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BTJ 4/15 - Focus: European shipyards. An (un)expected ending?

Publication date: 2015-08-31

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BTJ 4/15 - Focus: European shipyards. An (un)expected ending?

The European shipbuilding sector isn't a drowning man, but its importance as a ship supplier has decreased, playing today second fidle to the continent's maritime sector.

While assembling steel plates for hulls is nowadays an art more popular in the Far East, Europe's shipyards tell a story of sometimes unexpected twists in the plot. In 2014, European shipyards delivered about 230 seagoing ships with a gross tonnage (GT) of at least 100 each, totalling GT 1.86 mln, which equals 3.0% of the GT 64.4 mln world production. 

An (un)expected ending by Marek Błuś

The 4/2015 issue of Baltic Transport Journal in the Focus section features also:

  • Rails-to-reforms. The past, the present and the future of Ukraine's railways, by Kateryna Grushevska, Theo Notteboom, Andrii Shkliar:

Across the world rail markets have been subjected to deregulation and liberalisation meant to im prove the efficiency of railway operations and to stimulate competition, all in order to increase rail’s share in a country's or region’s modal split. The railway liberalisation in the EU towards a more open market and a clear division of roles between infrastructure managers and railway operators is well documented. Reforms taking place elsewhere in Europe have received far less attention.

  • Flexibility is key. Interview with Kim Pedersen, executive vice President GeoDis Freight Forwarding, by Przemysław Myszka:

"Fast" is a desirable description of your business if you're running a logistics company. However, it's not only about moving goods from A to B, but also responding to sudden changes, long-lasting challenges as well as the clients' new requirements. We talk with Kim Pedersen about GEODIS' ventures outside Europe, the company's overall performance and new image, shipping alliances, as well as recent changes across the logistics sector.

  • Hold back on growth. Capacity constraints affcting car transporters, by Mike Sturgeon:

Since the fiancial crisis of 2007, the automotive industry has experienced considerable diffilties with the worst hit markets demonstrating sales reductions of up to 70%. Since 2008, the vehicle logistics operators have been downsizing signifiantly to match resources to declining demand. The market has also been characterised by consolidation and inevitably bankruptcies. Even today, and especially in the Baltic region, there are hundreds of car transporters owned by banks and leasing companies rusting away in compounds.

  • One Belt, One Road. The new silk road and the Baltic sea region, by Maciej Bochra:

China is going global. After a rocketing GDP transformation made in-house, the Chinese state and privately-owned enterprises are turning towards foreign direct investment. The so-called One Belt, One Road initiative will create a New Silk Road Economic Belt, which will not only rail & sea connect the main industrial cities in China with the biggest trading centres, but will also bring new development opportunities, including for countries of the Baltic Sea region.

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