Port Economics, Management and Policy

31 Dicembre, 2022
Theo Notteboom, Athanasios Pallis and Jean-Paul Rodrigue (Edit by)

Port Economics, Management and Policy is a project that aims at providing information about the contemporary port industry, shipping and logistics to a wide readership, analysing how ports are organized to serve the global economy and support regional and local development needs.

The book uses a conceptual background supported by extensive fieldwork and empirical observations, such as analyzing flows, ports, and the strategies and policies articulating their dynamics.

Structured in eight sections plus an introduction and epilog, this textbook examines a wide range of seaport topics, covering maritime shipping and international trade, port terminals, port governance, port competition, port policy and much more.

Key features comprehensively investigated in the book – also with graphic elements, maps, figures, photos and tables – include:

  • Multidisciplinary perspective on the port industry relying on economics, geography, management science, and engineering;
  • Focus on the latest industry trends, such as supply chain management, automation, digitalization and sustainability;
  • Multisector analysis including containers, bulk, break-bulk, and the cruise industry.

The publication provides students and scholars with a valuable resource on ports and maritime transport systems and support practitioners and policymakers with an essential guide towards better port management and governance.

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION: A Multifaceted Approach to Seaports
i.1 Defining Seaports
i.2 Seaports: Economic Value
i.3 Seaports: Social and Environmental Value
i.4 Emerging Issues in Ports and Maritime Shipping

Chapter 1.1 Maritime Shipping and International Trade
Chapter 1.2 Ports and Maritime Supply Chains
Chapter 1.3 Ports and Container Shipping
Chapter 1.4 Ports and Distribution Networks
Chapter 1.5 Ports and Cruise Shipping
Chapter 1.6 Interoceanic Passages

Chapter 2.1 The Changing Geography of Seaports
Chapter 2.2 Port Hinterlands, Regionalization and Corridors
Chapter 2.3 Inland Ports / Dry Ports
Chapter 2.4 Digital Transformation
Chapter 2.5 Green Supply Chain Management in Ports

Chapter 3.1 Terminals and Terminal Operators
Chapter 3.2 Terminal Concessions and Land Leases
Chapter 3.3 Financialization and Terminal Funding
Chapter 3.4 Container Terminal Design and Equipment
Chapter 3.5 Bulk and Breakbulk Terminal Design and Equipment
Chapter 3.6 Cruise Terminal Design and Equipment
Chapter 3.7 Dock Labor
Chapter 3.8 Terminal Automation
Chapter 3.9 Port Terminal Construction

Chapter 4.1 Port Governance and Reform
Chapter 4.2 Port Authorities
Chapter 4.3 Port Coordination and Cooperation
Chapter 4.4 Port Clusters
Chapter 4.5 Green Port Governance
Chapter 4.6 Port Management, Governance and Leadership

Chapter 5.1 Inter-Port Competition
Chapter 5.2 Intra-Port Competition
Chapter 5.3 Port Marketing
Chapter 5.4 Port Pricing
Chapter 5.5 Entry Barriers

Chapter 6.1 Performance
Chapter 6.2 Efficiency
Chapter 6.3 Effectiveness
Chapter 6.4 Resilience

Chapter 7.1 Ports, Policies and Politics
Chapter 7.2 Ports and Economic Development
Chapter 7.3 Port Planning and Development
Chapter 7.4 Port-City Relationships
Chapter 7.5 Representing Port Interests

Chapter 8.1 Cruise Ports
Chapter 8.2 Break-Bulk
Chapter 8.3 Energy
Chapter 8.4 Containers
Chapter 8.5 Port Cold Chains

Optimal Ship Size: Container Ships and Cruise Vessels
Competition between the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach
Ports and the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Port of Savannah Logistics Cluster
Nike European Logistics Campus in Belgium
The Nicaragua Canal Project

Authors’ Biographies

Theo Notteboom
Theo Notteboom is Professor of maritime and port economics. He is Chair Professor ‘North Sea Port’ at the Maritime Institute, Faculty of Law and Criminology, Ghent University; Professor at Department of Transport and Regional Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Antwerp; and Professor at Faculty of Sciences, Antwerp Maritime Academy. He is co-founder and co-director of Porteconomics.eu. He is a member of the Risk and Resilience Committee of International Association of Ports & Harbors (IAPH) where he co-authors the World Ports Tracker. He is vice-president (2022-) and past President (2010-2014) of International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME). He is Associate Editor of Maritime Economics & Logistics, Editor of Journal of Shipping and Trade and a member of the editorial boards of eight other leading academic journals in the field. Furthermore, he held the MPA visiting professorship in port management at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, and is visiting professor at various universities in Europe and Asia.

Athanasios Pallis
Athanasios (Thanos) Pallis is Professor in Port & Shipping Economics and Policy at the Department of Maritime Studies, University of Piraeus, Greece.
He is a co-director of PortEconomics, and the Vice-Chair of the Port Performance Research Network (PPRN), He has co-authored the books European Port Policy: Towards a long-term strategy (published in English, Japanese, and Greek), Common EU Maritime Transport Policy (published in English and Greek), and Maritime Transport: The Greek Paradigm (published in English).
Thanos is a member of the International Association of Ports & Harbours (IAPH) Risk and Resilience Committee, for which he co-authors the World Ports Tracker together with Theo Notteboom. He was the chief consultant of the UN program on “COVID-19 Implication on Transport/Connectivity and Trade”.

Jean-Paul Rodrigue
Jean-Paul Rodrigue is Professor at Hofstra University, New York. His research interests mainly cover the fields of transportation and economics as they relate to logistics and global freight distribution. Specific topics over which he has published extensively cover maritime transport systems and logistics, global supply chains, gateways, and transport corridors.
He is a board member of the University Transportation Research Center, Region II of the City University of New York, and is a lead member of the PortEconomics.eu initiative as well as of the International Association of Maritime Economists. Dr. Rodrigue was a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Manufacturing (2011-2016). In 2013, the US Secretary of Transportation appointed Dr. Rodrigue to sit on the Advisory Board of the US Merchant Marine Academy, a position he held until 2018. He is also the New York team leader for the MetroFreight project about city logistics. In 2019, he was the recipient of the Edward L. Ullman Award for outstanding contribution to the field of transport geography by the American Association of Geographers.

Book information

Edited By Theo Notteboom, Athanasios Pallis and Jean-Paul Rodrigue
Port Economics, Management and Policy

New York: Routledge, 2022
690 pages, 218 illustrations
ISBN: 9780367331559
DOI: doi.org/10.4324/9780429318184

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Article reference for citation:

Editorial Team of PORTUS. “Port Economics, Management and Policy”. PORTUS | Port City Relationship and Urban Waterfront Redevelopment, n. 44 (December 2022), Venice: RETE Publisher, ISSN 2282-5789.
URL: https://portusonline.org/port-economics-management-and-policy/

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