Ports & COVID-19

June 22nd, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer for Week 25 reports on reduced cargo volumes, intensified competition in inland transport modes, and passenger and ro-pax services restarting with limited capacity In its ninth weekly edition,  the IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer, published following a survey of 75 ports around the world - co-authored by PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis - confirms that first passenger and ro-pax services restarting with limited capacity in some regions, while reduced cargo volumes...
June 12th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

The Infrastructure Services Unit (ISU) of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) organized the webinar "A new port reality: Resilience to cyber-attacks and other risk factors", with PortEconomics member Riracrdo Sanchez, along with Eliana Barleta and Fabio Weikert presenting their perspectives on "Resilience and port risks" ("Resiliencia y riesgos portuarios"). The risks in the shipping and port sector are associated...
June 10th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

The Coronavirus is having a huge global impact, and Peter de Langen questions whether the effects of COVID-19 on ports will be lasting ones - with his views first published in his Analyst column at @ Port Strategy. Lasting effects of Coronovirus on ports? by Peter de Langen "The Coronavirus clearly is having a huge global impact, most importantly through affecting the health of millions of people and the loss of human lives. The economic impact is also substantial - small businesses suffer, freelance workers, lose incomes and the...
June 9th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer for Week 23 reports regional transshipments on the rise with cargo call volumes flat-lining or falling. Passenger vessel calls remain off the radar. In its eighth edition the IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer report - co-authored by PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis, reports of more high-frequency feeder services to regional ports, whilst many passenger vessel calls remain scrapped. With a record response of 104 ports from around the world, the summary of the latest...
May 25th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

Based on the announced resuming date of cruise operations, it is evident that cruise companies are skeptical about the short-term future and the ability to operate in the market. With the COVID19 pandemic curve slowing down in several countries and in many parts of the world, the focus has turned on the restart of economic activities in lockdown countries, and then return to the 'new normal'. Tourism is one of the most sensitive economic activities in that respect, and cruise lines try to plan for the next day and the new policies and...
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...
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