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Controlling cranes from afar is catching on

The year of promising assertiveness?
Olaf Merk explains why 2017 could be the year where ports collectively find their backbone 03 Feb 2017 - Port Strategy
New year heralds change
COMMENT: The world order of things has changed, populism has thrown politics and economics into a new mixing bowl, not necessarily for the good, writes Ben Hackett. 03 Feb 2017 - Port Strategy
Second can be better than first
COMMENT: The poor state of health of the container shipping sector has prompted a lot of speculation about the implications for the container terminal operating sector, writes Mike Mundy. 03 Feb 2017 - Port Strategy
Driverless possibilities
COMMENT: It is no surprise that the PSA Singapore has signalled its intention to introduce ‘truck platooning’ for container transfer between its container terminals. 03 Feb 2017 - Port Strategy
The benefits of togetherness
COMMENT: In fully private markets, the ‘invisible hand’ ensures the survival of the fittest, writes Peter de Langen. 03 Feb 2017 - Port Strategy
False bravado
COMMENT: There seems to be a groundswell of opinion that 2017 will be the year that ports start getting bolshie with shipping lines. The year that they start saying ‘no’ to the unrealistic demands being made of them. The year that they find their voice in discussions with alliances. Prophetic or wishful thinking? In my view, it’s definitely the latter, writes Carly Fields. 03 Feb 2017 - Port Strategy
Winds of change blow in
COMMENT: We've heard it before, but that didn't stop the Governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo - perhaps a future Democratic candidate for the White House (yes, I know, it's four years away) - making a big push for offshore wind farms, writes Barry Parker. 03 Feb 2017 - Port Strategy
American dream
Yilport's bid for Port America could prove to be a lynchpin for its global ambitions, finds Alex Hughes 05 Dec 2016 - Port Strategy
Another miserable year
COMMENT: The port and shipping industry really do not have much to look forward to these days. Despite all the recent scrapping of ships of all types, there is still a surplus of tonnage that slack demand cannot fill, writes Ben Hackett. 05 Dec 2016 - Port Strategy
Dealing in intermodal truths
COMMENT: The Inland Terminal conference in Basel in November brought together an interesting mix of stakeholders in intermodal logistics. I shared with delegates some of the findings of research on intermodal connections, based on a database developed by Intermodal Links, writes Peter de Langen. 05 Dec 2016 - Port Strategy
Perils of Mother Nature
COMMENT: Never underestimate the power of Mother Nature. This is a reality that many seafarers fully appreciate, but not one that that is always grasped by those of us with our feet on terra firma. That is until an event occurs like the one in Brisbane on November 13 and in Freeport, Grand Bahama October 5-6. 05 Dec 2016 - Port Strategy
South Korea’s turn
COMMENT: Now its South Korea’s turn for some political turbulence, writes Mike Mundy. 05 Dec 2016 - Port Strategy
Taking sustainability seriously
COMMENT: In early November, a high level group of advisors to the United Nations Secretary General - with several maritime business people on the team - issued a report on 'Mobilising sustainable transport for development', writes Barry Parker. 05 Dec 2016 - Port Strategy
Lost in the melee
COMMENT: With the posturing and the politicking done, the real job of running the United States of America now looms large ahead of president-elect Donald Trump. He and his carefully assembled team hold the fate of US infrastructure development, including ports and supporting modes, in their hands, writes Carly Fields. 29 Nov 2016 - Port Strategy
The case of Bangladesh
COMMENT: Bangladesh is an interesting case study; it is a country where international trade is on the march but it is still a country without a deep-sea port, writes Mike Mundy. 30 Oct 2016 - Port Strategy
Lesser of two evils
COMMENT: By the time readers see this article, the 2016 US Presidential election will be underway. But like many US voters, right now I am still scratching my head and trying to figure out which candidate is the lesser of two evils, writes Barry Parker.  30 Oct 2016 - Port Strategy
Yet more turbulence ahead
COMMENT: For those who thought that things could not get worse, they will. At the beginning of the year there was optimism by some that 2016 would end up being a good year, however it is hard to see how anyone could have come to that conclusion, writes Ben Hackett. 30 Oct 2016 - Port Strategy
Measuring value at city ports
COMMENT: Should port development differ between metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas? Definitely, in my view, writes Peter de Langen. 30 Oct 2016 - Port Strategy
A little mercy
COMMENT: I’m going to hijack this Viewpoint for something not strictly related to ports. That said, the topic does involve a ship, which does dock at ports in Africa, so I’ll make that my tenuous link, writes Carly Fields. 30 Oct 2016 - Port Strategy
Real concession reform?
COMMENT: India has released details of a proposed new model concession agreement which is designed to reform its terminal bidding process and attract more private sector investment. 30 Oct 2016 - Port Strategy