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  • Tales of two ports

    Two tales from UK ports make interesting reading this month. In the West, Bristol Port Company (BPC) offered £10m to the local council to buy the freehold to the docks at Avonmouth and Portbury. The company bought the leasehold in 1991 under a 150-year lease. 16 Apr 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Firm commitment

    The highs and lows of port planning have been acutely felt on the US east coast this month. 12 Mar 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Blanket bans

    Getting greens onside is one of life’s great battles for ports looking to expand. Some tackle environmentalists head on, preferring a fight to flight. Others bring them into every conversation to prove there’s nothing to hide. 19 Feb 2014 - Port Strategy

  • Patched into cyber risks

    Since the rushed introduction of the International Ship and Port Facility Code back in 2004, ports have had a dogged focus on security of their facilities. Miles of perimeter fencing has been erected, tens of thousands of security plans have been put in place and countless port security officers have been appointed. 02 Jan 2014 - Port Strategy

  • No guarantees on post-expansion traffic

    The sense of excitement on the US East Coast around the seemingly limitless benefits of the expansion of the Panama Canal is palpable. Ports from Miami to Boston are riding the post-expansion train, and dishing out a great deal of hyperbole as to why they will get the diverted West Coast traffic that they believe will inevitably switch sides after 2015. 20 Nov 2013 - Port Strategy

  • The print run on port demand

    At various points this year you may have glimpsed a headline, or overhead a conversation in a bar about 3d printing that momentarily piqued your interest, but by the time you got home you’d forgotten all about following up to find out more. 18 Oct 2013 - Port Strategy

  • Change afoot

    The ‘big four’ still dominate the annual container terminal operator rankings, but could they be living on borrowed time? 04 Sep 2013 - Port Strategy

  • Visual stimulation

    On a bleary and dank June morning in Rotterdam, taking a coach trip to the game-changing Maasvlakte II development seemed to be a good use of time. 01 Aug 2013 - Port Strategy

  • Dog with a port autonomy bone

    Never let it be said that the European Commission gives up on a fight: liberalisation proposals for ports in the trading bloc have resurfaced once again, undaunted by the backlashes to the previous incarnations in 2003 and 2006. 30 May 2013 - Port Strategy

  • Curtain call for Hong Kong drama

    There is a coups de théâtre being played out in Hong Kong. Hutchison’s Hongkong International Terminal has been an unwilling extra in a performance put on by its contracted dockers, who are now in their fifth week of strikes. 02 May 2013 - Port Strategy

  • Shrinking pool of port talent

    Successive years of hammering home the crewing ‘crisis’ message have firmly ingrained the matter on our minds: red alert, a dearth of qualified seafarers is about to bring the industry to its knees. However, that record has been re-played for at least the last two decades and the anticipated crisis has yet to materialise. 05 Apr 2013 - Port Strategy

  • Survival of the fittest

    It’s started. It was inevitable that the longer this financial blip continued the more chance there was of seeing business buyouts in the ports sector. And we can thank equipment companies for the start of what may well be a domino effect for the rest of the industry. 07 Mar 2013 - Port Strategy

  • Tunnel vision for another year

    We’ve welcomed in a new year, but as an industry we are facing the same set of problems; even a seasoned optimist like me is struggling to see any positives any time soon. 04 Feb 2013 - Port Strategy

  • Best laid plans

    Have long-winded and overly bureaucratic planning processes taken another victim in the maturing UK port industry? Fears are that a setback in Hutchison Port Holdings’ already lengthy Bathside Bay plans might send the international operator packing. 29 Nov 2012 - Port Strategy

  • Pressing the button on remote control

    As Navis’ Bill Walsh proudly proclaimed at Navis World last month, we are at automation two point zero. Announcements for Europe's first automated STS crane orders certainly back him up, but how long has it taken us to get here? 01 Nov 2012 - Port Strategy

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