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The aim of this website is to provide insights into the world of logistics and how it is changing with a particular focus on how developments impact on Ireland.  We bring together the expertise of a diverse range of professionals who address various logistics related topics, but with one common overriding aim: how we can ensure that Ireland, and the organisations that call it home, has a world class logistics system.

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News & Commentary

The Largest Ports in the UK

Although Brexit may disrupt trade flows, the UK will remain Ireland’s largest single trading partner and a key route to Europe. These UK ports are important for Irish trade flows to many destinations.

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Who’s in the Logistics Hall of Fame?

It may not be as high profile as some other such awards, and being inducted is certainly not as glamourous, but the logistics Hall of Fame aims to recognise major contributions and improve the profile of the logistics profession.

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Container Shipping Rates Have Never Been Higher

International container shipping rates have been rising rapidly. Causes include the recovery from COVID, fiscal stimulus and blockages in supply chains. Rates seem unlikely to fall before next year.

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Port Infrastructure and Economic Growth

Good infrastructure in and around ports is generally considered to be important to Ireland’s economy. But just how important? What is the relationship between investment in port infrastructure and economic growth?

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Why Megaships Like Ever Given Became So Huge

The growth in the size of megaships is driven by a number of efficiencies but there are also difficulties, such as the recent Suez Canal blockage, that may indicate a limit is nearby.

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Post-COVID Recovery, Supply Chains and Prices

As economies begin to recover from the COVID slowdown, supply chains are under pressure and constraints are likely. A slower recovery along with higher prices and longer term inflation are real dangers.

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Revision of Energy Efficiency Policy

Proposals have been published for the revision of national regulations under the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive to cover 2021 to 2030. There are important issues for the transport sector that require attention.

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The Trucking Industry has Begun to Turn Electric

The trucking industry has begun to turn electric, although progress is slow. There are reasons to expect that passenger transport will take even longer.

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Suez Disruption Shows Need to Review Supply Chains

The Suez Canal blockage highlights the need to review key supply lines as this is not the only time such problems have arisen. Other countries are reacting and Ireland must also.

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Lessons from the Suez Canal Blockage

The Ever Given, with 18,300 containers on board, blocked the Suez Canal for a week before being dislodged. A maritime security expert identifies lessons.

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Supply Chains Become Self-Thinking

In the not-too-distant future, the supply chain will think by itself. The potential benefits for efficiency, security and cost savings are only beginning to be realised.

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Ships and Cargo are Getting Smarter

Ships and cargo are getting smarter with more automation and better tracking reducing losses, damage and incidental costs.

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Five Innovations that Could Shape the Future of Rail Travel

Many of the design concepts in rail travel haven’t changed in decades. A number of new technologies promise real benefits in the near future.

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Contributors

John Mangan

Professor of Logistics

John is Professor of Logistics in the School of Engineering at the University of Newcastle and is Visiting Professor at the School of Business in Trinity College Dublin. Read more.

Kevin Hannigan

Economic Consultant

Kevin is an economist and is Managing Partner of KHSK Economic Consultants.  He writes on linkages between economic policy and performance. Read more.

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