European Port Policy

October 5th, 2020
European Port Policy

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
European Port Policy

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
European Port Policy

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
European Port Policy

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
European Port Policy

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
European Port Policy

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...
May 19th, 2020
European Port Policy

Actors in the maritime transport sector need to consider greater threats than those currently identified and also prepare for a more advanced adaptation timetable argue PortEconomics members Jason Monios and Gordon Wilmsmeier in their latest port study entitled "Deep adaptation to climate change in the maritime transport sector – a new paradigm for maritime economics?" The study is published in the scholarly journal Maritime Policy and Management in open access format and its full version is freely available here. There are many...
May 9th, 2020
European Port Policy

Recent efforts by PortEconomics members to enhance and coordinate sustainability efforts of ports worldwide, fostering international cooperation with partners in the supply chain are present at in World Ports Sustainability Report 2020 – which has been released in the context of the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) led by the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) . Guided by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, the report provides how ports are investing in resilient infrastructure, climate and energy,...
May 8th, 2020
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In the fifth edition of the IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer Report, the majority reports a relatively stable situation compared to the previous weeks, with slight improvements noted in some areas of port continuity. In the fifth report of the WPSP-IAPH COVID19 Port Economic Impact Barometer, a focus on European ports reveals that many of them are already feeling a greater impact of reduced cargo vessel calls than other regions of the world. The European region also has a smaller share of ports now facing capacity shortages of...
April 28th, 2020
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PortEconomics member Michael Dooms presented his views on the next frontiers of port stakeholder management to the North-American port industry during last year's Greentech conference in Cleveland, USA. The Greentech conference is organized annually by GreenMarine, North-America's largest environmental certification scheme for ports and terminals. The keynote presentation addressed both the rationale, historical evolution and expected future of stakeholder management in ports. It highlights the need to develop more in-depth understanding...
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