Ports & COVID-19

April 26th, 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” Michael Dooms writes on the ports and the COVID-19 crisis from the angle of communication. How are ports communicating during this crisis? Strengthening the social license to operate...
April 26th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

In the third of a series of weekly WPSP-IAPH COVID19 port economic impact barometer report, the gradual impact of blank sailings by the world’s major container shipping alliances is beginning to be felt by ports. While the average weekly number of container vessels calling remains down with further cancellations, some lines have replaced these by regional feeders with good frequency. Compiled by PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis,  the full report might be downloaded here. A dashboard is making its debut in this...
April 18th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

Cruise lines have revised their return plans regarding the intended return in operation. In an updated PortGraphic, PortEconomic members Thanos Pallis, Aimilia Papachristou, and George Vaggelas present the expected return date per cruise line, as of April 17, 2020, facilitating cruise ports, destinations, and stakeholders to adjust their respective plans. Whether they illustrate realistic or optimistic perspectives, or even just strategic early-return announcements, following cruise lines statements provide to cruise ports readiness to...
April 16th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

The Week-16 results of the IAPH-WPSP Weekly Port Economic Impact Barometer show COVID-19 crisis has 35% of ports reporting an increase in the utilization of warehousing and distribution facilities in the last week for foodstuffs and medical supplies, whilst other ports report both over- and under-utilization of their storage facilities, depending on cargo type. The second weekly results of the World Ports Sustainability Programme’s (WPSP) Port Economic Impact Barometer have been published at the World Ports COVID19 Information Portal,...
April 16th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

Which are the impacts of Coronavirus on trade and supply chains? PortEconomics member Jean-Paul Rodrigue analyzed them in a (remote) presentation to the advisory board of METRANS Transportation Center. Follow the link to download the presentation.
April 9th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

New IAPH-WPSP Weekly Port Economic Impact Barometer reports steady overall port cargo volumes last week with some dips, and significantly reduced passenger and cruise vessel calls. Dockworker availability has been impacted but not hampering operations, while the majority of non-essential port personnel are teleworking from home. As a further step to regularly inform ports and port users with its World Ports COVID19 Information Portal, the first weekly results of the World Ports Sustainability Programme’s (WPSP) Port Economic Impact...
April 7th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

By Theo Notteboom It is early days to estimate the ramifications of #covid-19 on ports. Still, past crises reveal interesting facts. The graph shows the impact of past crises on cargo concentration in the Hamburg-Le Havre port range in Europe. The orange line gives the combined market share (basis=TEU) of the three largest ports in the range, Rotterdam, Antwerp & Hamburg. The blue line depicts the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index (HHI) for the range. HHI is a concentration measure: the higher the index the more cargo is concentrated in...
April 5th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

Cruise lines have responded to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemia with the socially responsible decision to cease operations. But when does cruise intend to return to operation? Monitoring and analyzing cruise lines plans and intentions to days to operation, PortEconomics members Thanos Pallis, Aimilia Papachristou and George Vaggelas provide an informative PortGraphic - facilitating cruise lines, ports and destinations to avoid 'info-demia' and start thinking their future approaches. The data detailed in the PortGraphic are based on...
April 4th, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

With cruise lines having their return plans announced, our new PortGraphic presents the expected evolution of this return process. The data suggest that 22% of the global cruise global fleet capacity intents return by the 1st of May. A further 55% has expressed the intention to return to operations by the 11th of the same month. A total of 303 cruise vessels  of a 423.765 passengers capacity plans to be back in business on this day, As of today, 98% of the cruise fleet pax capacity will sail the seas at the end of May, with only few...
April 3rd, 2020
Ports & COVID-19

In response to requests of ports around the globe, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), has set up a Task Force comprising some of the world's top experts to inform and guide the port authorities and users alike via a newly-established WORLD PORTS COVID19 INFORMATION PORTAL. PortEconomics developed impact barometer PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis join the Task Force , working in the production of a weekly economic impact barometer to keep track of the economic implications of the pandemia to the...
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