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.
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.
COMMENT: A stream of recent announcements suggests that a global market for storing and utilising carbon is emerging, writes Peter de Langen.
Drug crime has been present in ports for centuries and is unlikely to ever go away, writes Peter de Langen.
COMMENT: Maritime freight flows are the result of past supply chain design choices - if companies design global supply chains this results in global freight flows, writes Peter de Langen.
COMMENT: On goes the wave of mergers of port development companies, this time between the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge, writes Peter de Langen.
COMMENT: The French Haropa ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris are steadily implementing the full merger announced over two years ago and the final step should be ready in June of this year, writes Peter de Langen.
COMMENT: Over the past couple of years, sailing cargo ships have made a bit of a comeback, writes Peter de Langen.
COMMENT: E-commerce had been growing impressively before COVID-19, with growth rates as much as 10 times higher than the growth of sales of physical stores, writes Peter de Langen.
COMMENT: While we may associate the circular economy with more local value chains, a recent initiative from Malaga shows that this is not necessarily the case, writes Peter de Langen.
COMMENT: The UK, after claiming that the EU had been holding back the development of UK’s ports, launched a UK Freeports initiative as a major instrument to shape the UK’s economic development post-Brexit, writes Peter de Langen.
COMMENT: The news from end of May 2020 that HHLA (Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG) and Eurogate are holding discussions on cooperating in the container segment in northern Germany, may well mark a turning point in the German Hanseatic port development tradition, writes Peter de Langen.
COMMENT: The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to lead to increased state involvement in the transport industry; for airlines it has already begun, writes Peter de Langen.
COMMENT: The Coronavirus clearly is having a huge global impact, most importantly through affecting the health of millions of people and the loss of human lives, writes Peter de Langen.
COMMENT: In this column, I am venturing into an area I have little expertise in (and as a disclaimer: no personal stake); the evolution of stock prices of terminal operators in the COVID-19 pandemia, writes Peter de Langen.