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    DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR?

    2021-09-07T23:15:00Z

    Political statements made in Barbados suggest a main Caribbean transshipment role for Barbados but market realities suggest otherwise.

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    PREPARE THE PUBLIC RELATIONS ENGINE

    2021-09-01T18:30:00Z

    COMMENT: The shelves are beginning to look a bit thin in my local supermarket – at times products are spaced out to make the shelves look busier, writes Mike Mundy.

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    MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES… …The Shipping Bubble is Bound to Burst

    2021-09-01T18:20:00Z

    COMMENT: An unprecedented increase in shipping profi tability has generated a newbuilding bubble that ports may not be prepared for, writes Ben Hackett.

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    VACCINE DISTRIBUTION BUILDS BRIGHT SPOTS

    2021-09-01T17:59:00Z

    COMMENT: Amidst a continuing flow of bad news about COVID-19 in the maritime business, with mariners stuck aboard vessels, bright spots have emerged along the East, West and Gulf coasts, in the U.S. ports, writes Barry Parker.

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    THE VOLUME: REVENUE RELATIONSHIP

    2021-09-01T14:15:00Z

    COMMENT: One might think that the revenues of port development companies (PDCs) are primarily driven by the volumes handled in the port, writes Peter de Langen.

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    Monopolies and Common Sense

    2021-09-01T13:31:00Z

    COMMENT: The situation in Montevideo, Uruguay is interesting and is one that is a regular issue raised elsewhere, writes Mike Mundy.

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    Fundamental port sector change

    2021-07-26T17:47:00Z

    COMMENT: How many times has it been said? Will it hurt to say it again? OK then, lets just ‘put it out there’ – COVID-19 continues to test us all, writes Mike Mundy.

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    DARWIN’S CHINA OWNERSHIP UNDER REVIEW

    2021-07-25T19:44:00Z

    The port of Darwin, Northern Territories, Australia has been sucked into the ongoing dispute between China and Australia.

  • Port of Rotterdam
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    SMARTER SCIENCE-BASED EMISSION TARGETS

    2021-07-13T18:08:00Z

    COMMENT: With the G7 having finished building sandcastles in Cornwall, UK and the world jetting into Glasgow for COP26 on the November horizon, the media is awash with talk of climate change and the incredible challenge ahead, writes Charles Haine.

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    HOME DEPOT TAKES TO THE WATER

    2021-07-03T22:00:00Z

    COMMENT: The debate in Washington, D.C. over “infrastructure”- however you define it, is continuing, writes Barry Parker.

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    GLOBALISATION AND SUPPLY CHAIN REMAIN AT RISK

    2021-07-03T21:58:00Z

    COMMENT: Ports struggle with congestions, carriers with lack of capacity and countries with more COVID-19. The pressure is not letting up, writes Ben Hackett.

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    LIVESTOCK REFORMS MOOTED

    2021-07-03T21:45:00Z

    COMMENT: Anyone who has had the dubious pleasure of standing downwind of a livestock carrier in port will surely empathise with the growing calls for greater scrutiny and regulation of this trade, writes Mike Mundy.

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    THE UNEVEN COMMERCIAL POWER RELATIONSHIP

    2021-07-03T21:19:00Z

    COMMENT: For all the right reasons, a lot of attention among port developers, policy makers and regulators is focused on the competition in the terminal and shipping markets and risks of the emergence of dominant positions, for instance due to vertical integration, writes Peter de Langen.

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    NEW PORT PERFORMANCE INDEX - GOOD TRY BUT WRONG

    2021-06-22T17:36:00Z

    COMMENT: The World Bank and IHS/Markit Container Port Performance Index is well off the mark and does not reflect reality, writes Ben Hackett.

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    COLLABORATION NOT CONFRONTATION

    2021-06-22T17:33:00Z

    COMMENT: Do you get the impression that labour unions as currently formatted in the ports sector are more backward than forward thinking? writes Mike Mundy.

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    NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL

    2021-06-22T17:19:00Z

    COMMENT: USA infrastructure has endured yet another crisis, with the outage of the Colonial Pipeline, a major artery for moving refined products from refineries (in the US Gulf Coast) to consumers in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic, writes Barry Parker.

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    EMERGING GLOBAL MARKET FOR STORING AND UTILISING CARBON

    2021-06-22T17:14:00Z

    COMMENT: A stream of recent announcements suggests that a global market for storing and utilising carbon is emerging, writes Peter de Langen.

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    Cyber Security: The Road to Resilience

    2021-06-22T16:40:00Z

    COMMENT: The International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) and the World Bank have brought to our attention that many digital developments in the ports sector have been designed and deployed without even considering cyber security, writes Mike Mundy.

  • Port of Valencia
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    VALENCIA: BALANCE SECURED

    2021-06-18T19:05:00Z

    New container terminal development in Valencia appears to have struck the right balance in a challenging environmental situation.

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    PORT BRAGGING RIGHTS

    2021-05-24T09:01:00Z

    Well, truth be told, for a while I stopped writing about “Infrastructure” bills from Washington, DC after an almost handful of failed efforts. This time, it may be different, but I am not holding my breath, writes Barry Parker.