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Controlling cranes from afar is catching on

Controlling cranes from afar is catching on

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
Reform hiatus
COMMENT: In mid-March, Spain’s Parliament rejected voting into law the port labour reforms that are necessary to meet European Commission requirements. In effect, Spain, for the time being at least, remains out of step with the majority of EU countries. 03 Apr 2017 - Port Strategy
Grabbing the Brexit opportunity
The BPA’s Richard Ballantyne discusses potential opportunities for British ports to flourish post-Brexit 03 Apr 2017 - Port Strategy
Two extremes
COMMENT: It turns out that 2016 wasn’t such a bad year for the larger container terminal operators, despite the shroud of negativity caused by civil upset and political unrest, often intertwined, writes Carly Fields. 03 Apr 2017 - Port Strategy
A question of branding
COMMENT: Walking around a large cruise shipping expo in Florida - where I escaped yet another New York snowstorm - I found representatives of an industrial port in Brazil, São Sebastião, emphasising its blue water, lush surroundings and its proximity to São Paulo as its key notes to attracting cruise lines, writes Barry Parker. 03 Apr 2017 - Port Strategy
The value of connectivity
COMMENT: Ports create value for port users and thus also for society at large because they enable connections between consumers in the hinterland and producers overseas, and vice versa, writes Peter de Langen. 03 Apr 2017 - Port Strategy
Tax and tribulations
COMMENT: There is a lot of speculation about President Trump's Border Adjustment Tax (BAT), but little consensus on what it means, writes Ben Hackett. 03 Apr 2017 - Port Strategy
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