The Analyst – Page 4

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    Forget business as usual


    COMMENT: It is increasingly clear that car transport is at the brink of radical changes, driven by technological advances in autonomous driving and changing ownership patterns of cars, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Ousted: the end is in sight for Amsterdam's coal terminals. Credit: Marcel Oosterwijk

    Bold move on coal


    COMMENT: Last month, Port of Amsterdam took a bold move for a landlord port authority: it announced its ambition to end handling coal by 2030, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Wide view: Morocco's Tanger Med is a good example of a port creating value for its hinterland. Credit: Yassine Abbadi

    The value of connectivity


    COMMENT: Ports create value for port users and thus also for society at large because they enable connections between consumers in the hinterland and producers overseas, and vice versa, writes Peter de Langen.

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    Shipping and the physical internet


    COMMENT: The term ‘physical internet’ has emerged in recent years as a metaphor for the future of freight transport. While the metaphor possibly obscures more than it enlightens, it nevertheless makes sense to explore the implications for ocean shipping, writes Peter de Langen.

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    The benefits of togetherness


    COMMENT: In fully private markets, the ‘invisible hand’ ensures the survival of the fittest, writes Peter de Langen.

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    Dealing in intermodal truths


    COMMENT: The Inland Terminal conference in Basel in November brought together an interesting mix of stakeholders in intermodal logistics. I shared with delegates some of the findings of research on intermodal connections, based on a database developed by Intermodal Links, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Perseverance: Red Hook Terminal (pictured) is a clear case for maintaining port facilities in metropolitan areas. Credit: Red Hook Terminals

    Measuring value at city ports


    COMMENT: Should port development differ between metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas? Definitely, in my view, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Hamburg prides itself on being a green port and is promoting cleaner ships. Credit: HHM Lindner.

    Sense of green port dues


    COMMENT: In a recent academic conference in Hamburg, various papers addressed differentiated port dues for green ships partly to address the European Commission’s evident favouritism of such an approach, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Come together: Liverpool operator Peel Ports enjoys cluster benefits through Mersey Maritime. Credit: UK DoT

    Value in port clusters


    COMMENT: It is increasingly understood that ports are spatial clusters of interrelated economic activities, such as chemical plants, energy plants, construction plants (for instance for components of offshore wind installations), warehouses, and terminals as well as a variety of business services, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Ports are increasingly considering their cruise attractiveness. Credit: Marcel Sala

    Cruising for better port pricing


    Cruises are increasingly relevant in port development so taking a look at pricing can be insightful, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Overview: ABP's Newport is planning for the future. Credit: ABPp

    Balancing public with private


    COMMENT: Associated British Ports, the leading UK port developer and operator, announced a masterplan through to 2035 for one of its ports, Newport in Wales, writes Peter de Langen.

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    Commercial not political decision-making


    COMMENT: Port reform processes gradually lead to a port industry where port authorities remain under government ownership, but have autonomy, are financially self-sustaining and operate as port development companies, writes Peter de Langen.

  • In charge: Durres needs to get its port authority to take control of the reins. Credit: Port of Durres

    Tapping into growth potential


    COMMENT: A quick way to get an understanding of the development potential of the ports industry in a country is to look at the throughput per capita, writes Peter de Langen.

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    Starting on the right footing


    COMMENT: Last year was a year of differing fortunes for Belgium seaports, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Possible value in integrating port and industrial development Credit: Flickr ????

    Integration key to development


    COMMENT: In many countries, port development and the development of, often adjacent, sites for industrial activities is traditionally done by different, state-owned entities, writes Peter de Langen.

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    The port value calculation


    COMMENT: Like other sectors of the global industry, ports are keen to point out their national economic impact, writes Peter de Langen.

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    Port co-operation and mega-ships


    COMMENT: In the, often heated, discussions on the effects of mega-ships on shoreside infrastructure, let’s include the question of co-operation between nearby ports, writes Peter de Langen.

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    Under one roof


    COMMENT: APM Terminals has announced that it will invest more than $2bn in a new port in Nigeria, its largest single investment in a port ever.

  • Commuter centric: ports have to vie with other transport forms for attention. Credit: Wally Gobetz

    Vying for attention


    COMMENT: There’s certainly been a lot of chatter around New York about infrastructure and about the local port authority, but most of the press, traditional media and online coverage has not been about maritime things. The biggest headlines have been garnered by plans for a new $4bn revamp of the ...

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    Are mega-ships such an imposition?


    COMMENT: The OECD report on the effects on mega-ships provides valuable insights for all players in the port industry. While I do not wish to discuss those, I would like to focus on an – in my view - important flaw in the report: the suggestion that mega ships impose ...