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April 17th, 2024
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By PortEconomics member and Port Strategy Analyst, Peter de Langen The energy and raw materials transition, critical for achieving a sustainable and (more) circular economy, creates a huge demand for new private investments in ports, in activities like production, assembly, storage and maintenance of offshore windmills, hydrogen plants to convert sustainable energy in hydrogen and ammonia, plants for biofuels and circular recycling and production activities. Many ports struggle with land availability, especially in advanced...
April 11th, 2024
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by Thanos Pallis Ports are eternal motors of growth and change. People, ideas, essential supplies, and goods have always moved via sea and ports. Thanks to cruise activities, the role of ports in advancing the prosperity of port cities has expanded. Guests onboard cruise ships combine seagoing voyages, tourism, and entertainment. By visiting several ports, cruisers enjoy exploring destinations, tourist sites, living conditions, and cultures. An extra dimension has been added to the flows that ports bring to the cities and the broader...
April 7th, 2024
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By PortEconomics member and Port Strategy Analyst, Peter de Langen X-Press Feeders has recently decided to deploy green methanol-powered ships on its feeder network in Europe, with Evergreen committing to using X-Press Feeders services. The ships will operate out of and receive methanol in Rotterdam and serve feeder markets in Scandinavia -with plans to expand the green feeder services to other destinations in Europe once new methanol-powered vessels are delivered to X-press. This decision is a first in container shipping and shows...
March 11th, 2024
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By Ricardo J. Sánchez and María Alejandra Gomez-Paz The lack of a satisfactory logistics infrastructure, along with certain institutional weaknesses, the arising of disruptions in logistics services, and not least of all, the onset of shortcomings regarding regional integration all coalesce to depict a development lag in key aspects of the Latin American region. There is, nonetheless, a short-term opportunity scenario for the promotion, boosting, and sustaining of a transformation process towards new, sustainable, and powerful...
January 15th, 2024
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PortEconomics member Theo Notteboom reviews the presence of the leading global container terminal operators in the top 15 EU container ports (based on 2022 TEU figures). The blue boxes refer to all types of direct or indirect terminal involvement: full ownership, joint venture or a majority or minority shareholding. A distinction is made between carrier-linked (bottom) and non carrier-linked (top) terminal operators. The table puts the current controversy in Hamburg on MSC’s offer to buy a 49.9% share in HHLA, Hamburg's largest...
December 29th, 2023
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In the anniversary magazine ’10 years of Flows’, PortEconomics member Theo Notteboom highlights trade between the West and China in an interview with Flow's editor-in-chief Koen Dejaeger. These flows of goods form the backbone of container traffic in the world today. How did they originate, and how will they evolve as geopolitical tensions mount? The role China has played in the development of international freight transport cannot be overstated. Today, the geopolitical power blocs are increasingly opposing each other; a tense...
December 18th, 2023
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By Michael Dooms and George Vaggelas, Seaports constitute safe places for ships to anchor and are used for the sea transportation of commodities and people between regions of the world. The COVID19 pandemic increased the public awareness of their importance, as essential nodes or transport interfaces connecting global regions and facilitating trade. Ports are providing mainly the following four groups of activities: They can be transit hubs facilitating cargoes (and in some cases passengers) destined to port’s hinterland and vice...
December 11th, 2023
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PortEocnomics members Gordon Wilmsmeier and Jason Monios will be hosted at @ Connecting Ports - The Live Talk Show by HPC Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH this Wednesday - 13th December @14:00 CET (08:00 Colombia - GMT). Why should we rethink port economics? Are we ready to "finally" internalize external costs? Why should we explore degrowth scenarios? We live in an environment where disruptive and less controllable events are becoming more common. We argue that traditional concepts that aim to overcome disruptions and return to business as...
October 5th, 2023
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by Thanos Pallispublished in Naftemporiki (ed). Focus on Shipping, 28 Sept, 2023 Chinese investments in European seaports have increased rapidly in the 21st century. This increase is part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – in particular, its maritime component, the Maritime Silk Road (MSR) – and is among the economic and geopolitical effects of China’s growing role in global affairs. Seaports are crucial pivots connecting a national economy with the world economy. Historically, however, China was a land power;...
September 21st, 2023
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By Ricardo J. Sánchez, Daniel E. Perrotti & Ma. Alejandra Gómez-Paz Fort In the business of containerised cargo international logistics, which connects domestic and global economies, the ships' sizes have direct implications in the decision-making process for logistics and trade. Business, financial, operational, and public decisions on infrastructure, logistics services, and territorial planning partly revolve around issues such as the size and technology of ships and the allocation of resources that shipping companies decide for...
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