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July 16th, 2020
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By Peter de Langen The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to lead to increased state involvement in the transport industry; for airlines it has already begun, writes Peter de Langen. Such state involvement is always complicated, as demonstrated by the Ryanair complaint that governments bailing out flag carriers amounts to state aid. Against this background is the news that the regional state-owned inland port company of Cologne will purchase the main European activities of Imperial logistics (the sale price is a little over €175 million, the...
May 25th, 2020
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PortStatistics of 2019 reveal the successful adaptation and growth of Med ports before the arrival of the pandemic. Article by Thanos Pallis, Aimilia Papachristou & George Vaggelas While cruise shipping and ports around the globe reassessing their future in the ‘new’ normal, PortEconomics is presenting you the top-15 ports in the Mediterranean Sea for the past year, 2019 as well as the trends comparing to 2018 and the evolution of cruise passenger movement since the beginning of the 2010s. PortStatistics of 2019 reveals the...
May 1st, 2020
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The move of DP World's parent company (Port and Free Zone World) to purchase shares traded on Nasdaq Dubai and delist the company is highly interesting, writes Peter de Langen, with his views first published in his Analyst column at @ Port Strategy. The ownership of Port Operators by Peter de Langen "The move of DP World's parent company (Port and Free Zone World) to purchase shares traded on Nasdaq Dubai and delist the company is highly interesting, If, as expected, the offer is accepted, DP World will be 100% owned by Port and Free Zone...
April 28th, 2020
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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 16th, 2020
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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.
March 31st, 2020
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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. Peter De Langen is the first to contribute, with a column on how the recent might accelerate some trends that were already visible in the port world prior to the crisis. The return of business as usual after corona? by Peter De...
March 9th, 2020
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By Jean-Paul Rodrigue The emergence of e-commerce has allowed for new forms of logistics and freight distribution that are starting to have noticeable impacts on ports and terminal operations. This digitalization of retail required the setting of physical distribution components relying on home deliveries, which include several facilities designed and positioned to answer demand promptly. E-commerce is a distributional form of consumption since demand is dependent on the available distribution capabilities, particularly its...
February 3rd, 2020
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By George Vaggelas A decade after the concession of Pier II to COSCO Pacific, followed by the construction and the commencing of operations of Pier III and three years after the sell of the 51% of the shares of Piraeus Port Authority SA to COSCO Shipping Co., the port of Piraeus is advancing among the top container ports in Europe and internationally. In 2018, Piraeus port was the second biggest container port in the Mediterranean, the sixth biggest in Europe and the 37th in the world. No doubt, the presence of an International Terminal...
February 1st, 2020
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By Peter de Langen In drafting port policies and assessing the benefits of investments in port development, we often stress the link between better ports and export competitiveness And indeed, various studies demonstrate there is a positive link between the two. Because of the diversity of exporters and export commodities, the relation between ports and export competitiveness is often assessed at the macro level, i.e. not for specific exporting companies. The case of RAK, the fourth largest emirate of the UAE, is a good case to show...
December 27th, 2019
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By Theo Notteboom The year 2019 brought a range of challenges and opportunities for European container ports. In this contribution we summarize the main developments and present an outlook for 2020. Container volumes up, but concern about rising trade barriers The year 2019 will go down in history as a year that brought healthy container volume growth for most European container ports, although growth slowed down in the second quarter. The year-on-year growth figures for the top 15 European container ports in the first nine...
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