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  • The No 1 proponent of protectionism

    Comparatively recently, details of an opportunity were circulated relating to the development of a container gateway in the Crimean port of Sevastopol. 16 Apr 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Time to get to grip with reforms

    India’s 2013-14 GDP data will be released at the end of March and expectations are that it will be an even lower figure than the decade-low of 5% achieved at the end of March 2013. 26 Mar 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Holidays in Mogadishu

    It is a big step from the images presented by the 1993 movie Black Hawk Down to the idea of Mogadishu as a holiday resort. 05 Mar 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Prepare for the worst

    In the wake of the devastating effects of typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines, the debate has intensified as to the effects of global warming on tropical storms. 09 Jan 2014 - Port Strategy

  • World trade troubles stack up

    Like last year, the World Trade Organisation now expects trade volumes to grow only slightly faster than GDP in 2013: the slowing of trade volumes that was manifest in 2012 has therefore continued into 2013. Therein lays a primary cause of the current difficult circumstances of world shipping. 27 Nov 2013 - Port Strategy

  • An eye on rival trade pacts

    The inter-Asia container trades are booming – notably in South East Asia and in the north. 18 Sep 2013 - Port Strategy

  • ICTSI stuck in the middle

    Is it energy politics, gateway politics, is it following the lead of hardened business practice deployed in the Russian energy sector or simply the actions of a new port director? 08 Aug 2013 - Port Strategy

  • Open the door to dialogue

    Not for the first time a landlocked country in Africa is attempting to have a say in a remote port operation which functions as a major gateway for its import and export trade. 26 Jun 2013 - Port Strategy

  • Look out for tariff landmines

    Which way to jump – discount or no discount on port tariffs? The question is not as straightforward as it might seem. 24 Apr 2013 - Port Strategy

  • Playing concessioning soccer in Africa

    The political 'football' of privatised port operations in Mombasa is being kicked around again. 24 Apr 2013 - Port Strategy

  • Wising up to Dockwise's real worth

    Boskalis, the world’s largest dredging and marine services company, has secured its objective of acquiring Dockwise which operates the world’s largest heavy lift ships. 24 Apr 2013 - Port Strategy

  • Aim for evolution not revolution

    Re-engineering the role of a terminal after the departure of its principal client is no easy job. All the more so, when the terminal competed in a niche context in the competitive arena of Mediterranean container transhipment operations. 07 Feb 2013 - Port Strategy

  • Locking in funds Africa-style

    In August 2012 the Kenyan government opened a tender for the design and construction of the first three berths at the new port of Lamu, to be financed by the annual sale of 13bn shillings ($154.4m) of infrastructure bonds over five years. 02 Jan 2013 - Port Strategy

  • Shipping lines need greater discipline

    Give a big hand to the Boston Consulting group which has recently published a report that fairly and squarely lays many of the container shipping industry’s woes at its own door. 15 Nov 2012 - Port Strategy

  • Private sector finally welcome in Africa

    The acceptance of private sector participation in ports in Africa is gaining traction, and not before time. At least that's what a meeting of port minds in Nigeria would have us believe. 18 Oct 2012 - Port Strategy