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  • 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

  • Dynamar rings Mediterranean movements

    Dynamar’s latest intra-Mediterranean container trade report pegs 2015 volumes of full container trade at 15.6m teu, up from 14.9m teu in 2013, expecting it to grow to 17.1m teu by 2017. 03 Dec 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Downside of economies of scale

    Global carriers, having a hard time managing their pricing strategies, and therefore their profitability, turned to larger vessel sizes in the search for economies of scale that would lower the slot cost of voyages. 27 Nov 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Back on track

    COMMENT: Kenya is ahead of Tanzania in seeking to install major new container handling capacity on Africa’s eastern seaboard. 19 Nov 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Time for a touch of humanity

    COMMENT: A life at sea is not the glamorous posting that it used to be. Long stretches away from family and friends, limited social cohesion because of a lack of common language and risk of attack or even hijack in some parts of the world, writes Carly Fields. 12 Nov 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Walking the economic tightrope

    The US continues to expand its economy but this is not enough to stop the sharp volatility in the stock markets, the volatility in exchange rates and the flattening out of trade. 05 Nov 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Changing financing course

    COMMENT: Before the financial crash in 2008, port finance got very sexy - a spate of deals done circa 2006-2007 saw all manner of 'privatisations' where port operators sold their crown jewels to investment funds for vast sums, and leased them back, writes Barry Parker. 05 Nov 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Labour saving revolution

    Concerns are being expressed by unions about the potential loss of dockworker jobs in Rotterdam resulting from the introduction of two new highly automated container terminals and over-capacity. 29 Oct 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Investing in innovation stimulation

    COMMENT: What drives the competitiveness of ports? Is it sufficient draft to accommodate ever larger vessels, productivity, high quality hinterland infrastructure or well-functioning port community systems, asks Peter de Langen. 09 Oct 2014 - Port Strategy

  • The Ukrainian port bubble

    COMMENT: Attending a conference in Odessa in September on the topic of the Black Sea ports and trade was like being in a bubble of peace and prosperity, writes Ben Hackett. 02 Oct 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Joining the LNG fuel train

    COMMENT: LNG propulsion for vessels large and small is probably the biggest shipping ‘story’ of 2014 - the trade press and conference circuit are bubbling over with news of new projects, writes Barry Parker. 02 Oct 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Big sets the agenda

    COMMENT: The ongoing influx of ultra large container carriers has led to a new phase of port congestion in Europe and Asia, writes Mike Mundy. 25 Sep 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Manila shows how not to do it

    COMMENT: It’s a mess in Manila: empty boxes have been left to languish on the docks, trucks have been blocking up the highways and extreme, disconnected measures have caused a catalogue of knock on effects, writes Carly Fields. 24 Sep 2014 - Port Strategy

  • In the slow lane

    There is now serious doubt that Nigeria’s new Ports and Harbour Bill, the new legislation intended to ‘right the wrongs’ of the earlier comprehensive port concession process, will be enacted in the current term of President Goodluck Jonathan due to end in 2015. 18 Sep 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Nigeria's new regulator

    COMMENT: In the wake of numerous complaints by port users to government, Nigeria has taken the interesting step of appointing the Nigeria Shippers’ Council as an arm’s length Economic Port Regulator, writes Mike Mundy. 10 Sep 2014 - Port Strategy