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Hercules E Haralambides
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Hub-and-Spoke systems in container transportation
Mega-ships and mega-ports are the
two faces of the same coin: the one ‘feeds’ and reinforces the other, and the
one cannot exist without the other. I prepared
this infographic in an effort to explain to a wider audience, in as simple a
manner as possible, t...
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The “Second Scenario”: Mega-ships and the future of the hub-and-spoke system in liner shipping
The first time I expressed my concerns about the mega-containership phenomenon was in 2000,
in my “second scenario”. [1] I could then see 6 macro-trends, reinforcing each other, which could
potentially halt the gigantism in
container shipping, as well as in...
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Chasing the “Holy Grail’ of Economies of Scale in Shipping
In liner shipping,
the pursuit of Economies of Scale (EoS) through bigger and bigger ships is something like the pursuit of the
Holly Grail. Thirty years ago, the largest containership would just pass
through the locks of the Panama Canal and it had a size ...
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General Rate Increases (GRI) in Liner Shipping
Advance Price Announcements (GRIs) in liner shipping have
long been a bone of contention among shippers and competition authorities
alike. Grudges include lack of transparency and the “usefulness” of public announcements. Liner rates are complex structures ...
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Djibouti, Dubai and China: Containers overboard!
Following a long legal dispute with the concessionaire (DP
World of Dubai, UAE), the Government of Djibouti decided today to unilaterally
terminate the concession and seize the Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT),
operated by DP World. From what it is known, t...
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MSC latest carrier to order 22,000-TEU vessels (Journal of Commerce)
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Mega-ships strengthen alliances and the stronger these are, the more difficult it will be to do away with them, without causing substantial damage to international trade, in the upcoming review of the EC consortia Regulation. This is the strategy of the box club. In sheer black and white. HH
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Back to the roots for container shipping?
The Journal of Commerce recently reported that NVOCCs are
gaining a greater share of the container market, in part because carriers have
pulled back from relationship-building. Nothing could be more true. But in
actual fact, the thing carriers have pulled b...
Back to the roots for container shipping?
Back to the roots for container shipping?
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Makes me happy to see Valencia, Venice, Hambantota and Malacca on The Economist's map. BRI shapes up and nicely too.
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Globalization, public sector reform, and the role of ports in international supply chains
[ for the full article, click here ] The first rough brushstrokes of this paper  were put 20 years ago, mostly in the later part of this paper, concerning the issue of port reform. At that time, I was working for ILO, on the labor aspects of structural adju...
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One-Belt-One-Road (OBOR), China-EU trade relations, and (geo)political ‘positioning statements’
I have updated my ever-developing OBOR presentation, following countless discussions with senior policy makers in Europe and China.  Inputs are provided on European trade and investment policies; TPP; Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP); Pers...
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