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  • Under one roof

    COMMENT: APM Terminals has announced that it will invest more than $2bn in a new port in Nigeria, its largest single investment in a port ever. 07 Sep 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Cracking down on Canal concerns

    COMMENT: The appearance of cracks in one of the sills in the Cocoli Locks at the Pacific end of the new Panama Canal may not be the only factor to slow down the system’s full exploitation, writes Mike Mundy. 07 Sep 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Vying for attention

    COMMENT: There’s certainly been a lot of chatter around New York about infrastructure and about the local port authority, but most of the press, traditional media and online coverage has not been about maritime things. The biggest headlines have been garnered by plans for a new $4bn revamp of the 1960s vintage LaGuardia Airport (which, sensibly, would include a ferry link to the business areas of Manhattan), writes Barry Parker. 07 Sep 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Mombasa operator hiatus

    COMMENT: It was originally scheduled to be announced in July but now informed sources indicate the name of the new Mombasa container terminal operator will be announced in late September/early October. 07 Sep 2015 - Port Strategy

  • No magic productivity pills

    Carly Fields talks with Navis’ Oscar Pernia about evolutionary changes in port performance 07 Sep 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Who stole my container?

    TT Club's Laurence Jones explains why cybercrime is a rising threat to ports 07 Sep 2015 - Port Strategy

  • In a bubble

    COMMENT: China's having a tough time of it. While its economic slowdown is old news - shipping markets have had over a year to adjust to falling demand from the Asian juggernaut – its ports are now under scrutiny, writes Carly Fields. 07 Sep 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Economic hurdles remain

    COMMENT: Ports and terminals around the world are making major investments in upgrading facilities, building new ones and re-financing what they have. It seems as if there is a general belief that global trade will return to the growth paths seen before the Great Recession and that shipowners will pursue economies of scale to the maximum, writes Ben Hackett. 07 Sep 2015 - Port Strategy

  • 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