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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...
September 29th, 2019
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PortEconomics member, and chair of the global Port Performance Research Network (PPRN) Gordon Wilmsmeier assesses the Colombian port system and provides his thought on its future. En este momento no veo la necesidad de hacer un puerto en Tribugá The full interview (in Spanish), to Lorenzo Morales, as published in El Espectador "Para este investigador del Global Port Performance Network y profesor honorario de geografía marítima de la U. de Ciencias Aplicadas en Bremen (Alemania) y de la U. de los Andes, el país debería analizar y...
September 23rd, 2019
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By Peter de Langen The societal impact of cruise vessels is increasingly under scrutiny, focused on the effects of cruise passengers on cruise cities and environmental effects of cruise ships. The report on emissions by Transport & Environment is a case in point. This report is one more signal of an underlying trend of an increasingly critical stance towards cruise that threatens its ‘license to operate and grow’. So far, at least in my perspective, both the cruise ports and cruise lines have not developed a ‘positive...
September 17th, 2019
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by Ricardo J. Sanchez Very often, the largest cities in the world were built next to the ocean or rivers. For this reason, ports were built and developed in cities. However, as time went by, it was questioned whether ports were needed specifically in those locations. Around the world, cities are increasingly answering "no". The latest issue of Container Management addresses the issue, taking into account the cases of Sweden and Denmark. The causes that have motivated the decision to move the ports located in the centre of cities or in...
July 5th, 2019
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By Theo Notteboom HMM recently announced that the carrier will join THE Alliance in April 2020. This marks the end of HMM's search for alliance membership after the G6 alliance ceased to exist some 4 years ago. In 1998, HMM became an alliance member for the first time when the carrier joined the New World Alliance (NWA). In the early 2010s, the NWA teamed up with the Grand Alliance members to create G6. A wave of M&A activity in the liner shipping industry resulted in a new alliance landscape in recent years. HMM found itself...
July 3rd, 2019
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By Peter de Langen Rotterdam’s recent announcement that it is developing a 60-hectare ‘Food Hub’ at the entrance to Maasvlakte is interesting, both because of the concept and of the history of the site The industrial site will be developed to offer optimal facilities for ‘agrofood’ companies and will have multiple berths for container vessels and inland vessels, with special facilities for refrigerated cargo. The idea is that containers arriving at the Maasvlakte container terminals will move by ship to the food hub, while...
June 21st, 2019
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Sustainability journal: Call for contributions Today, most large port hubs include the circular economy transformation challenge, together with smart digitalization and Internet of Things (IoT), in their strategic priorities. Some port authorities even express the ambition for their port to become a maritime circular hotspot. However, many ports do not seem to have progressed beyond incremental, small-scale sustainable innovations, or the support of rather fragmented sustainability initiatives. However, what really takes ports to the next...
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