Cargo volumes in the European port system
Institute for Transport en Maritime Management (ITMMA)
New York, N.Y.
Port technology international : the review of advanced technologies for ports and terminals world-wide. - New York, N.Y.
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University of Antwerp
An earlier contribution in Port Technology International titled Recent traffic dynamics in the European container port system [issue 58] discussed the impact of the crisis on the port hierarchy in the European container system. The focus was mainly on the evolving traffic position in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of specific multi-port container gateway regions in Europe. In this contribution we analyse the recent changes in the total cargo volumes in European ports as well as in specific cargo groups. We also discuss the relevance of focusing on port throughput as an indicator of a ports success. This contribution is largely based on the authors keynote presentation delivered during the annual conference of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) in Varna, Bulgaria at the end of May 2013.