RSS Feed RSS Icon

Post Script

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
Puerto Bahia up for sale
The next major phase of expansion of unit load traffic in the hub port of Cartagena will be at Puerto Bahia, the new dry cargo port. And the burning issue of the moment is which terminal operating company will oversee the forecast expansion. 10 Oct 2015 - Port Strategy
Mombasa operator hiatus
COMMENT: It was originally scheduled to be announced in July but now informed sources indicate the name of the new Mombasa container terminal operator will be announced in late September/early October. 07 Sep 2015 - Port Strategy
Has Gdynia missed the boat?
Traditionally Gdynia has been Poland’s main container import/export gateway but slowly and surely this status has been eroded and the recent announcement by the G6 alliance that it intends to implement calls at the Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk can be seen as another way step in this process. 27 Jul 2015 - Port Strategy
Playground of the alliances
COMMENT: Over the past twelve months the container business has been turned on its head with shifting alliances, the arrival of the mega-ships and an ordering spree with enough capacity to make a grown man cry. 29 May 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