European Port Policy

November 15th, 2022
European Port Policy

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...
October 31st, 2022
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White Paper on port integrity reveals insights into the importance of port integrity commitments for better maritime supply chains, the development of the Global Port Integrity Platform (GPIP), the challenges encountered during the research process and some findings on port integrity commitment levels. The discussion details and justifies the call for collaborative and sector-driven action for increased transparency and integrity in ports and a better overall operating environment. The Maritime Anti-corruption Network (MACN) launched the...
September 21st, 2022
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In recent years we have witnessed the reformulation of Port Authority strategies, intending to serve better a growing maritime trade and increased demands for resilience and sustainability of maritime supply chains. Among the adjustments taking place is the advancement of collaboration between the managing entities of ports and, more recently, the expansiofn of Port Authority mergers, mostly involving ports in proximity. Today, port mergers at the national or regional level can be found worldwide. Some concern ports of similar sizes, such as...
September 20th, 2022
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PortEconomics members Michael Dooms, Larissa van der Lugt, Theo Notteboom, and Thanos Pallis will join international experts from the maritime-port sector will present their vision on: "The current maritime port environment and the importance of industry indicators for understanding the relevance of ports for economic development" during the Workshop organized by the Valenciaport Chair of Port Economics on October 25, 2022 On Tuesday, 25th of October, the Valenciaport Chair of Port Economics is holding the workshop 'Port strategy and...
September 13th, 2022
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Maritime transportation is a highly complex global activity which, given the volume and the nature of processes and transactions involved, is immensely exposed to corruption risks. The growth of maritime trade and the development of maritime transport systems are multiplying these problems, with international organisations developing initiatives to address them. One of the challenges for the shipping industry is the corruption-related incidents that occur during the approach and mooring of ships in ports. This is also true across the...
March 3rd, 2022
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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