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The container port and terminal business is changing rapidly. Against a background of globalisation-driven rapid demand growth, the sector has been attracting massive new inward investment – both from operating companies and external investors.

This means that the pressures on terminal operations and development strategies are changing very rapidly. In addition, the general political environment within which terminals are operated is becoming much more environmentally sensitive. All these factors combine to place very great pressures on the sector.

This new study – prepared from the perspectives of both objective economic appraisal and from operations – defines the issues that will determine the correct strategies for terminal development in the coming period.

The study includes a review of :

The major trends shaping the market and the implications for port and terminal development
Forecast demand growth by region and type
The impact of new industry structures
An analysis of productivity and regional trends
A definition of changes in the terminal market place
An analysis of port-wide service and cost levels – the true position
The effects of emerging new rules and regulations
Tendering approaches to container terminals
A guide to reducing the environmental impact and congestion levels in container terminals
OSC, and our associates, have unrivalled expertise in the container terminal sector and can bring together objective economic appraisal of demand growth with specific experience in the fields of terminal marketing, operations and development.

Key specialists in these fields have prepared this study and it is designed as a tool for those involved in developing and positioning existing and greenfield ports and container terminals.

Table of Contents:

Part I – Forces Shaping the Container Terminal Sector

A period of far reaching change is underway for container terminals. Ship sizes are getting much bigger and this means more transshipment. The globalisation of demand is being reflected in acquisitions and mergers for shipping lines and terminal operating companies. At the same time, the pressure for greater economy is intensifying.

How does a port or terminal operator position to make the most of these opportunities? The study considers these issues and presents a summary of latest regional and global container port forecasts from the OSC container port model.

Major issues covered include :

1 Can container trade maintain its rapid growth?

The penetration of containerisation into the general cargo trades

Possible limits to trade growth

The role of transshipment

2 Increasing vessel size and port implications

The market role of the Ultra Large Container Ship

The impact of the new Panamax designs Shipping requirements for feedering

The trade-off between scale economies and port time

3 The role of the international stevedores

Market breakdown by region

Emergence of new players

4 Terminal productivity – an update

5 Forecast Overview – latest OSC demand projections

Economic scenarios for growth

Risk analysis – where are the greatest uncertainties?

Demand projections by region

Container transshipment and feedering

Part II – Strategies and Tactics for Container Terminals

Placing container terminal operations to meet market requirements is critical. The industry is changing rapidly, with new structures emerging in relations between shipping lines, terminal operators and cargo owners. All of this is happening as the level of legislation and rules becomes ever more complex. The study provides a detailed analysis of these issues.

At the same time, private capital is rushing into the business and this has far-reaching implications for tendering and privatisation in the terminal sector. The study provides a detailed assessment of the following key areas :

1 Industry dynamics: emerging new industry structures

Trends with shippers and consignees

Logistics service provider trends

Trends in the container terminal operator sector

Developments in container shipping

New intermediaries

2 Industry reform – the effects of emerging rules and legislation

Promoting free markets

Reducing pollution

Improving safety and security

Intervening politics and other powers

3 Competitive assessment of port-wide service and cost levels

Definition and assessment of portwide service levels

Definition and assessment of portwide costs

Assessing the competitive position

4 Effective tendering of container terminals


Case description

Port objectives

Tender process

Selection criteria

Financial compensation schemes


5 The impact of growing influence of merchants on port strategy

The growing merchant influence

Shipper and consignee port selection criteria

The impact of growing influence of merchants on port strategy

6 Fifty ways to ease air pollution

Port air pollution

Why contribute to easing air pollution?

Fifty ways to ease air pollution

7 Re-inventing the liner terminal

The need for innovative terminal set-ups

The hybrid liner terminal

The best of both worlds

The hybrid liner terminal: the dedicated capacity concept

8 Sixty ways to ease port congestion

The impact of port congestion

Sixty ways to ease port congestion

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