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  • Putting safety first

    Andrew Ryan asks whether operators take twistlock problems seriously enough 27 Jul 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Are mega-ships such an imposition?

    COMMENT: The OECD report on the effects on mega-ships provides valuable insights for all players in the port industry. While I do not wish to discuss those, I would like to focus on an – in my view - important flaw in the report: the suggestion that mega ships impose infrastructure costs on the public sector, writes Peter de Langen. 27 Jul 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Smartening up

    COMMENT: A new buzzword is tunnelling through the industry: smart. But it means very different things to different people. An interesting discussion in our LinkedIn group revealed just how diverse people’s interpretation of this simple word can be, writes Carly Fields. 27 Jul 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Call for creative and connected thinking

    COMMENT: Ports have a tangible impact on economic vibrancy, or lack thereof. If there are any doubts about this, consider the cold water thrown upon us by the recent reports coming out of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, saying that US economic growth suffered to the tune of 0.2% GDP, based on the difficulties at the West Coast ports, writes Barry Parker. 27 Jul 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Has Gdynia missed the boat?

    Traditionally Gdynia has been Poland’s main container import/export gateway but slowly and surely this status has been eroded and the recent announcement by the G6 alliance that it intends to implement calls at the Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk can be seen as another way step in this process. 27 Jul 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Don’t go it alone

    Consider this scenario: we have a nation that has somewhat belatedly offered its main container handling facilities for concession. 27 Jul 2015 - Port Strategy

  • A stitch in time

    JLT Mobile Computers' Per Holmberg explains why the choice of components is vital 27 Jul 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Affordability of economies of scale

    COMMENT: Like all things in our world we try to keep up with new trends in order not to be at a disadvantage. In economic terms this is known as comparative advantage, defined as the ability of a firm to produce goods and/or services at a lower opportunity cost than other firms or individuals, writes Ben Hackett. 27 Jul 2015 - Port Strategy

  • On the brink of change

    COMMENT: 2014 was a mixed year for economic fundamentals but little of this impacted the flow of trade, writes Ben Hackett. 29 May 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Time for an Optimal Size Index?

    COMMENT: As this issue goes to press, the Maritime Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will be meeting in London, writes Barry Parker. 29 May 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Beware trucks bearing 'gifts'

    TT Club’s Laurence Jones urges ports to look beyond the container weighing headlines 29 May 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Innovation, disruption and survival

    We're just not innovating enough, warns APS Technology's Allen Thomas 29 May 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Cloud control

    XVELA's Christopher Mazza explains why carrier-terminal collaboration could find a home in the cloud 29 May 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Forward plan to manage transitions

    COMMENT: In Antwerp, the closure of the GM plant makes a huge site available for re-development, while in Rotterdam, one of the refineries (currently owned by Q8) is up for sale, writes Peter de Langen. 29 May 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Playground of the alliances

    COMMENT: Over the past twelve months the container business has been turned on its head with shifting alliances, the arrival of the mega-ships and an ordering spree with enough capacity to make a grown man cry. 29 May 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Under the microscope

    COMMENT: Just how much ports are under the microscope nowadays when they are located close to a city or populated areas is highlighted by the recent experience of Associated British Ports’ (ABP) port of Southampton, writes Mike Mundy. 29 May 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Sound the trumpet

    COMMENT: There’s nothing like a bit of pressure to really push boundaries. In the case of APM Terminals, most of that pressure is of its own making when it comes to its Maasvlakte II terminal, writes Carly Fields. 29 May 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Belief in Canadian container prospects

    COMMENT: Last month, DP World bought the Maher terminal in Prince Rupert, with a 2014 throughput of a little over 600,000 teu for more than a half billion US dollar - just under $1,000 per teu handled, writes Peter de Langen. 27 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Allaying ‘Big Brother’ fears

    COMMENT: From last October, the UK Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency no longer requires UK vehicle owners to exhibit on their respective vehicles a ‘tax disc’ – a unique piece of paper which basically tells all and sundry - not least marauding traffic wardens - that you have paid for your vehicle to be on the road for a specified period, writes Mike Mundy. 27 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Carriers disconnect needs serious thought

    COMMENT: What will the world of containerships look like in 2020? Or 2025? If you take the pronouncements of Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as gospel most of the big liners will have consolidated, and there will be one super-duper high-tech salt mine to handle all the vagaries of back office functions, writes Barry Parker. 27 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Just who's laughing now?

    COMMENT: Reading the press since the end of the labour dispute on the US West Coast brings a smile to one's lips. The build-up of the West Coast congestion was relatively slow, as the ILWU and the PMA were locked in negotiations and shippers and carriers worked on how to deal with cargo, writes Ben Hackett. 27 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Out of sight

    COMMENT: Statisticians claim that a ship arrives or departs Singapore every two to three minutes. Normally, you need to take statistics of that ilk with a pinch of salt and ask what a port authority might stand to gain from artificially inflating that figure. 27 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy