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Controlling cranes from afar is catching on

Controlling cranes from afar is catching on

Shipping and the physical internet
COMMENT: The term ‘physical internet’ has emerged in recent years as a metaphor for the future of freight transport. While the metaphor possibly obscures more than it enlightens, it nevertheless makes sense to explore the implications for ocean shipping, writes Peter de Langen. 06 Mar 2017 - Port Strategy
Fill your dance card
COMMENT: The race is on to find a dance partner on the US East Coast to deal with the quick-stepping shipping lines, heavy-footed container ships and twirling alliances, writes Carly Fields. 06 Mar 2017 - Port Strategy
Collaboration not confrontation?
COMMENT: Around the world port labour reforms are in train. There are not many locations where such reforms are undertaken on a proactive basis; it usually involves legislative change and grinding out a solution between employers and unions often with some sort of mediation in-between. As is now the case in Spain, writes Mike Mundy. 06 Mar 2017 - Port Strategy
Innovate and standardise
Ericsson AB’s John Taxgaard explains the benefits of closer supply chain and ICT integration 06 Mar 2017 - Port Strategy
Ultimate threat to trade
COMMENT: We live in a new global reality where diplomacy is practiced via Twitter if we are to believe President Trump and the Lithuanian Prime Minister. This is, in my view, a very sad state of affairs with Twitter driving populism globally. Today, there is truth and alternative truth; in the old days it used to be just plain lies, writes Ben Hackett. 06 Mar 2017 - Port Strategy
When boxes don’t quite stack up
TT Club’s Laurence Jones looks at straightforward remedies for an all too common complaint 06 Mar 2017 - Port Strategy
Trade thinking of Millennials
COMMENT: Maritime business always presents a conflict between old and new; as New York basked in warm weather, I heard about generational change at a Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) lunch; but later the same day, celebrated old tugboats at a big dinner hosted by the Working Harbor Committee, writes Barry Parker. 06 Mar 2017 - Port Strategy
Writing on the wall
COMMENT: The Spanish Government has passed a draft law which aims to achieve compliance with European Union regulations governing the hiring of port labour. 06 Mar 2017 - Port Strategy
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