Viewpoint – Page 5

  • Wet feet: ports need to be prepared for the effects of climate change

    Taking a unexpected dip


    COMMENT: The temptation for this week’s comment is to write about the unfolding dramas on the US West Coast as the collective bargaining agreement circus rolls into town, writes Carly Fields.

  • Inner city property development threatens freight corridors. Credit: Michael Daines

    Inner city development threatens ports


    COMMENT: It’s not enough that developers snap up waterfront land at any opportunity and throw up condominiums at a jaw-dropping speed to take advantage of the premium buyers will pay for a watery view, regardless of the impact on the port, writes Carly Fields.

  • New player: ICTSI is moving in to develop its first terminal in Australia

    New kid on the block


    Australia is about to welcome a new global terminal operator into its mix. An ICTSI-led consortium was the surprise winner for the concession of the new third container terminal in the Port of Melbourne.

  • Bristol Port Company is looking to 'secure the port's future'

    Tales of two ports


    Two tales from UK ports make interesting reading this month. In the West, Bristol Port Company (BPC) offered £10m to the local council to buy the freehold to the docks at Avonmouth and Portbury. The company bought the leasehold in 1991 under a 150-year lease.

  • News

    Firm commitment


    The highs and lows of port planning have been acutely felt on the US east coast this month.

  • Environmentalists will continue to battle it out with ports looking to expand

    Blanket bans


    Getting greens onside is one of life’s great battles for ports looking to expand. Some tackle environmentalists head on, preferring a fight to flight. Others bring them into every conversation to prove there’s nothing to hide.

  • Ports need to pay attention to cyber threats

    Patched into cyber risks


    Since the rushed introduction of the International Ship and Port Facility Code back in 2004, ports have had a dogged focus on security of their facilities. Miles of perimeter fencing has been erected, tens of thousands of security plans have been put in place and countless port security officers have ...

  • Miami is one of many US east coast ports banking on increased post-Panama Canal expansion trade. Credit: Florida Sea Grant

    No guarantees on post-expansion traffic


    The sense of excitement on the US East Coast around the seemingly limitless benefits of the expansion of the Panama Canal is palpable. Ports from Miami to Boston are riding the post-expansion train, and dishing out a great deal of hyperbole as to why they will get the diverted West ...

  • 3D printing - coming to a house near you soon. Credit: Subhashish Panigrahi

    The print run on port demand


    At various points this year you may have glimpsed a headline, or overhead a conversation in a bar about 3d printing that momentarily piqued your interest, but by the time you got home you’d forgotten all about following up to find out more.

  • New container terminal operators have a "strong appetite for international expansion"

    Change afoot


    The ‘big four’ still dominate the annual container terminal operator rankings, but could they be living on borrowed time?

  • Maasvlakte 2 - getting the public involved

    Visual stimulation


    On a bleary and dank June morning in Rotterdam, taking a coach trip to the game-changing Maasvlakte II development seemed to be a good use of time.

  • European has got its teeth into the latest port reform package

    Dog with a port autonomy bone


    Never let it be said that the European Commission gives up on a fight: liberalisation proposals for ports in the trading bloc have resurfaced once again, undaunted by the backlashes to the previous incarnations in 2003 and 2006.

  • Unionists have been camping outside the Cheung Kong Centre since last week

    Curtain call for Hong Kong drama


    There is a coups de théâtre being played out in Hong Kong. Hutchison’s Hongkong International Terminal has been an unwilling extra in a performance put on by its contracted dockers, who are now in their fifth week of strikes.

  • The supply of proven port executives is drying up. Credit: Off beat Mum

    Shrinking pool of port talent


    Successive years of hammering home the crewing ‘crisis’ message have firmly ingrained the matter on our minds: red alert, a dearth of qualified seafarers is about to bring the industry to its knees. However, that record has been re-played for at least the last two decades and the anticipated crisis ...

  • Who will be the king of the port equipment jungle? Credit: Robak

    Survival of the fittest


    It’s started. It was inevitable that the longer this financial blip continued the more chance there was of seeing business buyouts in the ports sector. And we can thank equipment companies for the start of what may well be a domino effect for the rest of the industry.

  • Little light at the end of this tunnel. Credit: Nik Pawlak

    Tunnel vision for another year


    We’ve welcomed in a new year, but as an industry we are facing the same set of problems; even a seasoned optimist like me is struggling to see any positives any time soon.

  • Bathside Bay hangs in the balance. Credit: Harwich International Port

    Best laid plans


    Have long-winded and overly bureaucratic planning processes taken another victim in the maturing UK port industry? Fears are that a setback in Hutchison Port Holdings’ already lengthy Bathside Bay plans might send the international operator packing.

  • Controlling cranes from afar is catching on

    Pressing the button on remote control


    As Navis’ Bill Walsh proudly proclaimed at Navis World last month, we are at automation two point zero. Announcements for Europe''s first automated STS crane orders certainly back him up, but how long has it taken us to get here?

  • The human element of tracking now has reduced worth

    Tracking trials


    There is much fodder for this month’s viewpoint, with strikes hanging over the usually labour-stable US East coast and DP World’s departure from its Aden ambitions.

  • US East Coast ports face double blows

    Getting hit from both sides


    US east coast ports faced two very different threats this month: one the fault of Mother Nature and the other entirely manmade as Hurricane Isaac and longshoremen unions both knocked on port doors.