Seminar on “Should ports focus on their core business?”

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Department of Economics, National University of Singapore
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

present a seminar on

Should ports focus on their core business?

11 December 2013, Wednesday

National University of Singapore, AS7 #01-Auditorium
Shaw Foundation Building, 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570


Manufacturing and global supply chains have been become nimble and flexible as customers expect immediate and fast delivery of their orders. In this competitive environment, factories re-locate to maintain profit margins, taking advantage of low costs of labour, land, connectivity and tax breaks. Added to this is the uncertainty in the global economy as players realigned themselves to compete and at the same instance cooperate. One outcome we observe in the maritime and logistics industry is overcapacity in vessel and port capacity putting immense pressure on pricing and profit margins. The industry faces its toughest times since the invention of containerization in 1956 as the relationships facing the maritime industry grow more complex and port operators face the possibility of slack. This seminar gathers prominent academicians with practical experience to share what the sector is like to evolve in the future and how port operators will have to position itself to take advantage of these dynamic changes.

-Professor Jose L. Tongzon, Inha University, South Korea
-Dr Hong-Oanh Nguyen, University of Tasmania, Australia
-Professor Thierry Vanelslander, University of Antwerp, Belgium
-Professor Zhang Anming, University of British Columbia, Canada
-Professor Paul Lee, Soochow University, Taiwan

The speakers have in total 180 years research experience in the economic analysis of the transport and logistics Industry, maritime freight market, port development, international trade and development, business economics in the port and maritime sector. The speakers have well balanced research in academia and industry being consultants to various international, regional and national public and private entities.

08:50 Welcome and Opening Address
09:00 Seminar Presentations
10:00 Panel Discussion
11:00 Tea Reception

Admission is free and all are welcome; we would appreciate if you could e-register HERE.

Additional Details

Contact Person - Assoc Prof Anthony Chin

Contact Number - +65 6516 3959

Organizer - NUS & MPA


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11 Dec 2013 @ 08:50 AM

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