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  • Fight for survival

    So the US West Coast labour hullabaloo is finally over. It took Obama’s loan of US secretary of labour Thomas Perez to help broker a deal after a federal mediator failed to find common ground between the two sides. Perez’s imposition of a deal deadline saw both sides jump to attention; the alternative was a trip to Washington to sort out the mess. 25 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Cosco ordered to pay back Piraeus EU aid

    COMMENT: Just as Piraeus concessionaire Cosco re-found its favour with the new Greek authorities, the fraught relationship is under pressure yet again, this time by European Commission interjections, writes Carly Fields. 25 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy

  • All change in the eurozone

    COMMENT: A change of fiscal strategy for the Eurozone began with the Swiss de-coupling from the Euro, followed by the injection of €60bn a month for up to 18 months into the Eurozone economies and the change of government in Greece, writes Ben Hackett. 20 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy

  • A proposition with handcuffs

    COMMENT: The Dock Workers Union, the union which represents the majority of workers at the port of Mombasa, Kenya, has stated that it now supports the idea of offering a concession to the private sector for the new 450,000 teu container terminal under development, but only if this first phase development focuses on transhipment traffic. 18 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy

  • The future is the past

    COMMENT: do you think it is a wise strategy to curtail talks with a group of influential investors by announcing it to the media, asks Mike Mundy. 16 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy

  • A matter of definition

    Aecom’s Rodrigo Castilho, Krystle McBride, Mark Sisson explain why capacity is never black and white 13 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Joining the US infrastructure dots

    COMMENT: Sometimes policy disconnects need to be highlighted. At one extreme, the US West Coast docks have been near paralysed by an emerging infrastructure collapse, with the widely publicised labour difficulties bringing ports to their knees, writes Barry Parker. 11 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Pricing of transhipment by port authorities

    COMMENT: How can pricing structures in ports be best explained; are they based on a specific historical trajectory in each port, or based on economic logic, asks Peter de Langen. 09 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Compliments and comments

    COMMENT: The development plan for Hong Kong Port, released December 2014, makes interesting reading for port planners and developers; my compliments to all stakeholders including the consultant BMT Asia Pacific, writes Peter de Langen. 10 Feb 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Out of the frying pan

    COMMENT: Things are getting serious on the US West Coast: due in part to ongoing negotiations with labour at US West Coast ports not enough potatoes have been getting through to Japan for McDonald’s to meet demand for its French fries, writes Mike Mundy. 10 Feb 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Mediterranean battleground

    COMMENT: With top of the range containership sizes heading over the 20,000 teu mark and new mega alliance start-ups underway, Mediterranean transhipment operations are heading into a new era. 10 Feb 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Digitalisation: not my business?

    Kalmar's Frank Kho explains the benefits that increased digitalisation brings to the port sector 10 Feb 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Integrate with information

    ABB's Fredrik Johansson and Björn Henriksson explain why integration can meet changing container trade dynamics 10 Feb 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Fight or flight?

    COMMENT: Just as the goalposts came into view, the Chinese have seen their port privatisation dreams in Greece not just moved but completely dismantled and removed from the field, writes Carly Fields. 06 Feb 2015 - Port Strategy

  • The tail wagging the dog

    COMMENT: The vessel design and ports businesses should run on parallel paths, but they do not; instead, they are on divergent tracks, writes Barry Parker. 22 Jan 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Better things to come in 2015?

    COMMENT: The port industry is impacted by global and regional economics but not always in the direct way that one would expect. As an example, the weakness of the European Union in 2014 did not directly translate into a weak flow of cargo in Europe, but on the other hand it had a significant impact on Asia, particularly China, by Ben Hackett. 08 Jan 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Getting in with the neighbours

    Various potential mergers between neighbouring port authorities have recently been in the news and the experiences of the newly-paired ports have in virtually all cases been positive. 24 Dec 2014 - Port Strategy

  • When a foul wind blows

    Laurence Jones warns that someone needs to take responsibility for windstorm lockdowns of cranes. Despite an historically long run of relatively benign North Atlantic hurricane seasons, most people now accept that climate change is happening and we are now seeing severe windstorms in locations they have seldom occurred before. 17 Dec 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Shout about the benefits

    As the year winds down, I am reflecting on a rather large missed opportunity. New York's radio stations, and their TV counterparts, have been quite diligent in announcing a weekend closure of the Bayonne Bridge for construction and closures during weekdays - all part of the “Raise the Roadway” project. 10 Dec 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Smartening up to the occasion

    Hamburg Port Authority's Jens Meier explains how to make data work to improve productivity 10 Dec 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Game-changing West Africa

    It was only a couple of years back that Maersk Line phased in the last of its 22 4,500 teu WAFMAX vessels, purposely designed to work in West African ports and provide direct services to Asia. However, events are moving fast along the West African coastline and, as Alphaliner recently noted, gearless ships of above 5,000 teu now account for 20% of the total capacity deployed on the Far East-West Africa route. 10 Dec 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Is there a case for penalties?

    COMMENT: I was recently in the audience of an animated conference discussion about the pros and cons of introducing rewards and penalties at ports handling containers. It was an interesting debate, but it left me feeling sceptical about whether such a scheme could work, writes Carly Fields. 03 Dec 2014 - Port Strategy