The Analyst – Page 5

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    Forward plan to manage transitions


    COMMENT: In Antwerp, the closure of the GM plant makes a huge site available for re-development, while in Rotterdam, one of the refineries (currently owned by Q8) is up for sale, writes Peter de Langen.

  • DP World's investment in Fairview lends support to forecast Canadian container growth. Credit: BC Ministry of Transportation

    Belief in Canadian container prospects


    COMMENT: Last month, DP World bought the Maher terminal in Prince Rupert, with a 2014 throughput of a little over 600,000 teu for more than a half billion US dollar - just under $1,000 per teu handled, writes Peter de Langen.

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    Don't downplay trust issues


    COMMENT: The OECD recently published a report with a global outlook on freight transport - the Freight Outlook 2015 - including a forecast for the volumes handled by ports in various regions of the world, but can it be trusted, asks Peter de Langen.

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    Pricing of transhipment by port authorities


    COMMENT: How can pricing structures in ports be best explained; are they based on a specific historical trajectory in each port, or based on economic logic, asks Peter de Langen.

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    Compliments and comments


    COMMENT: The development plan for Hong Kong Port, released December 2014, makes interesting reading for port planners and developers; my compliments to all stakeholders including the consultant BMT Asia Pacific, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Trailblazer: the success of the Copenhagen-Malmo merger has been emulated in Scandinavia and beyond

    Getting in with the neighbours


    Various potential mergers between neighbouring port authorities have recently been in the news and the experiences of the newly-paired ports have in virtually all cases been positive.

  • Commitment: ports need to invest in entrepreneurial spirit. Credit: Nitpia 55

    Investing in innovation stimulation


    COMMENT: What drives the competitiveness of ports? Is it sufficient draft to accommodate ever larger vessels, productivity, high quality hinterland infrastructure or well-functioning port community systems, asks Peter de Langen.

  • Delays are inevitable is a significant number of ships arrive late. Photo: Jordiet/Flickr

    Value of schedule reliability


    COMMENT: The value of schedule reliability for shippers is clear and widely understood; recent congestion concerns in North European ports, especially Hamburg and Rotterdam, have now highlighted the value of schedule reliability for terminal operators as well, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Concession terms need to be aligned with long term port goals

    Concession challenges apply worldwide


    COMMENT: I recently had the opportunity to discuss the challenges in granting concessions with a large number of port authorities in West and Central Africa, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Uncertain future transport flows means flexible planning is needed. Photo: Plantoo47

    Uncertain growth calls for flexible planning


    COMMENT: Port planning and development is required to ensure future throughput volumes can be accommodated, on that much we can all agree, writes Peter de Langen.

  • Rotterdam came out on top in Antwerp's ranking. Credit: Nik Morris van Leidan

    A need for global standards


    Port of Antwerp has issued its 2013 Annual Report which contains an interesting ranking of the largest ports worldwide.

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    Lessons from an early mover


    The strike of truckers in Vancouver’s port is ‘striking’ as Vancouver is one of the ports most actively involved in improving trucking operations.

  • The model of add-on revenue at Schiphol Airport could be an inspiration to ports. Credit: Saschaporsche

    Should ports spread their wings?


    Contrary to seaports, most airports are run by commercially operating airport managing bodies, some government owned, some fully privately owned and many with mixed ownership models. This is the result of a transition process that has taken place in many countries over the last decades.

  • Queensland's ports need to consider broader environmental and political aspects. Credit: Michael McGimpsey

    Getting port policies right


    Getting the right policy framework for port development is a complicated challenge.

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    What's in a name?


    In the ongoing evolution of port governance, many port authorities are being forced to re-think their role.

  • Oman's ports, including Salalah (pictured), are setting infrastructure standards. Credit: APM Terminals

    Taking Oman's lead


    The release of the annual World Economic Forum’s Gobal Competitiveness Report is always eagerly awaited and while it is generally of limited relevance to the port industry, it does contains one directly relevant indicator: ‘Quality of port infrastructure’.

  • How will Maersk organise terminals calls under the alliance? Credit: Chris Zielecki

    P3: more ports, less terminals?


    The P3 alliance between Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Company and CMA CGM will have a significant impact on ports worldwide, but who will win and who will lose?

  • UK port figures make interesting reading. Credit: Aaron Walters

    The risky port expansion mindset


    This July, figures for the total throughput of the UK ports system were released revealing a 4% decline in volumes. This is itself is not unsurprisingly given the current state of the freight markets.

  • Whose definition of 'on time' should we use?

    Clock watching port-style


    In the past few years, more attention has been paid to ''on time'' arrival and it is a phenomenon that is not going to go away. But it seems that ''on time'' is a subjective phrase, so whose definition to we use?