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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
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
Trying times for transhipment
COMMENT: Who would set up a new container transhipment terminal nowadays, asks Mike Mundy. 22 Aug 2017 - Port Strategy
No to organised crime
COMMENT: Make no mistake, organised crime has a strong interest in gaining influence in port gateways and ports have to be vigilant in order to ensure that this does not happen, writes Mike Mundy. 02 Aug 2017 - Port Strategy
Spain’s second stab at reforms
COMMENT: Spain’s Council of Ministers has approved the content of what is intended to become the new national stowage law and is readying to pass it into law via a Royal Decree. It has not, however, arrived at this juncture without controversy, writes Mike Mundy. 03 Jun 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
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
Second can be better than first
COMMENT: The poor state of health of the container shipping sector has prompted a lot of speculation about the implications for the container terminal operating sector, writes Mike Mundy. 03 Feb 2017 - Port Strategy
South Korea’s turn
COMMENT: Now its South Korea’s turn for some political turbulence, writes Mike Mundy. 05 Dec 2016 - Port Strategy
The case of Bangladesh
COMMENT: Bangladesh is an interesting case study; it is a country where international trade is on the march but it is still a country without a deep-sea port, writes Mike Mundy. 30 Oct 2016 - Port Strategy
Will common sense prevail?
COMMENT: The port of Melbourne sale to the private sector has realised a whacking A$9.7bn (US$7.2bn), much more than anticipated, writes Mike Mundy. 03 Oct 2016 - Port Strategy
Politics or practicalities?
COMMENT: The current chief executive of the port of Melbourne, Nick Easy, was appointed to his post in February 2014 moving into this role from his former position as chief executive of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Service Board (MF&ESB) where, his CV states, “he was responsible for leading an organisation of 2,300 staff through a period of sector reform while it continued to deliver emergency services to the Victorian community and beyond”, writes Mike Mundy. 05 Sep 2016 - Port Strategy
Winners and losers scenario looms
Make no mistake the desperate state of the container shipping industry in terms of its ability to consistently make a profit is forcing fundamental changes, writes Mike Mundy. 03 Aug 2016 - Port Strategy
At the mercy of carriers
COMMENT: Ports and terminals are being forced into major infrastructure investments at the behest of carriers. The reason being that carriers are obsessed in achieving the maximum economies of scale possible, often without fully considering the consequences on themselves or the industry that services them, writes Ben Hackett. 27 May 2016 - Port Strategy
Consolidation the order of the day
COMMENT: They used to say when ‘America sneezes the world catches a cold’ but maybe nowadays this is a maxim that applies to China not the US, writes Mike Mundy. 27 May 2016 - Port Strategy
Big is not always beautiful
COMMENT: It is the understandable desire of many ports to transition from feeder port to main port status, writes Mike Mundy. 15 Apr 2016 - Port Strategy
Piraeus saga: to be continued?
COMMENT: The point was made in Port Strategy last month that the price paid by COSCO for the port of Piraeus, taking into account investment commitments as well, was a rich one – one that perhaps only a sovereign state-owned company would make, writes Mike Mundy. 28 Feb 2016 - Port Strategy
Cosco's Piraeus bid defies market realities
It is no surprise to Port Strategy that there was only one bidder for the Port of Piraeus concession and that in the end, after a request to up its bid, the sole bidder, COSCO, was awarded the whole port concession. However, the price that COSCO was prepared to pay for it is a surprise to PS. 27 Jan 2016 - Port Strategy
Don’t go it alone
It is easy to forget that for non-port people understanding a port business can seem to be somewhat of a jigsaw puzzle. 03 Nov 2015 - Port Strategy
What price Piraeus port sale?
COMMENT: Husnu Ozyegin, president of Fiba Holding, has done it again. Fiba is the owner of a 65% stake in Turkish container terminal Kumport and Ozyegin and has confirmed the sale of the Fiba group’s shareholding for a reported $940m, writes Mike Mundy. 10 Oct 2015 - Port Strategy