OECD: the power of alliances could prompt a rethink of port policies, especially in Europe.

The issue of maritime alliances is the focus of the latest report by the ITF, which shows that the concentration of container ship owners is currently impacting on quality and service. There is real pressure on terminal and port operators, whose development is partly funded by the public sector. The ITF is calling for competition law to be applied in full to shipping, port projects to be assessed on common principles and standards, and finally a rethink of national and supra-regional port policies. Continue reading

Melbourne: revised project for Fishermans Bend

The State Government of Victoria had announced its intention to promote a model development on the site between the port, the Yarra River and the bay, housing 80,000 people by 2050. The proposal had attracted 26 projects by developers at the start of this year, and the prospect of a forest of skyscrapers stirred up debate. The number and height of the tower-blocks will be regulated, and the inclusion of low-cost housing will be a condition for acceptance. The new district must also be compatible with port needs.

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