Port equipment manufacturer Liebherr has developed a new low-voltage frequency converter system which promises significant reduction in energy consumption and emissions. Liduro Marine LCU 300 has been developed for vessels with a drive power of up to 5,000 kW allowing for variable-speed and stepless electric drive to achieve higher manoeuvrability in ports. It can also… Read more »


Measuring the social license to operate for ports

PortEconomics member Michael Dooms presented the results of a survey conducted along with Bruno Moeremans (Vrije University Brussels) during the 16th World Conference of AIVP held on 11-14 June 2018 in Quebec, Canada. With his presentation, Michael discussed the following issues: a. Challenges of port managing bodies in terms of SDGs: Stakeholder inclusion (needs to… Read more »


Crowdsourced Transportation Platforms (Road), a promising supply chain technology for the last mile

Crowdsourcing  concept Intelligent Transportation platforms and their applications are attracting notable attention in the supply chain. By means of sensing and communication technologies, the smart transport systems assist transportation authorities and vehicles drivers in making informative decisions. Data collection and more importantly the use of the collected data analysis are crucial elements in the intelligent… Read more »


Persian Gulf risks overcapacity of container terminal infrastructure

A report by transport research and analysis company Transport Intelligence (Ti) has claimed that the Middle East Persian Gulf region could suffer from substantial overcapacity of container terminal infrastructure if all planned projects go ahead.   According to the Middle East Logistics Investment Opportunities 2018 document, nearly all major ports have substantial upgrades in the pipeline. The… Read more »


APMT Mumbai gains new Persian Gulf/Mediterranean service

A new service from CMA CGM, its American President Lines (APL) subsidiary and COSCO Shipping has begun operations linking South Asia with ports in the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean. The new Indiamed service, which has called at APM Terminals (APMT)  Mumbai, expands the transhipment network through the East Mediterranean to/from Middle East destinations and… Read more »


Pirates target six container vessels in first half of 2018

Six container vessels were victims of piracy attacks or attempted attacks in the first half of 2018, one less compared to the same period in 2017. Two attempted attacks occurred off the coast of Nigeria as vessels were steaming. The remaining four vessels were either berthed or anchored in the Philippines, Ecuador, Antigua, and Barbuda or Cyprus,… Read more »