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Controlling cranes from afar is catching on

Controlling cranes from afar is catching on

Preparing for the unexpected
COMMENT: Among US port professionals, the late summer of 2017 will be remembered not for the New York Yankees’ advancing to the baseball playoffs, but, rather for a series of hurricanes leading to both human suffering and business hardships, writes Barry Parker. 06 Nov 2017 - Port Strategy
Tales of the unexpected
COMMENT: In May 2016 a lease agreement was signed between Feadship, a leading builder of mega-yachts, and Port of Amsterdam (PoA). Yet, Amsterdam’s vision document, officially launched a year earlier in June 2015 did not mention mega-yachts as a potentially relevant market segment, writes Peter de Langen. 06 Nov 2017 - Port Strategy
PoM – fiddling while Rome burns
Mike Mundy asks why Melbourne is dragging its heels on embracing larger ships 06 Nov 2017 - Port Strategy
Growth potential
COMMENT: Annual container trade capacity is up 8%, but there are fewer services calling at East and Southern Africa (ESAF) box ports. These are among the key findings from a new report from consultant Dynamar. 06 Nov 2017 - Port Strategy
The lemmings are back
COMMENT: The shipping industry is an interesting one; it is one of the least concentrated industries around with far too many players in virtually all sectors, writes Ben Hackett.  06 Nov 2017 - Port Strategy
A case of fake reforms?
COMMENT: To the outside world it looks like Spain has complied with its obligation to reform its port system. But has it, or more to the point will it when the formal deliberations of employers and unions are complete, asks Mike Mundy. 12 Oct 2017 - Port Strategy
Lengthy path to success
COMMENT: This year saw positive news for the two large new port development projects in North West Europe: JadeWeserPort and London Gateway, writes Peter de Langen. 09 Oct 2017 - Port Strategy
An ear to the ground
COMMENT: A major news item during an uncharacteristically busy August was the announcement by A.P. Moller-Maersk that it would be de-accessioning its oil production business, in a deal worth $7.5bn including shares and debt, writes Barry Parker. 09 Oct 2017 - Port Strategy
Autonomy realities
COMMENT: The promise of autonomy in shipping is certainly getting pulses racing, if the patter from September’s London International Shipping Week (LISW) is anything to go by, writes Carly Fields. 09 Oct 2017 - Port Strategy
Position of authority
MVC’s Miles Vartan explains why AEO status can complement ISPS regulations in ports 09 Oct 2017 - Port Strategy
Carriers questionable logic
COMMENT: Liner shipping seems to function on the basis of a merry-go-round logic when it comes to economic rationale, writes Ben Hackett. 09 Oct 2017 - Port Strategy
Transhipment dice roll again
COMMENT: One of the consequences of the formation of the mega-alliances that has yet to work its way fully through is the relocation of transhipment volumes, writes Mike Mundy. 09 Oct 2017 - Port Strategy
Breaking ranks
COMMENT: The European Union-mandated liberalisation of Spain's port services, which generated a period of significant unrest in the sector earlier in the year, is progressively leaving in its wake a changed pattern of container handling along Spain’s Mediterranean coastline. 09 Oct 2017 - Port Strategy
Attractions of port property
COMMENT: For ports around the US, the news is good. With an economy that’s chugging along very nicely, volumes of imports are projected to reach record levels as transits and port calls of neo-panamax ships become commonplace, writes Barry Parker 22 Aug 2017 - Port Strategy
Why power isolation matters
TT Club’s Laurence Jones draws attention to a little understood danger in cargo handling facilities 22 Aug 2017 - Port Strategy
Making change count
Saab’s Nico Berx explains why managing change is essential for successful port innovation projects 22 Aug 2017 - Port Strategy
A stacked deck
COMMENT: The five-month long industrial relations conflict in Spain’s ports has ended, but has it ended in a satisfactory way? 22 Aug 2017 - Port Strategy
A pinch of salt needed
COMMENT: We live in a disrupted world where President Donald Trump in America is seemingly intent on destroying democracy and European Chief Negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier appears to only be able to offer a ‘take it or leave it’ stance when it comes to a so-called hard Brexit, writes Ben Hackett. 22 Aug 2017 - Port Strategy
Geopolitics and port development
COMMENT: Port development often has an important geopolitical dimension, writes Peter de Langen 22 Aug 2017 - Port Strategy
Sharing's caring
Olaf Merk explains why mutualising assets is a win-win for neighbouring terminals 22 Aug 2017 - Port Strategy