Insight and Opinion

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    Food Challenges – IAPH Initiative – Opportunities – Building to a Higher Level

    2022-05-31T13:03:00Z

    The recent UNCTAD so-called rapid assessment report on the war in Ukraine highlights concerns over the two fundamental “Fs” of commodity markets – food and fuels.

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    EURO’ BOX TRADES ASSESSED*

    2022-05-31T12:56:00Z

    During the last two decades, there has been a steady shift regarding European container trade partners from the West (North America) to the East (Asia). The results of a new study from Royal HaskoningDHV,The Future of European Container Trade,show that this trend is likely to continue over the next two decades. Overall, European container trade is expected to grow by 2.8% per year (CAGR) between 2020 and 2040. However, the various European trade lanes are expected to show significantly different growth trends.

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    SANTOS: TO HUB OR NOT TO HUB?

    2022-05-31T08:58:00Z

    Does the port of Santos, Brazil have what it takes to achieve major hub status? An interesting question in itself but all the more interesting as it is an issue that has a major bearing on the forthcoming off er of a new concession, STS10, for container handling as well as on the planned privatisation of the port management body.

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    GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS: TAKE YOUR PICK

    2022-05-31T08:54:00Z

    Recession is in the news but there is no consensus as to when this might occur. The good times may be over before they really took hold.

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    PORT CLUSTERS: THE SOHAR ‘BREAKAWAY PROJECT’ GREEN INITIATIVE

    2022-05-31T08:49:00Z

    Scholars looking into clusters in general, and port clusters specifically, have come to understand that the development of such clusters is a path dependent process, in the sense that past developments in ports aff ect the future development path of these ports. Sohar’s industrial port complex has been mainly built around the availability of relatively cheap gas.

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    THE BIG D’S AND THE WIND OF CHANGE

    2022-05-31T08:44:00Z

    In the realm of deepsea shipping, where I spend a lot of time, the big items are “digitalisation” and “decarbonisation”.

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    UKRAINE CRISIS: GLOBAL CHAOS

    2022-04-30T15:14:00Z

    Initial uncertainty was focused on the impact of Russian threats on the Ukraine, we can now see that the realisation of these have far-reaching global impacts. Andrew Penfold identifies the critical factors

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    DPW-P&O FERRIES: WHAT CODE OF ETHICS?

    2022-04-30T13:58:00Z

    DP World, owner of P&O Ferries, has gone to the trouble of publishing an eight-page document on its Code of Ethics, the openings words of which state: “DP World’s intention is to create a culture of honesty and openness…”

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    THE COLD WAR IS BACK, A NEW NORMAL LOOMS

    2022-04-30T13:51:00Z

    Congestion and supply chain problems continue to be with us and now the Ukraine war has caused a thick fog over our industry.

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    POLITICAL PRESSURES SET TO CHANGE TRADE HORIZONS

    2022-04-30T13:41:00Z

    All of a sudden (or at least so it seems) gone is the conviction that free trade is a ‘win-win’ solution that will make all countries (and their people) better-off.

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    NO TO REGULATION BUT YES TO DATA COORDINATION INITIATIVE FROM FMC

    2022-04-30T13:32:00Z

    By the time that this column appears, the situation in Ukraine could have stabilised, or gotten much worse; it’s impossible to forecast.

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    Negatives and positives

    2022-04-30T13:23:00Z

    I make no apology for returning to the starting point of my last Viewpoint – Ukraine.

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    FIGHTING TO SURVIVE

    2022-04-30T13:20:00Z

    Oleksandr Gavrylyuk, Port Strategy’s Ukraine based correspondent, provides a human perspective of life in the face of Russian aggression

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    “WAR IS THE UNFOLDING OF MISCALCULATIONS(1)”

    2022-03-31T15:18:00Z

    There is only one place to go in this column this month – Ukraine.

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    WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM STATISTICS

    2022-03-31T15:02:00Z

    Are politicians misleading us as to how strong economic recovery has been in 2021 or should we trust them?

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    THE DIMINISHING ROLE OF FORWARDERS IN PORT SELECTION

    2022-03-31T14:54:00Z

    Maersk Line confirmed at the presentation of its 2021 annual results that it is focused on building long-term relationships with shippers.

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    CARGO SHIPPERS’ PORT SELECTION: CHOICES AND CORRIDORS

    2022-03-31T13:57:00Z

    Who can planners believe- when they are looking beyond the short-term issues (and we have more than a few of those swirling around “On The Waterfront” locally)?

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    BIDEN GRANTS WELCOME BUT…

    2022-03-31T13:37:00Z

    So-called ‘Biden grants’ aim to raise the performance of US supply chains. They are a positive step but is there linked up thinking involved and when will their impact be felt?

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    UKRAINE CRISIS – THE FALLOUT

    2022-03-09T08:21:00Z

    Maritime sector fallout from the Ukraine crisis promises to be multi-faceted and large scale. Andrew Penfold analyses the situation

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    Hard facts win the war against more and more myths

    2022-03-01T12:21:00Z

    Let’s talk myths.