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Structural changes in logistics: how will port authorities face the challenge?

Theo Notteboom and Willy Winkelmans

Maritime Policy & Management, 2001, vol. 28, issue 1, 71-89

Abstract: The market environment in which ports operate has changed dramatically, and this continuous process of change raises questions on the role of port authorities. This paper discusses the impact of some structural changes in international trade, transport and shipping on strategic and operational issues in the framework of port management. The central hypothesis put forward is that a successful port (authority), like a successful actor, must be prepared to constantly adopt new roles in order to cope with the changing market environment. The content and strategic scope of these new roles are highlighted, especially with regard to the European container port system.

Date: 2001
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