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Panama Canal expansion: Too little, too late?

Leaks in the locks have hindered the expansion of the Panama Canal

As delegates gathered in Panama City for the TOC Americas show, the Panama Canal was naturally the centre of attention and the subject of many urgent questions. Will it be ready on time? Will it be big enough? Which ports will benefit? The conference opened with a speech from Jorge Quijano, the boss of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), who ... Read More »

Is the privatisation of the Port of Melbourne really a done deal?

The Port of Melbourne is being fought over in the State parliament
Credit: David Wallace

In the container industry and in Australian politics, it seems to be accepted that the Port of Melbourne will be privatised by the State of Victoria. This view has been reinforced by comments such as those by Australia’s deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, who told the International Transport Forum yesterday that “the Port of Melbourne is about to be sold ... Read More »

Protecting the pie: Global tensions are filtering through to the container industry

The effects from Russia's economic stutter may filter to container shipping
Credit: Jürg Vollmer

In years gone by, it was easy to accept the notion that economic prosperity and free market collaboration were inextricably linked. Indeed, the first half of the last decade provided significant economic growth for many of the world’s developed economies and the emerging market BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries began to take off. However, the era when British ... Read More »