The Analyst – Page 3

  • The food hub aims to attract various food companies. Credit: Port of Rotterdam

    From fuel to food


    COMMENT: Rotterdam’s recent announcement that it is developing a 60-hectare ‘Food Hub’ at the entrance to Maasvlakte is interesting, both because of the concept and of the history of the site, writes Peter de Langen.

  • The unsociable working hours of ports could be revisited

    Meeting tomorrow’s labour demands


    COMMENT: Providing a series of training sessions for the European Transport Workers’ Federation allowed me and fellow members of the knowledge-dissemination platform to develop and discuss ideas on the future of labour in ports, writes Peter de Langen.

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    Circular space opportunities


    COMMENT: There is a clear transition towards a circular economy, where materials and components are reused or recycled at the end of their lifecycle, and this transition has important consequences for supply chains, ranging from the way products are designed to the business models of companies, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Is closing Kolding port in the public interest? Credit: Kolding Havn

    Bold move or shortsighted?


    COMMENT: At the end of 2018, the Danish municipality of Kolding, the owner of Port of Kolding and the landlord port development company, decided to shut down the commercial port with a transition period of 25 years. That deserves a WOW, writes Peter de Langen.

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    A rethink on container storage


    COMMENT: The recent announcement of a new container storage system, which according to the developers can triple terminal capacity, is interesting news, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Mega ships and alliances bring benefits as well as challenges. Credit: Frans Berkelaar, CC BY-ND 2.0

    Upside to container line alliances


    COMMENT: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is at it again, this time with a report that argues alliances between container shipping companies may have negative impacts on users and society at large, writes Peter de Langen.

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    Supporting open innovation and start-ups


    COMMENT: In October, Chile’s Valparaiso port enjoyed its time in the spotlight as host port of the American Association of Port Authorities’ annual convention, writes Peter de Langen.

  • The issue of ITTs is increasingly relevant for all ports with competing terminal operators and onward feeder or intermodal connections. Credit: Huskyherz/Pixabay/CC0

    Tidying up inter-terminal connections


    COMMENT: A study on better co-operation between terminals in Hong Kong by Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Management College has rightfully received industry attention of late, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Ports need to ask themselves if they are inclusive enough. Credit: 12019, CC0

    Real meaning of inclusivity in ports


    COMMENT: July saw a major development in Antwerp’s port, with the announcement of the start of a stakeholder-inclusive process to expand container capacity, writes Peter de Langen.

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    Ships and terminals through Amazon’s eyes


    COMMENT: Lately, there has been much talk about the entry of new disruptors into ocean shipping, with Amazon most frequently referenced, writes Peter de Langen.

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    We need more mavericks in ports


    COMMENT: In various previous columns I have argued that port development is often ‘emergent’ rather than planned, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Esbjerg's commitment to wind energy-related cargoes has prompted a certain amount of flexibility. Credit: Port of Esbjerg

    Flexibility key to wind ambitions


    COMMENT: This year’s Danish Port Days were held in Esbjerg, with the theme of ‘port transformations’ guiding a conference that included sessions where academics and industry leaders discussed management research issues worth exploring, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Public investment in dredging at Liverpool has been criticised. Credit: Andrew

    Who should pay for infrastructure?


    COMMENT: Who picks up the bill for infrastructure investments is a key issue in port development, writes Peter de Langen

  • Koper benefitted from shipper switches in expanding its hinterland. Credit: Kiss Tibor Noé

    Battle of hinterland expansion


    COMMENT: Many port development companies, including port authorities, develop commercial strategies which guide their commercial and investment activities. One common ambition in those strategies is the aim to expand the hinterland, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Brooklyn's Red Hook terminal might finally be on the move. Credit: William Avery Hudson

    Realities of 'working waterfront' visions


    COMMENT: The inevitable is likely to happen to the Red Hook Container Terminal in Brooklyn, New York, writes Peter de Langen.

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    Safe as houses


    COMMENT: In November, Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading port operator, launched its transformed property arm with a 960-hectare land bank, marking a further step in the gradual transition of the group from port operator to a development company of port, logistics and manufacturing complexes in 21 UK ports, ...

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    Tales of the unexpected


    COMMENT: In May 2016 a lease agreement was signed between Feadship, a leading builder of mega-yachts, and Port of Amsterdam (PoA). Yet, Amsterdam’s vision document, officially launched a year earlier in June 2015 did not mention mega-yachts as a potentially relevant market segment, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Increasing: London Gateway is picking up steam despite a slow start. Credit: DP World

    Lengthy path to success


    COMMENT: This year saw positive news for the two large new port development projects in North West Europe: JadeWeserPort and London Gateway, writes Peter de Langen.

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    Geopolitics and port development


    COMMENT: Port development often has an important geopolitical dimension, writes Peter de Langen

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    State aid exemptions miss the mark


    COMMENT: The long-awaited European Union policy on government investments in seaports and airports has both high and low points. The sad part is that the high points are mainly centred around airports, while the seaport part takes the lion’s share of low points, writes Peter de Langen.