The Strategist – Page 4

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    Politics or practicalities?


    COMMENT: The current chief executive of the port of Melbourne, Nick Easy, was appointed to his post in February 2014 moving into this role from his former position as chief executive of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Service Board (MF&ESB) where, his CV states, “he was responsible for leading an ...

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    Winners and losers scenario looms


    Make no mistake the desperate state of the container shipping industry in terms of its ability to consistently make a profit is forcing fundamental changes, writes Mike Mundy.

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    Consolidation the order of the day


    COMMENT: They used to say when ‘America sneezes the world catches a cold’ but maybe nowadays this is a maxim that applies to China not the US, writes Mike Mundy.

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    At the mercy of carriers


    COMMENT: Ports and terminals are being forced into major infrastructure investments at the behest of carriers. The reason being that carriers are obsessed in achieving the maximum economies of scale possible, often without fully considering the consequences on themselves or the industry that services them, writes Ben Hackett.

  • Stay put: not every port needs to aspire to hub status. Credit: Equipe Integrada

    Big is not always beautiful


    COMMENT: It is the understandable desire of many ports to transition from feeder port to main port status, writes Mike Mundy.

  • What next: Piraeus's concessioning process raises questions. Credit: John Cook

    Piraeus saga: to be continued?


    COMMENT: The point was made in Port Strategy last month that the price paid by COSCO for the port of Piraeus, taking into account investment commitments as well, was a rich one – one that perhaps only a sovereign state-owned company would make, writes Mike Mundy.

  • Higher: did COSCO pay over the odds for Piraeus?

    Cosco's Piraeus bid defies market realities


    It is no surprise to Port Strategy that there was only one bidder for the Port of Piraeus concession and that in the end, after a request to up its bid, the sole bidder, COSCO, was awarded the whole port concession. However, the price that COSCO was prepared to pay ...

  • Assistance: outside help can go a long way for non-port specialists

    Don’t go it alone


    It is easy to forget that for non-port people understanding a port business can seem to be somewhat of a jigsaw puzzle.

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    What price Piraeus port sale?


    COMMENT: Husnu Ozyegin, president of Fiba Holding, has done it again. Fiba is the owner of a 65% stake in Turkish container terminal Kumport and Ozyegin and has confirmed the sale of the Fiba group’s shareholding for a reported $940m, writes Mike Mundy.

  • New age: the transit system for the expanded Canal will differ greatly from the system currently in place. Credit: Gonzalo Alonso

    Cracking down on Canal concerns


    COMMENT: The appearance of cracks in one of the sills in the Cocoli Locks at the Pacific end of the new Panama Canal may not be the only factor to slow down the system’s full exploitation, writes Mike Mundy.

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    Don’t go it alone


    Consider this scenario: we have a nation that has somewhat belatedly offered its main container handling facilities for concession.

  • Positive: ABP Southampton port director Nick Ridehalgh is looking for strategic long term value. Credit: ABP

    Under the microscope


    COMMENT: Just how much ports are under the microscope nowadays when they are located close to a city or populated areas is highlighted by the recent experience of Associated British Ports’ (ABP) port of Southampton, writes Mike Mundy.

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    Allaying ‘Big Brother’ fears


    COMMENT: From last October, the UK Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency no longer requires UK vehicle owners to exhibit on their respective vehicles a ‘tax disc’ – a unique piece of paper which basically tells all and sundry - not least marauding traffic wardens - that you have paid for your ...

  • All in: Transnet is interested in Mombasa's new container terminal

    A public-public partnership?


    COMMENT: Irony of ironies, in among the host of bidders whose names appear in conjunction with the privatisation of the Mombasa container terminal is Transnet, the government body responsible for the management and operation of South Africa’s ports, writes Mike Mundy.

  • Tragic: new Greek prime minister Tsipras has quashed the country's port privatisation hopes. Credit: Lorenzo Gaudenzi

    The future is the past


    COMMENT: do you think it is a wise strategy to curtail talks with a group of influential investors by announcing it to the media, asks Mike Mundy.

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    Game-changing West Africa


    It was only a couple of years back that Maersk Line phased in the last of its 22 4,500 teu WAFMAX vessels, purposely designed to work in West African ports and provide direct services to Asia. However, events are moving fast along the West African coastline and, as Alphaliner recently ...

  • Face off: New automated terminals have different labour demands. Credit: Kees Torn

    Labour saving revolution


    Concerns are being expressed by unions about the potential loss of dockworker jobs in Rotterdam resulting from the introduction of two new highly automated container terminals and over-capacity.

  • Large scale: the arrival of mega ships has put European and Asian ports under pressure: Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller. Credit: Walter Rademacher

    Big sets the agenda


    COMMENT: The ongoing influx of ultra large container carriers has led to a new phase of port congestion in Europe and Asia, writes Mike Mundy.

  • Regulation role: Nigeria gets tough on ports. Credit: APM Terminals

    Nigeria's new regulator


    COMMENT: In the wake of numerous complaints by port users to government, Nigeria has taken the interesting step of appointing the Nigeria Shippers’ Council as an arm’s length Economic Port Regulator, writes Mike Mundy.

  • Full picture: labour issues at Ngqura port may not be what they seem

    Get to the truth of it


    COMMENT: ''Spin'' – what can be called bending facts to suit your own purposes – is no longer confined to governments and large commercial organisations, writes MIke Mundy.