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Controlling cranes from afar is catching on

Controlling cranes from afar is catching on

State aid exemptions miss the mark
COMMENT: The long-awaited European Union policy on government investments in seaports and airports has both high and low points. The sad part is that the high points are mainly centred around airports, while the seaport part takes the lion’s share of low points, writes Peter de Langen. 20 Jul 2017 - Port Strategy
All change for globalisation
COMMENT: Globalisation is evolving and the change may well mean the end of the concept as we know it, writes Ben Hackett. 20 Jul 2017 - Port Strategy
Get to the cargo interests
COMMENT: While this year's Marine Money week in New York did not feature any specific sessions on port financing, it did serve as an important reminder of cargo in the shipping mix, in which ports play a pivotal role, writes Barry Parker. 30 Jun 2017 - Port Strategy
Automating the warehouse
Plant Handling’s Dilyan Alexiev explains why driverless forklifts are essential for ports of tomorrow 23 Jun 2017 - Port Strategy
Forget business as usual
COMMENT: It is increasingly clear that car transport is at the brink of radical changes, driven by technological advances in autonomous driving and changing ownership patterns of cars, writes Peter de Langen. 03 Jun 2017 - Port Strategy
Spain’s second stab at reforms
COMMENT: Spain’s Council of Ministers has approved the content of what is intended to become the new national stowage law and is readying to pass it into law via a Royal Decree. It has not, however, arrived at this juncture without controversy, writes Mike Mundy. 03 Jun 2017 - Port Strategy
Mixing cargo and commuters
COMMENT: This year, ferry transport is all the rage, at least around New York, writes Barry Parker. 03 Jun 2017 - Port Strategy
Round and round
COMMENT: The circular economy is firmly on the agenda of the European Commission right now - it was in the final throes of agreeing seemingly contentious new waste and recycling laws at the time of writing, writes Carly Fields. 03 Jun 2017 - Port Strategy
Disruption takes many forms
COMMENT: I recently attended the Terminal Operators Conference in Singapore where there was a lot of discussion about digitalisation, and blockchain - it was not clear to me whether the audience really understood the meaning or full implications of either, writes Ben Hackett. 03 Jun 2017 - Port Strategy
The Thessaloniki saga
COMMENT: Over 10 years on from the time of the first concession attempt for the northern Greek port of Thessaloniki the port has finally been privatised, but is the result the best one and did the process really live up to European Union standards of transparency or are the Greek politicians (aided by forthcoming bank advisors) incorrigible? 03 Jun 2017 - Port Strategy
Brave operators
Carly Fields finds out why you need nerves of steel to run a port in today’s business environment 03 Jun 2017 - Port Strategy
Balancing automation and taxation
Olaf Merk explains why ports should take the lead in defining how to tax automated industries 03 Jun 2017 - Port Strategy
Dawn of a digital age
PSA’s Oh Bee Lock discusses the potential impact of the new digital world for ports and terminals 05 May 2017 - Port Strategy
Optimism in the air
COMMENT: Syria aside, there appears to be a sense of optimism in the air about the prospects of the global economy and the growth of trade despite Trump's “America First” policies and disdain for trade agreements, writes Ben Hackett. 05 May 2017 - Port Strategy
Corruption health check essential
COMMENT: Corruption in ports and at borders generally manifests itself in terms of collusive forms of corruption to evade tariffs and taxes and coercive bribery where port or customs officials extract bribes from companies or individuals for performing routine processes, writes Mike Mundy. 05 May 2017 - Port Strategy
Play at their own game
COMMENT: US political news has attracted quite a bit of attention of late. Much like a good reality show on TV striving for good ratings, the newsmakers have succeeded in creating a good - albeit maddening - formula for boosting viewer and readership, writes Barry Parker. 05 May 2017 - Port Strategy
A port with purpose
Cornwall Marine Network’s Paul Wickes explains how Falmouth achieves far more than the sum of its parts 05 May 2017 - Port Strategy
Spain: Second time lucky
COMMENT: Spain is about to launch a second attempt to reform its stevedoring industry in order to put it on a more competitive footing and thereby achieve compliance with European Union (EU) requirements. 05 May 2017 - Port Strategy
Bold move on coal
COMMENT: Last month, Port of Amsterdam took a bold move for a landlord port authority: it announced its ambition to end handling coal by 2030, writes Peter de Langen. 05 May 2017 - Port Strategy
Disruption solved
COMMENT: Hands up if you are sick of hearing the phrase ‘disruptive technology’. My hand is up, in fact both are up, writes Carly Fields. 05 May 2017 - Port Strategy