The awarding of seaport terminals to private operators: current practices and viewpoints in European ports
Institute for Transport en Maritime Management (ITMMA)
European Transport: International Journal of Transport Economics, Engineering & Law
Proceedings of the IAME2009 Conference, International Association of Maritime Economists, Copenhagen, June 24-26, 2009
University of Antwerp
The awarding of port services to private operators has become one of the most important tools for port authorities to retain some control on the organization and structure of the supply side of the terminal market. This paper discusses the awarding of terminals in European ports from an EU legal and policy context. It also seeks to provide in-depth information on current practices and perceptions of port authorities around Europe on tendering and contractual arrangements linked to the awarding of terminals. The relevant issues relate to the terminal awarding processes, the duration of the terminal award contract and the contract stipulations. The paper also seeks to understand whether the practices are influenced by factors such as terminal size, the competitive environment in which the port operates and the geographical location.