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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...
November 27th, 2019
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By Peter de Langen One of the best-known cases of port reform aimed to create intra-port competition is that of Buenos Aires, the largest port of Argentina In the early 1990s, Buenos Aires was an inefficient state-run port. Cargo volumes fell between 1970 and 1990. The port tariffs increased by over 250% in real terms in a decade. The Argentine government reformed the port industry, creating a deregulated environment for private operators, while securing sufficient competition between terminals. Five terminal plots in the port...
October 29th, 2019
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By Peter de Langen The recent news that the Singapore sovereign wealth fund, Temasek, and the global freight forwarder, Kuehne + Nagel, will start a venture fund, to be based in Singapore and called Reefknot Investments, is the latest of various initiatives that have emerged over the recent years. Some major other venture funds include Copenhagen-based Rainmaking Transport, PortXL, based in Rotterdam but with other locations in some other major ports, Hamburg-based Next Logistics Accelerator, and Marseille-based ZeBox. Not...
October 12th, 2019
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By Peter de Langen In June 2019, the winners of the fourth edition of the African Ports Awards (APA) were announced in Lomé, Togo. I had a small involvement as member of the Jury. The role of this Jury is minimal as the awards are based on performance data of the ports. There are different awards in different categories, all based on performance data that African ports submit. This focus on performance data is why, in my view, this initiative is helping to promote the conversation between all stakeholders about performance. The...
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