European Port Policy

March 3rd, 2022
European Port Policy

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...
January 27th, 2022
European Port Policy

In the 1990s European Union embarked on the development of a European Port Policy. Three decades later, and despite the difficulties observed along the road, progress has been achieved on certain fronts. In their latest port study, PortEconomics member Thanos Pallis and Costas Chlomoudis (University of Piraeus, Greece) examine this evolution in parallel with the analysis of the eventful Greek port policy. The analysis covers the last four decades and reveals that successive governments opted to deviate with the European...
January 10th, 2022
European Port Policy

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 MS...
January 5th, 2022
European Port Policy

The study reveals a need for increasing and differentiating the existing levels and standards of transparency in the governance of the port industry, and for greater consistency between ports within and across regions. The study concludes with a research agenda for future research. In their latest study, PortEconomics members Mary Brooks, Geraldine Knatz, Thanos Pallis and Gordon Wilmsmeier examine the concept of transparency as practised (or not) in ports. It explores the availability of information to the general public and port...
December 8th, 2021
European Port Policy

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...
December 3rd, 2021
European Port Policy

The levels of port integrity around the globe and the development of a Global Port Integrity Platform has been the theme of an initiative that is currently developed by the Maritime Anti- Corruption Network (MACN), with the contribution of PortEconomics members Thanos Pallis, Gordon Wilmsmeier, Evie Kladaki and Luisa Fernanda Spaggiari Castro. The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) is a global business network working on several initiatives serving the vision of a maritime industry free of...
October 9th, 2021
European Port Policy

Carriers announcements that they have acquired stakes in container terminal operations in North Europe, bring to the attention a port study that clearly demonstrates in a quantitative manner that ports have a much higher chance of receiving vessel calls of an alliance when one or more alliance members are having a terminal stake in the port. Big news from German ports in the last weeks. The first changes were noted in Hamburg as Cosco has undertaken a strategic investment to receive a 35% minority share in the Tollerort terminal operated...
October 5th, 2021
European Port Policy

Transparency remains an under-analyzed topic in port research, and previous research has shown that port decision-making and governance reporting are inconsistent across countries. While transparency might be imposed through legislation or voluntarily adopted, effective transparency also includes (a) an organization’s willingness to consistently communicate and make transparent information available to internal or external stakeholders and (b) the stakeholder`s expectations on the visibility and verifiability of information.  Ιn...
September 4th, 2021
European Port Policy

Integrated maritime policies (IMPs) provide a comprehensive governance framework to support the sustainable use of the seas and oceans while ensuring a horizon of prosperity for the population of the surrounding coastal regions. PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom along with  Hubert Paridaens (Antwerp Maritime Academy), developed a study, published in the academic journal Sustainability, on how IMP governance can be arranged to support more effective policy integration. The authors identify and discuss a number of key strategic and...
May 25th, 2021
European Port Policy

Drug crime has been present in ports for centuries and is unlikely to ever go away, writes Peter de Langen. In some ports, like Rotterdam and Antwerp, much more attention has been given to drug crime recently. It is increasingly clear that workers in various activities, such as terminals, container depots and warehouses are vulnerable. Criminal groups actively try to get these workers to work for them. Given the huge ‘street value’ of drugs, the financial benefits for the workers are huge. Yet it does not stop there,...
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