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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...
May 16th, 2019
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Reform didn't advance quickly enough, with the public sector remaining the major player at Piraeus until the arrival of COSCO in October 2009. Prior to that, Piraeus Port Authority had been the sole port operator, with the Greek State holding the 74.14% of the shares and the remaining 25.86% being traded on the Athens Stock Exchange. As such, Piraeus port was operated as a state company, which had an impact on its performance. It was handicapped by over-staffing, reduced operational efficiency and a business strategy focused mainly on...
May 14th, 2019
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By Peter de Langen Providing a series of training sessions for the European Transport Workers’ Federation allowed me and fellow members of the knowledge-dissemination platform www.porteconomics.eu to develop and discuss ideas on the future of labour in ports. In my case, this took shape in the context of a global discussion on the viability of a ‘post-work’ future. The main claim of the ‘post-work’ advocates is that we need to move towards a society where work takes a less central place. While people will obviously continue...
April 20th, 2019
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By invitation, PortEconomics member Jean-Paul Rodrigue took part in a OECD/IFT Roundtable on Future maritime trade flows, held in Paris, and included 30 members of government, industry and academia. The two days were divided in five sessions covering selected topics, including the changing demand for maritime trade, costs and trade flows, maritime business strategies, infrastructures and the North Sea Route. A large array of issues were discussed and Jean-Paul Rodrigue summarises what has retained his attention. Future Maritime Trade...
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