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October 8th, 2020
Thematic Area

PortEconomics member Pierre Cariou joined the Octopi by Navis Team during TOS Talks session on Port Economics and a discussion on his latest published paper, "Changing Demand for Maritime Trade". Watch the video for an insightful discussion. https://vimeo.com/461663597/041c40f230
October 5th, 2020
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PortGraphic substantiates the need for exploring the full scale that the current global crisis is different from the previous one(s), and, second, the extent that this time regional variations might be present and more extensive.  by: Thanos Pallis, Eliana Barleta and Ricardo Sanchez Our PortGraphic focuses on the top-15 container ports in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), revealing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and compares this impact with one of the previous major global crises, the financial tsunami that the world...
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 22nd, 2020
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The main implications of the pandemic on global logistics with a specific focus on container ports and shipping lines is the theme of a joint contribution by Theo Notteboom, Thanos Pallis and Jean-Paul Rodrigue in the 100th issue of Port Technology International. The COVID-19 pandemic led to the second global crisis since the 2009 financial crisis, which resulted in a recession in all OECD countries and most emerging economies. It fundamentally challenged the direction of future trade flows and trade arrangements. The stability...
September 20th, 2020
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IAPH published the half-year report of its COVID-19 Port Economic Impact Barometer authored by PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis.  On the week following the six month anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO) announcement of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has published a comprehensive report summarising all findings from its twelve surveys of global ports since early April, including its most recent survey to ports in week 36. The COVID-19...
September 15th, 2020
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by Cesar Ducreat Our recurrent focus on the present and future of containerization makes us forget older revolutions such as the sail to steam transition in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Are such revolutions comparable with each other? Do they obey similar mechanisms, in terms of spatio-temporal diffusion, port competition, and hierarchical dynamics, shipping network reorganization? Research on this is only at its eve. Our most recent research provides preliminary results using the archival corpus of the...
September 10th, 2020
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Cruise shipping supply chains have unique characteristics where product and service providers accommodate stringent requirements related to the nature of the cruise product. Since cruise ships are floating resorts that must be resupplied during their short port rotations, they require customized procurement practices. The sustainability of such practices is investigated by PortEconomics members Jean-Paul Rodrigue and Grace Wang, through the lenses of contract dynamics among actors, including sourcing patterns, consumption patterns, pricing,...
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...
September 1st, 2020
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By Ricardo J. Sánchez & Eliana P. Barleta The throughput of containerized cargo in Latin American and Caribbean ports remained static in 2019, registering an increase of only 0.04% compared to the previous year, according to the Port Report launched today by ECLAC. The sample covers 36 countries and territories, with a total of 125 ports and port areas in the region. The total volume transferred in 2019 exceeded 54.2 million TEU, representing 6.5% of the total global throughput, The total volume transferred in 2019 exceeded 54.2...
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