Ports & COVID-19

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...
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.
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