Ports & COVID-19

May 24th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer for Week 21 confirms global trend towards decreasing capacity utilization of liquid and dry bulk storage at ports In its seventh weekly edition before switching to a new bi-weekly format, the IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer report -co-authored by PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis - confirms that regional differences are becoming increasingly pronounced in terms of the global impact of the COVID19 crisis on ports. Impact of blanked sailings by container lines and...
May 18th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

By Theo Notteboom Impact of COVID-19 on European ports only started to be strongly visible in March 2020. The table shows the container throughput growth for Q1 2020 in the top 15 containers ports in Europe. While the Coronavirus emerged in China in December 2019, its impact on European ports only started to be strongly visible in March 2020. In February 2020, the supply shock in China, where the factories were unable to operate, generated a first wave of blank sailings. Given the sailing time on the Europe-Far East trade, the effect of...
May 17th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

Compiled by PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis the sixth edition of the weekly IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer Report, published every Friday, reports significant drops in extra port restrictions and delays due to changes in port call procedures. The full report covers worldwide port developments in Week 20 (4 May – 10 May) 2020 and might be downloaded here. The round-up this week was a mixed picture, with the global reach of the pandemic still being felt in varying degrees depending on the region. The...
May 11th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom was among the speakers during the first in the series of the IAPH/IHS Markit ‘Coronavirus Webinars’ which was broadcasted this week. Under the guidance of IHS Markit Vice-President Maritime and Trade Peter Tirschwell, Theo joined Gene Seroka (Executive Director Port of Los Angeles),  and Jan Hoffmann (Chief Logistics Branch UNCTAD) to discuss how ports could survive and thrive in the post-COVID19 landscape. Rather than casting a negative perspective on the current crisis inflicted by the...
May 8th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

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...
May 7th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

"Like the tides, we will return". That is the motto of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)  expressing the confidence of its membership that cruise lines will sail again - stronger and better than ever. This goes hand in hand with the acknowledgment by all that there is a need for going further in efforts to protect the health and safety of passengers, crew, and the public; and to support recovery goals for tourism and business sector partners. Facilitating cruise ports, cities, and destinations (as well as their associations)...
April 30th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

In the last few months, the world has witnessed and continues to witness a drastic change in our daily lives, which has also caused a great impact on business, trade, and shipping. The outbreak of a pandemic changed all economic and trade expectations for 2020. From a forecast of 3.6% growth in container trade worldwide in the last quarter of 2019, to 2.5% in January 2020, new projections have lowered down expectations to -4.9%. This drop is partially explained, apart from the pandemic, by the continuing increase of blank sails and labour...
April 29th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

With COVID-19 turning port lives upside down, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)  has launched a weekly briefing of its membership throughout Europe on the latest developments – inviting PortEconomics members that have contributed to the life of the association to provide thoughts and reactions. In this week’s edition of “ESPO keeps going” Theo Notteboom writes on the “ports in a country that is taking center stage not only in the world economy but also in the Coronacrisis, i.e. China”. Chinese ports: quo...
April 28th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

With COVID-19 turning port lives upside down, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)  has launched a weekly briefing of its membership throughout Europe on the latest developments – inviting PortEconomics members that have contributed to the life of the association to provide thoughts and reactions. In this week’s edition of “ESPO keeps going” Thanos Pallis writes on the return of cruising  - providing six grounds that cruise "will cruise this storm again". It will cruise through the perfect storm, again. Be ready. by...
April 27th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

Of the seventy-six ports surveyed across the globe in this week’s 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. Compiled by PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis the fourth edition of the weekly IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer Report, published every Friday, covers worldwide port developments in Week 18 (20-27 April) 2020. The full report might be downloaded...
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