Technical Papers - Port Focus
The Port of Seville is the only inland seaport in Spain. It is a core port within the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T), being part of the Mediterranean Corridor. It is located on the 80 kilometre Guadalquivir EuroWay waterway that runs from Seville to the coast and forms part of the TEN-T. But the Port of Seville is also an important logistics hub that serves a population of over one million people, maintaining a dominant position in certain logistic corridors, especially in the Madrid-Seville-Canary Islands corridor. Being an inland port facilitates cargo access to the city of Seville and the surrounding area, but it also introduces some major problems related to the navigability in the estuary, as the shallow depth of the waterway limits the size of vessls calling at the port.
Shipping lines’ recent strategy shifts have strained market conditions, highlighted by the ultimate collapse of Hanjin Shipping in February 2017. Hanjin Shipping accounted for approximately 10% of all container handling at Busan ports, so its demise pushed Busan Port Authority (BPA) into the red, with total container handling plunging 0.1% in 2016 from 2015.
Recent Chinese policy evolution and directions on port governance have managerial implications for Chinese ports, local port groups and port bureaus. Three main principles underpin these policies: an increased focus on port integration and cooperation, a strong orientation towards hinterland development, and the opening-up of the Chinese port sector to both accepting investment from and investing in foreign entities.
Strategically located at the entry point to the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, Cartagena Bay is home to one of the main port systems in Colombia. This is why reinforcing logistics services and upgrading infrastructure are the main goals for APM Terminals (APMT) and COMPAS in the Cartagena Container Terminal Operator (CCTO) joint venture, created in January, 2016.
The Port of Shanghai is located in one of China's most economically developed cities, situated at the middle of the 18,000 kilometre-long Chinese coastline, where the Yangtze River flows into the sea. As the direct hinterland of the Port of Shanghai, the Yangtze Economic Zone contributes more than 40% of the GDP of China, as well as 25% of the nation’s total import and export cargos.