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June 8th, 2022
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by Thanos Pallis & George Vaggelas Greek ports experience eventful times. While they have successfully managed to sustain operations in conditions of lockdowns and covid-related restrictions, the pandemic outbreak has been followed by severe disruptions and changes in maritime supply chains.  Lines shipping itineraries and models for serving the global economy are revisited generating prospects and challenges.  Private operators and owners of the two major Greek ports, Piraeus and Thessaloniki, and public authorities...
June 2nd, 2022
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IAPH is inviting ports to become part of the IAPH World Ports Tracker community by responding to a short 8 question survey on a quarterly basis, commencing as of today with a deadline of 17th June for Q2 2022. The first in-depth report will then be written by IAPH’s experts and PortEconomics co-directors Professors Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis and sent to IAPH member participants and survey respondees three weeks later in early July. The cycle will then be repeated with further reports expected on Q3 2022 in October and Q4 2022 in the...
March 22nd, 2022
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PortEconomics member George Vaggelas along with Ntaniela Karamatidou (University of the Aegean), published an article on the embeddedness of Thessaloniki port in the maritime transport networks in the 125th issue of the Supply Chain & Logistics magazine. Four years after the sale of the majority shares of the THPA S.A. (Thessaloniki Port Authority), the mandatory, based on the concession agreement, investment of the expansion of the port's sixth pier has not started yet, despite that the contractor has been recently selected. Aiming...
March 20th, 2022
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By Mikael Lind, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and Chalmers University of Technology; Wolfgang Lehmacher, Anchor Group; Jan Hoffmann, UNCTAD; Lars Jensen, Vespucci Maritime; Theo Notteboom, Ghent University and Antwerp Maritime Academy; Torbjörn Rydbergh, Marine Benchmark; Peter Sand, Xeneta; Sandra Haraldson, RISE; Rachael White, Next Level Information & Cool Logistics; Hanane Becha, UN/CEFACT; Patrik Berglund, Xeneta. Value chain disruptions are increasingly blamed for inflationary tendencies, although there are...
January 3rd, 2022
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Mary Brooks honoured for “being an internationally renowned scholar in the field of marine transportation, performance and supply chain management”. On 29 December 2021, the Governor-General of Canada announced that PortEconomics member Dr Mary Brooks was made a Member of the Order of Canada.  The Honour recognizes the outstanding merit or distinguished service of Canadians who make a major difference to Canada through lifelong contributions in every field of endeavour. Mary Brooks is no stranger to major honours. In 2018...
September 14th, 2021
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Terminal automation is a full or partial substitution of terminal operations through automated equipment and processes. Depending on how automation is defined, it is already present in many terminals, at least in its simplest form using information technologies (ITs) to manage terminal assets and supplement human activity.  Automation processes often result in two major types of automated terminals. A fully automated terminal uses a computer–IT-led system to handle a container from dockside to the pickup area through remotely...
August 5th, 2021
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A stream of recent announcements suggests that a global market for storing and utilising carbon is emerging, comments Peter de Langen. Carbon can be captured from industrial processes like producing oil refi neries, ethanol production or turning gas or coal into chemicals (such capture is relatively cheap) and from power plants (for instance that use coal or biomass). In addition, carbon can be captured directly from the air, and subsequently stored – though this is much more costly. Institutions like the International Energy Agency...
July 1st, 2021
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by Mikael Lind, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and Chalmers University of Technology, Wolfgang Lehmacher, Anchor Group, Jan Hoffmann, UNCTAD, Lars Jensen, Vespucci Maritime, Theo Notteboom, Ghent University and Antwerp Maritime Academy, Torbjörn Rydbergh, Marine Benchmark, Peter Sand, BIMCO, Sandra Haraldson, RISE, Rachael White, Next Level Information & Cool Logistics, Hanane Becha, UN/CEFACT, Patrik Berglund, Xeneta Abstract Disruption and congestion are occurring across the global maritime...
May 28th, 2021
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Two reviews of Towards a Better Ports Industry, by PortEconomics co-director Peter de Langen The book Towards a Better Ports Industry, written by PortEconomics co-director Peter de Langen was published last year. Recently, two reviews of the book, which is aimed at students and industry professionals, were published in academic journals focused on maritime and port research.   Sheila Farrell from Imperial College London, wrote a review ((full article only accessible for subscribers, can be found: here), based on her lifelong...
May 25th, 2021
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Drug crime has been present in ports for centuries and is unlikely to ever go away, writes Peter de Langen. In some ports, like Rotterdam and Antwerp, much more attention has been given to drug crime recently. It is increasingly clear that workers in various activities, such as terminals, container depots and warehouses are vulnerable. Criminal groups actively try to get these workers to work for them. Given the huge ‘street value’ of drugs, the financial benefits for the workers are huge. Yet it does not stop there,...
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