European Port Policy

December 4th, 2020
European Port Policy

The reduction of Greenhouse gasses (GHG) and other air emissions represents a major challenge for ports. Ports so far have only taken limited steps to this end, but there are large differences between ports. PortEconomics members Henrik Sornn Friese, Peter de Langen, and co-authors René Taudal Poulsen and Agnieszka Urszula Nowinska, published their latest port study on the efforts of ports to reduce air emissions. The study examines the drivers for the adoption of air emissions abatement measures in a sample of 93 of the...
November 10th, 2020
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With the cruise industry stalled and uncertainty of containers, Malaga needs to expand into other cargo areas While we may associate the circular economy with more local value chains, a recent initiative from Malaga shows that this is not necessarily the case, writes Peter de Langen - in a viewpoint first published in his column as 'The Analyst" at Port Strategy. "Malaga has developed a triple function in the used (cooking) oil supply chain activities: import port for used oil, mainly from Asia, export port of biodiesel produced with the...
November 9th, 2020
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We have the pleasure to invite you to participate in our Global Survey on Port Transparency Practices, developed by PortEconomics members Mary R. Brooks, Geraldine Knatz, Thanos Pallis and Gordon Wilmsmeier. The aim is to define the best port practices (i.e. what needs to be made visible (and to whom), and what is considered to be verifiable in what is reported) from the perspective of port authorities, port users, stakeholders, researchers, and regulators. We invite you to take 9-11 minutes to complete a fully anonymous...
October 28th, 2020
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"COVID-19 and maritime transport: impact and responses"  is a report produced under Phase I of the maritime supply chain component of the United Nations Development Account (UNDA) project on “Transport and trade connectivity in the age of pandemics: Contactless, seamless and collaborative UN solutions”. About the Report The report was prepared by Porteconomics co-director Thanos Pallis under the overall guidance of Shamika N. Sirimanne, Director of the Division on Technology and Logistics of UNCTAD. It benefited from substantive...
October 5th, 2020
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The UK, after claiming that the EU had been holding back the development of UK’s ports, launched a UK Freeports initiative as a major instrument to shape the UK’s economic development post-Brexit  by Peter de Langen Up to 10 Freeports are foreseen. These Freeports are to be privately developed in rail, air and seaports -probably mainly the seaports- and to be selected through a competitive bidding process. The UK has launched a public consultation to develop its freeport policy. The Freeport (or freezone) model works well in a variety...
October 1st, 2020
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Economic shocks test the resilience and adaptability of the maritime supply chains, with every new crisis triggering different ramifications. The seminar will focus on the temporal and spatial sequences of the supply and demand shocks of COVID-19 on shipping, ports, and related supply chains. The COVID-19 crisis and the distributions and adaptability of maritime transport supply chains is the theme of the Supply Chain and Technology Seminar (webinar) of the Universidad De Los Andes Facultad de Administracion to be held on November...
September 1st, 2020
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In a port study on port management and governance, that is published as an editorial in the scholarly journal Maritime Economics and Logistics (MEL), PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom and Hercules Haralambides provide a critical assessment of some of the key issues and themes in port governance research, attempting at the same time, to propose new avenues for further port research in a post-COVID-19 era. As the authors state, "Port management governance is continuously challenged to adapt to a changing port...
June 22nd, 2020
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Download PortReport No 5 - Transparency in governance: seaport practices PortReport No 5 explores the levels and standards of transparency in the governance of ports. Key actors in port governance, such as government departments involved in port policy-making, port authorities, and port regulators need to be transparent about their behavior, policies, and practices as a way of enhancing economic performance and accountability to their stakeholders, particularly the community that hosts the port. The report explores the availability of...
June 17th, 2020
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The circularity transition leads to changes in PoA’s business model, with an increasing focus on new services that create synergies, and a decreasing importance of the share of port dues in the total revenue mix. There is a gradual but clear transition towards a circular economy (CE) that will potentially have significant impacts on ports, both in their function as transport nodes and as locations for logistics and manufacturing activities. A rough appraisal of new investments in circular manufacturing activities in ports in Europe...
May 19th, 2020
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Inland ports tend to be smaller in scale, when compared to seaports; this calls for a more detailed analysis of the activities that take place in such ports. Τhe strategic role of inland ports in urban freight policy is the theme of the latest port study by PortEconomics members Elvira Haezendonck and Michael Dooms along with their colleagues Geoffrey Aerts and Mychal Langenus. Analyzing the logistical dedicatedness and the geographic reach of economic activities that take place within a specific inland port, the Port of Brussels, the...
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