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    Beyond the tipping point, what next?

    2022-11-15T09:15:00Z

    So, the tipping point has arrived, and a de-escalation is underway of container freight rates and of severe container congestion.

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    A Bumper Package

    2022-10-27T09:40:00Z

    The view appears to be gaining ground that the party is over in container shipping and normal operating conditions are on the way back. This may be true – only time will tell – but for sure there are still significant problems in the supply chain.

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    Essential Reading

    2022-09-15T15:18:00Z

    The shipping and ports sectors have in recent years shown a vulnerability to serious hazardous cargo related incidents. The National Cargo Bureau has conducted studies which throw some light on the potential scale of the problem. It has also developed Hazcheck Detect – a cargo screening tool

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    Concessions: Proven Processes have the Best Potential to Deliver

    2022-07-31T10:54:00Z

    Government to government ledport concession deals are now surfacing but there is little evidence to suggest this is a proven approach

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    What’s not new and what’s next

    2022-06-30T10:54:00Z

    Accurately forecasting the future is always a challenging business. Imagine doing this prior to early 2019 – how wrong would you have been? Who could have imagined COVID-19 or Russia initiating a war in the Ukraine? At an industry level, who could have forecast the phenomenal profits of shipping lines, the mega investment in new tonnage and diverse new business streams. A similar scale of change has been triggered in the bulk agri-products and energy markets. A lot to discuss – hence the timely restart of the Terminal Operations Conference in Rotterdam this month, one welcome return to normality!

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    Food Challenges – IAPH Initiative – Opportunities – Building to a Higher Level

    2022-05-31T13:03:00Z

    The recent UNCTAD so-called rapid assessment report on the war in Ukraine highlights concerns over the two fundamental “Fs” of commodity markets – food and fuels.

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    UKRAINE CRISIS: GLOBAL CHAOS

    2022-04-30T15:14:00Z

    Initial uncertainty was focused on the impact of Russian threats on the Ukraine, we can now see that the realisation of these have far-reaching global impacts. Andrew Penfold identifies the critical factors

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    Negatives and positives

    2022-04-30T13:23:00Z

    I make no apology for returning to the starting point of my last Viewpoint – Ukraine.

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    FIGHTING TO SURVIVE

    2022-04-30T13:20:00Z

    Oleksandr Gavrylyuk, Port Strategy’s Ukraine based correspondent, provides a human perspective of life in the face of Russian aggression

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    UKRAINE CRISIS – THE FALLOUT

    2022-03-09T08:21:00Z

    Maritime sector fallout from the Ukraine crisis promises to be multi-faceted and large scale. Andrew Penfold analyses the situation

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    Hard facts win the war against more and more myths

    2022-03-01T12:21:00Z

    Let’s talk myths.

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    UNCTAD: A PRICE TO PAY

    2022-02-01T15:17:00Z

    There is a price to pay for bloated freight rates and other supply chain issues. Felicity Landon charts the UNCTAD position and suggestions on mitigating measures

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    Not the whole story

    2022-01-03T12:33:00Z

    If you take it at face value, it is a top tier shipping line providing a perspective of what it sees as major port bottlenecks negatively impacting the supply chain. It is a list of those ports where Maersk has, and is, facing delays getting on the berth to discharge ...

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    SUDAN CROSSROADS

    2021-12-02T10:45:00Z

    Port Sudan’s situation is symbolic of that of the country as a whole – in simple terms forward or reverse? The key is removing politics from the decision-making process

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    Climate resilient ports: “the power is in our hands”

    2021-12-01T08:07:00Z

    Let’s go back to basics – sea levels.

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    BATTLE LINES FORMING

    2021-11-04T10:31:00Z

    Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has one public terminal left for privatisation and it is gaining a lot of interest. AJ Keyes looks at the potential implications

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    ONE STEP FORWARD, ONE BACK?

    2021-11-03T10:14:00Z

    Two new Bills herald major reforms to the Indian ports sector but when looked at overall does it amount to “one step forward and one step back?” AJ Keyes takes a detailed look

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    RENEWAL OR RETENDER?

    2021-11-02T10:03:00Z

    Stick with it or press the restart button? Which way to go with port concessions? Neil Davidson and Erik Wehl* examine the pros and cons of both propositions

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    Market Forces win every time: even during these ‘Force 10’ conditions

    2021-11-01T10:09:00Z

    If you take what some might describe as a cynical position you can interpret the very recent attention paid to supply chain problems by politicians as anxiety about the subject becoming ‘more political’ as we advance towards Christmas. A shortage of turkeys, toys on the shelves and various other Christmas ...

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    Wisdom of defending the indefensible

    2021-10-01T13:00:00Z

    COMMENT: Without doubt there are certain public sector operated port organisations that work very eff ectively. There is probably no fi ner example than the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) which has established itself as an industry leader at various key levels. A testament to this is that it has ...