The Strategist

  • PREPARE THE PUBLIC RELATIONS ENGINE

    2021-09-01T18:30:00+01:00

    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.

  • LIVESTOCK REFORMS MOOTED

    2021-07-03T21:45:00+01:00

    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.

  • COLLABORATION NOT CONFRONTATION

    2021-06-22T17:33:00+01:00

    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.

  • DON’T FORGET THE LITTLE GUYS

    2021-05-14T23:51:00+01:00

    With a lot of port sector engagement with the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ (digitalisation) and advanced strategies to achieve zero emissions being deployed, it is quite easy to forget that there are those ports who have not yet got their heads round the basics on either front, writes Mike Mundy.

  • BEHOLD AN ERA OF INNOVATION IS UNDERWAY

    2021-04-16T15:20:00+01:00

    COMMENT: The container was probably the last mega innovation in the world of ports and shipping, writes Mike Mundy.

  • AUSTRALIA – CHINA COAL SLIP INEVITABLE

    2021-03-18T16:55:00+00:00

    COMMENT: Tensions between China and Australia continue and appear to be progressively negatively impacting trading arrangements, writes Mike Mundy.

  • Barbados Port

    NO TO EASY GATES TO GO THROUGH

    2021-03-01T10:07:00+00:00

    COMMENT: It is interesting to note that the latest UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport highlights what it sees as the plight of small island states (SIDS), buffeted under the impact of the pandemic and subject to regular shocks as a result of climate change. writes Mike Mundy.

  • “WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?”

    2020-12-19T19:34:00+00:00

    COMMENT: The spectre of Brexit has somewhat dropped off the radar with the massive focus on COVID-19. It does not mean, however, that Brexit has gone away, writes Mike Mundy.

  • MELBOURNE PORT RENTS: LESSONS TO LEARN

    2020-11-12T14:16:00+00:00

    COMMENT: The topic of port rents is an interesting one – a subject that does not always get a public airing due to the confidential nature of concession and other lease/rental agreements, writes Mike Mundy.

  • KEEPING IT SIMPLE IN A COMPLICATED WORLD

    2020-10-14T12:08:00+01:00

    COMMENT: The bedrock of any port’s efficient operations is a strong working relationship between a port authority and its private sector tenants, particularly terminal operators, writes Mike Mundy.

  • NOUAKCHOTT PRIVATE DEAL PAIN

    2020-09-18T11:29:00+01:00

    COMMENT: The saga at the port of Nouakchott, Mauritania, continues, underlining the point made in the last of issue of PS that negotiated port deals, as opposed to the letting of terminals via public tender, are inherently risky and do little for the public good, writes Mike Mundy.

  • BANANA: OUT OF BALANCE?

    2020-07-26T18:44:00+01:00

    COMMENT: Dubai Port World’s (DPW) Banana project, aimed at establishing a deep-water container terminal near the mouth of the Congo River, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), continues to prove to be a slippery road, writes Mike Mundy.

  • ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IMPETUS

    2020-06-19T22:48:00+01:00

    COMMENT: Even before the coronavirus pandemic reared its head global supply chains were heading down an increasingly digital route but COVID-19 has provided added impetus, writes Mike Mundy.

  • THAT ‘C’ WORD AGAIN AND WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT?

    2020-04-28T01:47:00+01:00

    COMMENT: I hate to mention the C word – coronavirus – (again) but it does prompt thinking about what happens post the virus?, writes Mike Mundy.

  • Coronavirus: making it go away!

    2020-03-20T16:56:00+00:00

    COMMENT: If ever there is a strategy needed, it is a well thought out one to minimise the impact of the coronavirus, writes Mike Mundy.