The Evolving Role of EU Seaports in Global Maritime Logistics - Capacities, Challenges and Strategies

15-10-2009

The market environment for seaborne trade has changed considerably within the last 15 years. Globalisation, offshoring and the unprecedented growth of containerisation have led to changes in maritime transport and logistics chains. The worldwide economic downturn of 2008-2009 has also had an impact on the ports and maritime sectors. Most ports and shipowners have experienced decreasing freight volumes or throughputs. This study aims to explain the impact of these developments on seaports and to formulate recommendations for the European Parliament.

The market environment for seaborne trade has changed considerably within the last 15 years. Globalisation, offshoring and the unprecedented growth of containerisation have led to changes in maritime transport and logistics chains. The worldwide economic downturn of 2008-2009 has also had an impact on the ports and maritime sectors. Most ports and shipowners have experienced decreasing freight volumes or throughputs. This study aims to explain the impact of these developments on seaports and to formulate recommendations for the European Parliament.

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Karel Vanroye and Bart van Mol (Buck Consultants International) with the support of Catram Consultants and Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL)