable business opportunities for logistics centres in maritime supply chains. For this purpose, a systematic literature review (SLR) of prior academic studies addressing this topic is performed. The review unveils the current lack of a comprehensive framework to assess the impact of digital technologies...
August 7th, 2020
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While the Coronavirus emerged in China in December 2019, its impact on European ports only started to be visible in March 2020 . The table shows the container throughput for H1 2020 in the top 15 container ports in Europe. Note that the figures for Hamburg and Gioia Tauro relate to Q1 2020 (H1 2020 figures are expected to be lower), while the figures for Gdansk and Bremerhaven only cover the first five months of 2020. Antwerp is the only large gateway port in Europe which was able to reach a volume level comparable to last year The port of...
August 6th, 2020
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The port industry as an energy-intensive sector, generating negative externalities and environmental impacts in several areas, e.g., air emissions, water emissions, etc. (Bailey and Solomon, 2004; Dinwoodie el at., 2012). magnitude of highly impacting business processes/activities embedded in port spaces variety of economic actors located within/around port boundaries. These arguments are urging for the adoption of innovative green strategies for the reduction of energy consumptions, making energy management more efficient (Acciaro, 2015). The...
June 16th, 2020
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While the spatial and functional relationships between ports and cities have been put in question in the last decades, the continued importance of urbanization and maritime transport in global socio-economic development motivates deeper research on their interaction. The global trade network is often studied at the country level and all transport modes included, concluding that distance remains a strong counterforce to exchange. The lastest port study of PortEconomics member César Ducruet, co-authored by Hidekazu Itoh (Kwansei Gakuin...
June 9th, 2020
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IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer for Week 23 reports regional transshipments on the rise with cargo call volumes flat-lining or falling. Passenger vessel calls remain off the radar. In its eighth edition the IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer report - co-authored by PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis, reports of more high-frequency feeder services to regional ports, whilst many passenger vessel calls remain scrapped. With a record response of 104 ports from around the world, the summary of the latest...
May 18th, 2020
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By Theo Notteboom Impact of COVID-19 on European ports only started to be strongly visible in March 2020. The table shows the container throughput growth for Q1 2020 in the top 15 containers ports in Europe. While the Coronavirus emerged in China in December 2019, its impact on European ports only started to be strongly visible in March 2020. In February 2020, the supply shock in China, where the factories were unable to operate, generated a first wave of blank sailings. Given the sailing time on the Europe-Far East trade, the effect of...
May 1st, 2020
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The move of DP World's parent company (Port and Free Zone World) to purchase shares traded on Nasdaq Dubai and delist the company is highly interesting, writes Peter de Langen, with his views first published in his Analyst column at @ Port Strategy. The ownership of Port Operators by Peter de Langen "The move of DP World's parent company (Port and Free Zone World) to purchase shares traded on Nasdaq Dubai and delist the company is highly interesting, If, as expected, the offer is accepted, DP World will be 100% owned by Port and Free Zone...
April 30th, 2020
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In the last few months, the world has witnessed and continues to witness a drastic change in our daily lives, which has also caused a great impact on business, trade, and shipping. The outbreak of a pandemic changed all economic and trade expectations for 2020. From a forecast of 3.6% growth in container trade worldwide in the last quarter of 2019, to 2.5% in January 2020, new projections have lowered down expectations to -4.9%. This drop is partially explained, apart from the pandemic, by the continuing increase of blank sails and labour...
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