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Ukraine’s Yuzhny port is readying itself for larger bulk carriers with the aid of Chinese-led dredging-Chasing Economies of Scale and Silk Ties

Yuzhny port is readying itself for larger bulk carriers with the aid of Chinese-led dredging. Stevie Knight reports. Ukraine’s Yuzhny port is targeting a draft that will make it the deepest facility in the whole of the Black and Asov seas region.   The long-term aim of Yuzhny is to be a hub on a competitive,… Read more »

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Third Privatization Phase for 10 Greek Ports

Greek assets body the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund plans to launch the third privatisation phase of 10 ports across Greece in autumn, with priority on four in Northern Greece, three in Attica as well as ports in Patra, Volos and Heraklio.   The third phase follows the sale of the Thessaloniki Port Authority to… Read more »

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Brexit: No 10 refuses to consider plans to have EU staff at British ports

Downing Street is refusing to consider proposals to have EU officials stationed at British ports serving Ireland, intended as part of a solution to the problem of the Irish border after Brexit. The compromise plan, which is under consideration by Ireland and Brussels, is aimed at “de-dramatising” the Irish border issue and reflects the fact… Read more »

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ESPO asks to recognise the cross-border dimension of EU ports and to strengthen the maritime connectivity in CEF II

The investment needs of European ports over the next ten years amount to 48 billion EUR. Many port investments score high in creating societal value but the return on investment for the investor, the port managing body, is often low and slow. For these investments, external funding is needed. Ports have only been able to… Read more »

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India Unveils Shipping Portal

The Indian government is to launch a customer-centric, secure, globally accessible e-governance platform named ‘Shipping Portal’ that will ensure transparency and efficiency in end-to-end solutions. Mansukh Mandaviya, India’s Union Minister of State unveiled the initiative. Speaking in Mumbai at a maritime stakeholders meeting organized by the Directorate General of Shipping (DG Shipping), part of India’s… Read more »

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Five countries sign convention on Caspian legal status

 The leaders of Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan have signed a new convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea, an issue that has been disputed between the five countries for over 20 years.   Russian President Vladimir Putin said the agreement, “creates conditions for bringing cooperation between the countries to a qualitatively new… Read more »

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Port authorities willingness to cooperate: effects of objective orientation & service differentiation

The effects of the objective orientation of port authorities and the level of service differentiation on the capacity, service price, profits, and welfare among competing or cooperating ports are analyzed in the latest port study of PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom co-authored with Han Cui (University of Antwerp). Theo and Han examined feasible combinations of these… Read more »

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European Maritime Single Window environment; A big step toward optimised and efficient shipping in EU

Our world is in transition to a low-carbon economy and transport is not an exception. New technologies and initiatives are affecting the mobility landscape. among all modes of transport, Maritime transport is a backbone of trade and communications within and beyond the single market. Almost one-third of all intra-EU and three-quarters of the internationally traded… Read more »

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ESPO CALLS FOR FIRMER POLLUTER PAYS PRINCIPLE

PORT RECEPTION FACILITIES: ESPO WELCOMES DRAFT REPORT BUT CALLS FOR STRICTER APPLICATION OF THE ‘POLLUTER PAYS’ PRINCIPLE The European Sea ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the proposals put forward by the European Parliament Rapporteur Ms Gesine Meissner in the draft report of the Transport Committee on the review of the Waste Reception Facilities Directive (Com (2018)… Read more »