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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Real concession reform?
COMMENT: India has released details of a proposed new model concession agreement which is designed to reform its terminal bidding process and attract more private sector investment. 30 Oct 2016 - Port Strategy
Heavy turbulence
COMMENT: The best guestimate is that there are up to half a million containers in ‘nowhere land’ thanks to the collapse of Hanjin Shipping. Not all of the containers are on ships either; many are inland. 03 Oct 2016 - Port Strategy
Box or bust
COMMENT: Industry analyst Alphaliner has come up with the stunning statistic that global container traffic will grow by just 0.3% this year, the second slowest growth rate since 2009 when volume shrank by -8.3% following the global financial crisis. 05 Sep 2016 - Port Strategy
Brexit: not over yet
DID the UK referendum on Brexit – Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union - settle the issue of the UK remaining in the EU once and for all? Theoretically, yes as once Article 50 has been activated by the UK Parliament that will be the starting point for negotiations for Britain’s exit from the EU. But in reality the Referendum vote, which saw 52% of the voting public vote ‘Leave’ versus 48% ‘Remain’, generates more questions than answers. 03 Aug 2016 - Port Strategy
No ‘strings’ please
COMMENT: This column has mentioned before the contradiction in terms associated with port and terminal privatisations where government wants to ‘keep a finger in the pie.’ 27 May 2016 - Port Strategy
Taking West Africa in
COMMENT: Dynamar’s latest container trade report on the West Africa Container Trades highlights the trends of increasing ship sizes and the recent fall in the number of carriers active in the West African trade lane, which has led to a reduction in the number of vessels deployed and in services, writes Mike Mundy 15 Apr 2016 - Port Strategy
Not Melbourne’s finest hour
“It is the delicate alignment of public and private interests that determines the structure of port management and port development policy,” emphasises the World Bank Port Reform Tool Kit when looking at port management structures. 08 Apr 2016 - Port Strategy
Big future ahead
It’s not often the terminal operating sector is presented with the opportunity to acquire a brand new terminal operating site, where all the hard work has been done in terms of infrastructure development, and which is basically ready to commence operations on takeover. 28 Feb 2016 - Port Strategy
Mombasa: process versus vested interest?
The completion of the first phase of the second container terminal in Mombasa, a new deep-water facility, is imminent. At the beginning of 2015 there were a lot of statements to the effect that the terminal would be open early for business – some suggested March 2015. 27 Jan 2016 - Port Strategy
ECSA under the microscope
A new review of the port system along the East Coast of South America sees it continued maturation. 03 Nov 2015 - Port Strategy