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December 22nd, 2022
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GREPORT 2022, the fourth edition of the biannual report on Greek ports, is now available to download freely (in Greek). The report contains sections on: The latest developments in Greek port policyCargo throughput trendsConnectivity of Greek container ports in the global shipping networks.Passenger movementsFinancial standing of Greek portsDevelopments per major port and terminal operator. Short, medium and long-term comparisons are accompanied by analyses and indexes per port market. The report has been produced by PortEconomics...
December 8th, 2022
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The container shipping fleet has seen strong growth over the past few decades to accommodate rising world trade volumes. Carriers have expanded their fleet through organic growth (such as MSC), or through a combination of organic growth and M&A activity (such as Maersk). At present, the top 20 container carriers operate a fleet capacity (owned and chartered) of about 24 million TEU. The PortGraphic, prepared by PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom points to some striking facts about the spectacular growth in the...
October 30th, 2022
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"DP World, the developer of London Gateway, made two recent announcements, signalling the steady development of the London Gateway port business ecosystem" - comments Peter de Langen in his "Analyst" column in Port Strategy "First, it will invest around £350 million in a fourth berth project, which will increase London Gateway’s capacity by a third. This will enable London Gateway to continue increasing volumes and continue increasing its share of the UK market. Second, DP World announced that work has begun on a new speculative...
October 17th, 2022
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PortEconomics members received a welcomed acknowledgment by a report ranking 10 members of the team in the list of the best in the academic world per research field. Since its establishment, PortEconomics has provided freely accessible research, education, information, and network-building material on critical issues of port economics, management, and policies. The initiative is developed and empowered by the members of the PortEconomics group, including scholars from all parts of the world.   Last week,...
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 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 early New Year. A...
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...
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