ANNUAL REPORT 2006-2007
Foreword by Theo Notteboom,
President of ITMMA -
University of Antwerp
It is important that policy initiatives are based on a sound knowledge of market processes. This is especially relevant in the context of the preparations for a European seaport policy which the European Commission has embarked upon. European ports find themselves embedded in ever-changing economic and logistics systems. The environment creates a high degree of uncertainty and leaves European port managers puzzled with the question how to respond effectively to market dynamics.
In order to shed light on the market environment of seaports, the ESPO Annual Report 2006-2007 contains a large section on market developments in European seaports. This part of the Annual Report analyses five markets: the container market, the RoRo market, the market for conventional general cargo, the liquid bulk market and the dry bulk market. Detailed statistics on cargo handling in European seaports for 2005-2006 are provided as well as an overview of main developments and trends in each of the market segments. The report aims for a balanced approach covering all port regions in Europe and large as well as mid-sized and small ports.
The market report, which was written by my colleague Bert Vernimmen and myself, has been realized within the framework of the existing service agreement between the European Sea Ports Organisation and the Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp (ITMMA), an institute of the University of Antwerp. Over the years, ITMMA has acquired a leading position in the fields of transport economics, including maritime economics, port economics and logistics. The activities of ITMMA include research and consultancy, master and postgraduate programs, short-term specialized courses, tailor-made courses and events and conferences. ITMMA is determined to continue developing activities fostering the European seaport industry. We therefore greatly value the partnership with ESPO.
I am confident the market report will be of some practical value to your professional activities and I hope it will advance our shared understanding and knowledge of European ports.
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