European Port Policy

November 4th, 2019
European Port Policy

The next frontier of the measurement of the quality of services in “ports” has been the theme of PortEconomics member Gordon Wilmsmeier intervention, during a special meeting on port infrastructure organised in Seoul hosted by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries Republic of Korea and organised the Korean Maritime Institute (KMIA) with the participation of UNCTAD and selected scholars from all over the world. Measuring performance beyond traditional efficiency and productivity indicators is an emerging challenge, while a new potential...
October 30th, 2019
European Port Policy

Measurement of port performance returned central stage at a special meeting on port infrastructure organised in Seoul hosted by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries Republic of Korea and organised the Korean Maritime Institute (KMIA) with the participation of UNCTAD and selected scholars from all over the world. PortEconomics co-director Thanos Pallis, a member of the high-level Advisory Board facilitating the research efforts of KMI, presented the lessons learnt by two concrete exercises developed in North America and Europe respectively,...
September 25th, 2019
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In 1990 Richard O. Goss wrote four seminal articles about the economic principles underlying port policies, which were published in Maritime Policy and Management under the title Economic Policies and Seaports. These explored the economic functions of seaports, the diversity of port institutions, the need for port authorities, and the strategies that ports might adopt to promote port efficiencies. Economic principles included the existence of seaports for the benefit of traders, the use of competition to maximise public welfare, the...
September 5th, 2019
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By Theo Notteboom The table shows the top 15 container ports in the European Union in 2018 based on container throughput expressed in TEU and the year-on-year growth for H1 2019. No growth figures were available for Marsaxlokk and Gioia Tauro. What do the figures reveal? First, with an overall weighted average growth of 5.7% (4.5% unweighted), the top 15 ports are performing better than in 2018 (+4.2%), 2017 (+4.6%), 2016 (+2.1%) and 2015 (-1.6%). Second, the top three ports recorded a weighted average growth of 6.3% in H1 2019...
August 30th, 2019
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by Theo Notteboom The Straits of Gibraltar is strategically located on some of the most important East-West trade lanes. Ports in the wider region around the Straits have good reasons to convince shipping lines of making a call at their container terminal facilities for transhipment and interlining purposes. Algericas at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula was the first to reap the benefits of its geographical location. Its share in the total volume handled by the five ports considered in the graph reached close to 70% in the...
August 5th, 2019
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With Greece being a major shipping country worldwide and Piraeus being one of the most dynamic ports in Europe, the clustering of shipping and shipping related activities can be of valuable importance in the formation of a leading maritime capital as well as a significant value added for the country’s economy. In the case of Greece and more specifically in the case of Piraeus, the presence and the structure of a shipping cluster remained unexplored. The latest port study of PortEconomics members George Vaggelas and Thanos Pallis, is...
July 12th, 2019
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LNG as a marine fuel represent a viable solution for making the maritime and port industry more sustainable, as it allows reducing emissions and pollutants, such as SOx and NOx, compared with traditional fuels. Although a number of academics and practitioners has addressed the phenomenon, by investigating environmental, social economic and financial issues related to the adoption of LNG-propulsion systems in the shipping sector, prior studies predominantly assumed a ship-owner or a shipping company’ perspective. Conversely, the analysis of...
June 3rd, 2019
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The characteristics and the role of the European ports in a new world was titled the presenation delivered by PortEconomics member Theo Notteboom during the 16th ESPO Annual conference held in 23-24 May, in Livorno, Italy. Theo participated in the "New Ports" session, along with Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry (President of the World Maritime University) moderated by Matej Zakonjsek (Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Violeta Bulc). Theo, in his presentation described the new world and set a question "do we need port authorities?" Follow the...
March 6th, 2019
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PortEconomics members Michaël Dooms, Larissa Van Der Lugt, Francesco Parola, Giovanni Satta, joined by Dong-Wook Song (World Maritime University) in their latest port study, published at the scientific journal Maritime Policy and Management, aimed to establish a framework being conceptually able to explain a variety of internationalization strategies and related activities employed by port managing bodies (PMBs), as defined by the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) in 2018, considering their hybrid nature. Having identified a potential to...
March 2nd, 2019
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By Theo Notteboom The cargo volume handled remains a key performance indicator for ports. While also other indicators related to logistics performance, sustainability, innovation and economic impact are gaining ground, it remains relevant to observe how cargo volumes have evolved over time. The table shows the top 15 container ports in the European Union in 2018 based on container throughput expressed in TEU. It also includes container growth figures compared to 2017 and pre-crisis year 2007. What do the figures reveal? Top 15: y-o-y...
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