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    SANTOS: TO HUB OR NOT TO HUB?

    2022-05-31T08:58:00Z

    Does the port of Santos, Brazil have what it takes to achieve major hub status? An interesting question in itself but all the more interesting as it is an issue that has a major bearing on the forthcoming off er of a new concession, STS10, for container handling as well as on the planned privatisation of the port management body.

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    DPW-P&O FERRIES: WHAT CODE OF ETHICS?

    2022-04-30T13:58:00Z

    DP World, owner of P&O Ferries, has gone to the trouble of publishing an eight-page document on its Code of Ethics, the openings words of which state: “DP World’s intention is to create a culture of honesty and openness…”

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    “WAR IS THE UNFOLDING OF MISCALCULATIONS(1)”

    2022-03-31T15:18:00Z

    There is only one place to go in this column this month – Ukraine.

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    EARNINGS BONANZA BUT LITTLE SHARED LARGESSE

    2022-01-03T11:45:00Z

    There is no shortage of reports about the record earnings that shipping lines have chalked up in 2021 and which are forecast to continue in 2022. There are few signs, however, that common user terminals will see any associated benefits.

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    POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES IN THE PANDEMIC ERA

    2021-12-01T13:10:00Z

    Just as we can cite at an individual level positives and negatives flowing out of the pandemic era – more flexible working arrangements versus travel and social interaction restrictions for example – the container sector is also delivering these plus and minus factors.

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    UNCTAD: TIMID POLICY, OR WORSE BACKSLIDING, COULD PULL DOWN GROWTH

    2021-11-01T11:08:00Z

    The recently released UNCTAD Trade and Development Report 2021 draws some hard-hitting conclusions. In a financial and trade context it notes:

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    INDIA: DICHOTOMY EMBEDDED IN REFORMS

    2021-10-01T13:10:00Z

    COMMENT: India has long faced criticism of the tight central control exercised over its 12 so-called Major Ports but now this control has been eased by the recently passed Major Port Authorities Act, 2021. The stated rationale for this, by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, is that the ...

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    PREPARE THE PUBLIC RELATIONS ENGINE

    2021-09-01T18:30:00Z

    COMMENT: The shelves are beginning to look a bit thin in my local supermarket – at times products are spaced out to make the shelves look busier, writes Mike Mundy.

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    LIVESTOCK REFORMS MOOTED

    2021-07-03T21:45:00Z

    COMMENT: Anyone who has had the dubious pleasure of standing downwind of a livestock carrier in port will surely empathise with the growing calls for greater scrutiny and regulation of this trade, writes Mike Mundy.

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    COLLABORATION NOT CONFRONTATION

    2021-06-22T17:33:00Z

    COMMENT: Do you get the impression that labour unions as currently formatted in the ports sector are more backward than forward thinking? writes Mike Mundy.

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    DON’T FORGET THE LITTLE GUYS

    2021-05-14T23:51:00Z

    With a lot of port sector engagement with the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ (digitalisation) and advanced strategies to achieve zero emissions being deployed, it is quite easy to forget that there are those ports who have not yet got their heads round the basics on either front, writes Mike Mundy.

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    BEHOLD AN ERA OF INNOVATION IS UNDERWAY

    2021-04-16T15:20:00Z

    COMMENT: The container was probably the last mega innovation in the world of ports and shipping, writes Mike Mundy.

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    AUSTRALIA – CHINA COAL SLIP INEVITABLE

    2021-03-18T16:55:00Z

    COMMENT: Tensions between China and Australia continue and appear to be progressively negatively impacting trading arrangements, writes Mike Mundy.

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    NO TO EASY GATES TO GO THROUGH

    2021-03-01T10:07:00Z

    COMMENT: It is interesting to note that the latest UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport highlights what it sees as the plight of small island states (SIDS), buffeted under the impact of the pandemic and subject to regular shocks as a result of climate change. writes Mike Mundy.

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    “WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?”

    2020-12-19T19:34:00Z

    COMMENT: The spectre of Brexit has somewhat dropped off the radar with the massive focus on COVID-19. It does not mean, however, that Brexit has gone away, writes Mike Mundy.

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    MELBOURNE PORT RENTS: LESSONS TO LEARN

    2020-11-12T14:16:00Z

    COMMENT: The topic of port rents is an interesting one – a subject that does not always get a public airing due to the confidential nature of concession and other lease/rental agreements, writes Mike Mundy.

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    KEEPING IT SIMPLE IN A COMPLICATED WORLD

    2020-10-14T12:08:00Z

    COMMENT: The bedrock of any port’s efficient operations is a strong working relationship between a port authority and its private sector tenants, particularly terminal operators, writes Mike Mundy.

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    NOUAKCHOTT PRIVATE DEAL PAIN

    2020-09-18T11:29:00Z

    COMMENT: The saga at the port of Nouakchott, Mauritania, continues, underlining the point made in the last of issue of PS that negotiated port deals, as opposed to the letting of terminals via public tender, are inherently risky and do little for the public good, writes Mike Mundy.

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    BANANA: OUT OF BALANCE?

    2020-07-26T18:44:00Z

    COMMENT: Dubai Port World’s (DPW) Banana project, aimed at establishing a deep-water container terminal near the mouth of the Congo River, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), continues to prove to be a slippery road, writes Mike Mundy.

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    ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IMPETUS

    2020-06-19T22:48:00Z

    COMMENT: Even before the coronavirus pandemic reared its head global supply chains were heading down an increasingly digital route but COVID-19 has provided added impetus, writes Mike Mundy.