Post Script – Page 5

  • Outdated: Durres is in urgent need of modernisation. Credit: Claudio Napoli

    Missed opportunity


    Picture this if you will: you have no experience in the container handling business but assisted by the fact that you have a strategic partner, who does know the business, you win a small but interesting container terminal concession.

  • Flighty: Tanzania port woes continues.  Credit: Free Grunge Textures,

    Dar saga plays on


    The saga of the construction of berths 13 and 14 at Dar es Saalam port – the berths intended to provide much needed new container capacity – continues.

  • HMM in happier days at the Port of Tacoma; now the operator is looking to sell off terminal investments

    Dealing with the fallout


    However you add it up the container shipping industry is experiencing turbulent times.

  • Is Rijeka putting too much emphasis on size over substance? Credit: Gorgoroth

    Too much, too soon for Rijeka


    One of the cardinal sins in the introduction of new port capacity is to deliver it before it is required. All the more so, if government has previously encouraged foreign direct investment into the same sector and it is clear that this has delivered adequate capacity for the long term.

  • Serious questions need to be answered about the P3 alliance. Credit: Virginia Dept of Transportation

    More questions than answers


    The proposed P3 alliance between Maersk, MSC and CMA-CGM raises more questions than it answers.

  • APM Terminals has put a great deal of investment into Apapa

    Unfinished business


    Seven years on from port privatisation in Nigeria port congestion remains a significant problem and is the focus of growing attention.

  • TPA overhaul will benefit Dar es Salaam

    Tanzania shake-up


    A shake-up is underway at the Tanzania Ports Authority as part of broad-based efforts to improve port efficiency.

  • Automation is the way of the future. Credit: Koen Brouwer

    Brains not brawn


    The 21st century will progressively see the deployment of a port labour force that uses its head rather than its muscle power.

  • The container terminal concession at Durres is proving unconventional. Credit: Claudio Napoli

    Durres debacle


    Effectively loading the result of an open tender is never a good path to realising a positive outcome for a container terminal concession, especially when the concession is awarded to a company that is a non-port operating company.

  • Will Melbourne experiment with its concessioning ingredients?

    A touch of spice down under


    The Port of Melbourne Corp has published the names of the four parties short-listed for “the right to operate the third international container terminal at the Port of Melbourne".

  • The Chinese President has sealed Tanzania's Bagamoyo project

    In ascendancy


    Tanzania has laid down its claim for a future large slice of regional trade through a deal with China to build the new port of Bagamoyo in its Mbegani area, north west of Dar es Salaam, at a total cost of $10bn.

  • Having seconds is a port authority's prerogative

    Second helpings on terminal concessions


    Name a port that won’t eventually go for a second container terminal operator. You might think Port of Singapore but you would be wrong: included within PSA''s operating arrangements are certain dedicated container terminals for shipping lines.

  • Should governments be able exclude port operators based solely on nationality? Credit: Katie Tegtmeyer

    Power plays?


    Is it relevant for geo-political aspects to intrude into port deals?

  • Mombasa needs to look to the future to meet projected demand

    Mombasa musings


    Late last year saw President Kibaki preside over the ground breaking ceremony for the Port of Mombasa’s second container terminal. While the event marked progress, it is very slow progress indeed.

  • India needs to re-think its investor 'attractiveness'

    Call for common sense


    For a country that wishes to attract investors from a market sector that in practical terms has only a limited number of players with the resource and will to undertake major container terminal developments some might say that India’s approach to delivering efficient and timely concessions needs a major overhaul.

  • Andy Sandford, editor of Engineering Capacity

    Failing to succeed


    Have you ever been responsible for any noteworthy failures in your business career? No, me neither, but apparently it happens.

  • Container capacity in the Mediterranean can be hard to define. Credit Nasa

    Mediterranean musings


    Determining prospects for Mediterranean container demand and capacity can be a sticky business. Covering cultures as diverse as the Black Sea and North Africa, and Greece and Turkey, it can be a challenge to join the container capacity dots.

  • TThe Yemen and DP World have severed their container ties

    DPW's Aden arrangement ends in divorce


    So the marriage is over – DP World is exiting its container operations in the Yemen seemingly by agreement with the new post-revolutionary government, receiving $27m for its 50% stake in the Yemen container terminal.

  • Who will win the hub port race in Africa? Credit: Jonas B

    The transhipment race


    Have you noticed the debate in the on-line Global Ports Forum about who will become the main container terminals in East and West Africa? We have, and have taken it upon ourselves to score some of the suggestions.

  • Is an IPO or a direct sale in the offing for the Swiss shipping line's terminal assets? Credit: Alf van Beem

    Fact or fiction


    Is Mediterranean Shipping Company offering for sale part of its global portfolio of container terminals or is it planning to spin off its terminal division in an initial public offering in Singapore?