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Hans Rook confirmed as new chairman of International Port Community Systems Association


Port pricing seems a pretty arcane subject, but is an essential tool for solving the main challenges posed by mega-ships. These challenges are related to costs, peaks and risks. Port pricing provides possibilities to takes these into account. In other words: to internalise externalities. This blogpost will provide some ideas on how this could be done, and under which conditions this could work.

Port operator APM Terminals to develop a new transshipment terminal in Tangier with an annual capacity of five million TEUs.

The manufacturing and maritime industries have a problem: young workers no longer view them as highly attractive employment opportunities. What can be done? Plenty, says Senior Executive Search Consultant Oliver Helvin at KWR, but it needs to be done fast.

In the past eleven years, the CAGR of global container port traffic including 2009 crisis effect showed a steady growth rate at first glance. It sounds promising that world container trade will grow at an acceptable rate.


  • Congestion and berthing delays down compared to first half of 2015
  • Consistent overall improvements in average reliability on both Europe and
    Asian trades into African ports between July and December in SeaIntel’s
    Global Liner Performance Report, compared with the first six months of 2015.
  • Significant escalation by carriers in cascading larger tonnage into Africa trades
  • Lines commence sailing around Africa on some East-West trades trading off
    lower bunker prices versus Panama and Suez passage fees
  • Port expansions planned for Lagos, Durban, Lamu and Bagamoyo delayed or
    on hold
  • Senior Management of Port Authorities of Kenya and Tanzania replaced;
    tender for second container terminal in Mombasa suspended

The Up For Sale Tecon Sepetiba container terminal in Brazil’s state of Rio de Janeiro has received 10 non-binding  “proposals from companies interested in buying it”, according to the box facility’s owners Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN). The purchase price is believed to be in the Reais1.2 billion to Reais1.5 billion ($371 million) range, according to a former Sepetiba Tecon executive, and Advent International is considered favourite to win the bid, according to various sources in Rio de Janeiro.

Oliver Helvin, senior associate at KWR, explains how a lack of board diversity and corporate governance might be holding back terminal operators.

Investment now stands at USD 6.2 billion to expand and upgrade terminal network to meet future growth.

Grup Maritim TCB’s 11 terminal portfolio is largest acquisition to date.

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