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  • Belief in Canadian container prospects

    COMMENT: Last month, DP World bought the Maher terminal in Prince Rupert, with a 2014 throughput of a little over 600,000 teu for more than a half billion US dollar - just under $1,000 per teu handled, writes Peter de Langen. 27 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Allaying ‘Big Brother’ fears

    COMMENT: From last October, the UK Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency no longer requires UK vehicle owners to exhibit on their respective vehicles a ‘tax disc’ – a unique piece of paper which basically tells all and sundry - not least marauding traffic wardens - that you have paid for your vehicle to be on the road for a specified period, writes Mike Mundy. 27 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Carriers disconnect needs serious thought

    COMMENT: What will the world of containerships look like in 2020? Or 2025? If you take the pronouncements of Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as gospel most of the big liners will have consolidated, and there will be one super-duper high-tech salt mine to handle all the vagaries of back office functions, writes Barry Parker. 27 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Just who's laughing now?

    COMMENT: Reading the press since the end of the labour dispute on the US West Coast brings a smile to one's lips. The build-up of the West Coast congestion was relatively slow, as the ILWU and the PMA were locked in negotiations and shippers and carriers worked on how to deal with cargo, writes Ben Hackett. 27 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Out of sight

    COMMENT: Statisticians claim that a ship arrives or departs Singapore every two to three minutes. Normally, you need to take statistics of that ilk with a pinch of salt and ask what a port authority might stand to gain from artificially inflating that figure. 27 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Benefits of environmental ratings

    RightShip’s Warwick Norman explains why ports are getting on the emissions-cutting bandwagon 27 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Piraeus farce

    The on-off nature of the concession plans for the port of Piraeus has become something of a joke since the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras and his coalition party took office In January. 27 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Don't downplay trust issues

    COMMENT: The OECD recently published a report with a global outlook on freight transport - the Freight Outlook 2015 - including a forecast for the volumes handled by ports in various regions of the world, but can it be trusted, asks Peter de Langen. 03 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy

  • A public-public partnership?

    COMMENT: Irony of ironies, in among the host of bidders whose names appear in conjunction with the privatisation of the Mombasa container terminal is Transnet, the government body responsible for the management and operation of South Africa’s ports, writes Mike Mundy. 03 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Transhipment opportunity

    COMMENT: Not all container transhipment takes place at the mega hubs such as Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas, Busan, Algeciras, Malta Freeport and so on. It can also take place as a healthy adjunct to gateway port operations – import and export activity – unless of course bureaucracy gets in the way. 03 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Cruise not so detached from cargo

    COMMENT: The cold weather here in New York of late drove me down to Florida for some warmth, where I was fortunate enough to attend a conference on the cruise busines, writes Barry Parker. 03 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Drumming up public support

    Public Strategy Group's Al Maiorino explains the importance of getting early public support for port projects 03 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Keeping chillers in check

    TT Club's Laurence Jones explains how ports can play their part in reducing global starvation 03 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Limits of economies of scale

    COMMENT: We have long believed that economies of scale are the saviour of the maritime industry, for all sectors ranging from terminals and bulk, to tankers and containerships. But in the last few months we have begun to hear opinions suggesting that containerships have reached their maximum size. So, wherein lies the future, asks Ben Hackett. 03 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Fight for survival

    So the US West Coast labour hullabaloo is finally over. It took Obama’s loan of US secretary of labour Thomas Perez to help broker a deal after a federal mediator failed to find common ground between the two sides. Perez’s imposition of a deal deadline saw both sides jump to attention; the alternative was a trip to Washington to sort out the mess. 25 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Cosco ordered to pay back Piraeus EU aid

    COMMENT: Just as Piraeus concessionaire Cosco re-found its favour with the new Greek authorities, the fraught relationship is under pressure yet again, this time by European Commission interjections, writes Carly Fields. 25 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy

  • All change in the eurozone

    COMMENT: A change of fiscal strategy for the Eurozone began with the Swiss de-coupling from the Euro, followed by the injection of €60bn a month for up to 18 months into the Eurozone economies and the change of government in Greece, writes Ben Hackett. 20 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy

  • A proposition with handcuffs

    COMMENT: The Dock Workers Union, the union which represents the majority of workers at the port of Mombasa, Kenya, has stated that it now supports the idea of offering a concession to the private sector for the new 450,000 teu container terminal under development, but only if this first phase development focuses on transhipment traffic. 18 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy

  • The future is the past

    COMMENT: do you think it is a wise strategy to curtail talks with a group of influential investors by announcing it to the media, asks Mike Mundy. 16 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy

  • A matter of definition

    Aecom’s Rodrigo Castilho, Krystle McBride, Mark Sisson explain why capacity is never black and white 13 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Joining the US infrastructure dots

    COMMENT: Sometimes policy disconnects need to be highlighted. At one extreme, the US West Coast docks have been near paralysed by an emerging infrastructure collapse, with the widely publicised labour difficulties bringing ports to their knees, writes Barry Parker. 11 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy

  • Pricing of transhipment by port authorities

    COMMENT: How can pricing structures in ports be best explained; are they based on a specific historical trajectory in each port, or based on economic logic, asks Peter de Langen. 09 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy