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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »



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 »


Port co-operation: types, drivers and impediments

The port industry has witnessed a multiplication of port co-operation and integration schemes in recent years partly driven by governance reforms, public policy, political forces and market pressures. PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom, Francesco Parola and Geraldine Knatz  co-edit a themed volume in the academic journal  Research in Transportation Management and Business, including some major contributions on port co-operation. The… Read more »


Event: “Constanta Port on the Silk Road” – Bucharest, June 22, 2018

Constanta, Romania (PortSEurope) June 26, 2018 – The second edition of the “Constanta Port on the Silk Road” round table has taken place in Bucharest with over 70 representatives of Romanian and foreign business, diplomats (Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Turkey and Turkmenistan), government representatives and international organisations promoting the new trade routes between Asia… Read more »