Viewpoint – Page 10

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    Seeking Stability, Security and Sustainability

    2004-11-01T00:00:00Z

    Like it or not, George W. Bush is back for a second term and it remains to be seen just what his administration will serve up on contentious issues such as trade protectionism and the environment.

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    LET'S TALK

    2004-10-01T00:00:00Z

    In the BBC Radio 4''s Something Understood programme, Sir Mark Tully examines some of the larger questions of life by taking a spiritual theme and exploring it through the thoughts, ideas and works of the great thinkers, theologians, poets and composers. It brings in examples from Eastern philosophy as well ...

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    IN PRAISE OF THE HUMBLE AGENT

    2004-09-01T00:00:00Z

    As a magazine for port managers maybe we don''t pay enough attention to the humble shipping agent but think about it and you''ll realise the relationship between port and agent can and should be of benefit to both - truly symbiotic.

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    "THIRD FORCE" ARGUMENT FADES

    2004-07-01T00:00:00Z

    Credence is still given in certain circles to the idea that in order to provide a really competitive container handling service there has to be more than two companies providing such a service in the same location. We see, for example, this idea backed in locations such as Australia where ...

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    SAVE THE PLANET WITH MODAL SHIFT

    2004-06-01T00:00:00Z

    Well, not quite perhaps. But is there a reader of this magazine who simply doesn''t give a stuff about the environment? I doubt it.

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    SPIN, HYPE, HOT AIR AND PROGRESS?

    2004-05-01T00:00:00Z

    So Dibden is dead. The independent government inspector has ruled and the UK Government has spiked the project. Associated British Ports, in turn, has closed the book on the idea of adding major new container handling capacity at the Dibden Bay site and taken the " hit" where it hurts ...

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    ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD

    2004-04-01T00:00:00Z

    That salty old scribe Mike Grey wrote in Lloyd''s List recently of the dangers of buying into the notion that pilots could be replaced by ''sea traffic controllers'' based in the VTS tower. He rightly questioned in that sardonic, slightly ranting but lucid way of his: " How can anyone, ...

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    GOVERNMENT MUST GET IT RIGHT

    2004-03-01T00:00:00Z

    No one wants government to have too strong an influence over a privatised port environment but some sort of architecture in which coordinated development can take place is essential. The international port industry knows from well-documented experiences such as excessive capacity being introduced in Buenos Aires, Argentina, just what the ...

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    SEEING THE BIGGER PICTURE

    2004-01-01T00:00:00Z

    The diversity of activity surrounding a port never ceases to impress. It''s a microcosm of trade and logistics, labour relations, security issues, IT, investment in equipment and infrastructure, insurance, the law, marketing, profits - and the environment.

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    EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

    2003-11-01T00:00:00Z

    Terrorist attack, human error, the weather - whatever the cause, oil pollution is a messy business. Last month, seven and a half years after the SEA EMPRESS grounded in Milford Haven''s approaches spilling 72,000 tonnes of crude into the sea and onto the shore, the port authority finally settled the ...

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    MARRYING THE NEW TO THE OLD

    2003-10-01T00:00:00Z

    Thirty-odd years ago a little single-decker called the HELMSDALE traded from Orkney to Leith with barrels, butts and hogsheads for the Midlothian distilleries. The whisky cargo was just too much of a temptation for the stevedores. The gangs trouped on board armed with plastic buckets. " Watch and learn laddie, ...

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    CAPACITY, CONNECTIONS, CONTROL AND THE CUSTOMER

    2003-09-01T00:00:00Z

    Sometimes an item of news will, without us always knowing it, provide a glimpse into the future. It might also teach us a lesson or two.

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    NORTH OR SOUTH - RESTRUCTURING BRINGS BOTH THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES

    2003-07-01T00:00:00Z

    Does shipping line self-interest serve box terminal operations? There is a growing debate in port circles as to whether shipping lines can make effective common-user container terminal operators.

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    THAT MAGIC WORD "MANAGEMENT"

    2003-06-01T00:00:00Z

    ''Management'' is the word that underpins portstrategy, the new magazine for your industry. portstrategy, or PS as we call it, is designed to meet the modern information needs of port and terminal management, as well as inform key port users of the main industry trend lines and developments.