1. Understanding the port industry
This introductory module provides a broad overview of ports, including a definition of ports, a ranking of the largest ports worldwide, an overview of perspectives to analyse ports, typologies of ports, the main commodities handled in ports and throughput drivers of these commodities.
2. Trends & developments in the port industry
This module describes in detail important trends & developments that impact the port industry, including changing trade patterns, changing supply chain structures (e.g. due to 3D printing), new technologies in transport, integration in transport corridors, and changes in the energy mix.
3. Port governance & reform
This module discusses the role and institutional position of the port authority, the importance and mechanisms of cooperation in ports, the business model of port authorities and challenges and successes in port reform.
4. Port planning & development
This module treats all aspects of port planning and development, such as forecasting, the economic impacts of port development and flexibility in port. Best cases and planning mistakes are discussed.
5. Business development in ports
This module provides concepts and tools for port authorities to become more entrepreneurial in attracting new companies & investments to their ports.
6. Concessions in ports
This module discusses in detail the use of concessions as instruments in port development, detailing the different types of concessions and lessons learned when implementing concessions.
7. Container shipping strategies and port implications
This module provides an in-depth overview of container shipping, a key market for ports.
8. Container terminal operators and terminal operations
This module provides an in-depth overview of port terminal operations, business models and strategies. Most common internationalization strategies of terminal operating companies are critically analyzed by discussing insightful case studies.
9. Port performance indicators
This module discusses the use of port performance indicators, reviews widely used indicators and identifies the most relevant indicators to measure the performance of a port as well as a port authority.
10. Port policies
This module discusses policy choices for regional, national and supra-national policy-makers, on such issues as competition regulation, institutional structures of port authorities, environmental policies and public funding of port infrastructure. Best cases and failed policy approaches are identified.
11. Port strategies
This module discusses strategies of port authorities and other port development companies, and identifies potential sources of competitive advantage.
12. Stakeholder management in ports
This module discusses the various stakeholders of ports, their relevance and attitudes, and methods to effectively involve stakeholders in port development (plans).
13. Port hinterlands & logistics
This module discusses transport modes to serve port hinterlands, initiatives to strengthen hinterland corridors, the importance of coordination for efficiency in hinterland transport and policies and strategies to promote intermodal transport. Best practices of initiatives to improve services to the hinterland are discussed.
14. Developing cruise ports
With cruise being among the dynamic port sectors, this module offers an in-depth expertise of the distinctive characteristics of the cruise markets; analyses their implications for the organisation of the port industry; and provides a toolbox of the best practices for effectively and efficiently managing and developing different types cruise ports.