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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.

Logistics Hall of Fame

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.

port infrastructure and economic growth

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?

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.

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.

lessons from the suez canal blockage

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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