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False bravado
COMMENT: There seems to be a groundswell of opinion that 2017 will be the year that ports start getting bolshie with shipping lines. The year that they start saying ‘no’ to the unrealistic demands being made of them. The year that they find their voice in discussions with alliances. Prophetic or wishful thinking? In my view, it’s definitely the latter, writes Carly Fields. 03 Feb 2017 - Port Strategy
Lost in the melee
COMMENT: With the posturing and the politicking done, the real job of running the United States of America now looms large ahead of president-elect Donald Trump. He and his carefully assembled team hold the fate of US infrastructure development, including ports and supporting modes, in their hands, writes Carly Fields. 29 Nov 2016 - Port Strategy
A little mercy
COMMENT: I’m going to hijack this Viewpoint for something not strictly related to ports. That said, the topic does involve a ship, which does dock at ports in Africa, so I’ll make that my tenuous link, writes Carly Fields. 30 Oct 2016 - Port Strategy
Nowhere to hide
COMMENT: Pundits have been saying for years that container lines need to merge or bow out to bring the box trade back to some semblance of normality. Hapag-Lloyd and UASC took note with a merger deal, while CMA CGM swallowed up NOL along with its sizable debts. 03 Oct 2016 - Port Strategy
Hands off
COMMENT: Come on, admit it, who hasn’t had their interest piqued by the driverless units being proudly paraded by a growing number of companies? For me, the whole thing has that special science-fiction edge that’s just too hard to ignore, writes Carly Fields. 25 Aug 2016 - Port Strategy
Slow burner
After nearly ten years of speculation on its global impact, the world finally has an expanded Panama Canal. 03 Aug 2016 - Port Strategy
Private concerns
COMMENT: I’m going to resist the urge to write about container weighing or the catchily named verified gross mass requirements of the incoming SOLAS amendments, writes Carly Fields. 27 May 2016 - Port Strategy
Take responsibility
The countdown clock is tick, tick, ticking down for terminals to take their stance on container weighing. Before we collectively stifle a yawn - this has been on the radar for at least two years, no matter how many complain of its 'last minuteness' - terminals really need to get their act together. 24 Apr 2016 - Port Strategy
Second time lucky
And so the merry-go-round continues: Deutsche Bank is offloading its container terminal at the Port of New York and New Jersey to another infrastructure-focused business, namely Macquarie. 24 Apr 2016 - Port Strategy
Stop the spin
COMMENT: I’ve tried to avoid being dragged into the Brexit – will the ‘British exit’ the European Union – debate for two reasons: it’s a parochial topic that I’m sure the rest of the world couldn’t care less about and the whole issue is broadly dominated by spin, pitting politicians against each other, which is tedious to say the least, writes Carly Fields. 02 Apr 2016 - Port Strategy
Take the blinkers off
Too many variables in an industry powered by direct negotiation and awash with commercial sensitivities; they’re the main arguments defining why an independent online booking app would not work for ports. 16 Mar 2016 - Port Strategy
Groundhog day
Third time’s a charm? Not for the European Port Services Regulation. For 15 years, the European Commission has been trying to regulate the bloc’s port industry, with no success. 28 Jan 2016 - Port Strategy
All-rounder regulations
COMMENT: Ballast water isn’t the sexiest thing to talk about in shipping, writes Carly Fields. 03 Nov 2015 - Port Strategy
Getting the message out
COMMENT: Our innate ability to overtly promote ourselves as an industry means that we are failing to get the message out about the significance and the excitement of ports. We need some fresh thinking, writes Carly Fields. 10 Oct 2015 - Port Strategy
In a bubble
COMMENT: China's having a tough time of it. While its economic slowdown is old news - shipping markets have had over a year to adjust to falling demand from the Asian juggernaut – its ports are now under scrutiny, writes Carly Fields. 07 Sep 2015 - Port Strategy
Smartening up
COMMENT: A new buzzword is tunnelling through the industry: smart. But it means very different things to different people. An interesting discussion in our LinkedIn group revealed just how diverse people’s interpretation of this simple word can be, writes Carly Fields. 27 Jul 2015 - Port Strategy
Sound the trumpet
COMMENT: There’s nothing like a bit of pressure to really push boundaries. In the case of APM Terminals, most of that pressure is of its own making when it comes to its Maasvlakte II terminal, writes Carly Fields. 29 May 2015 - Port Strategy
Out of sight
COMMENT: Statisticians claim that a ship arrives or departs Singapore every two to three minutes. Normally, you need to take statistics of that ilk with a pinch of salt and ask what a port authority might stand to gain from artificially inflating that figure. 27 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy
Fight for survival
So the US West Coast labour hullabaloo is finally over. It took Obama’s loan of US secretary of labour Thomas Perez to help broker a deal after a federal mediator failed to find common ground between the two sides. Perez’s imposition of a deal deadline saw both sides jump to attention; the alternative was a trip to Washington to sort out the mess. 25 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy
Cosco ordered to pay back Piraeus EU aid
COMMENT: Just as Piraeus concessionaire Cosco re-found its favour with the new Greek authorities, the fraught relationship is under pressure yet again, this time by European Commission interjections, writes Carly Fields. 25 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy