Global pandemics and transport systems in an age of disruptions

The Coronavirus is the most recent in a list of global pandemics – and it is the most impactful. The human and economic costs of Covid-19 go far beyond those of Sars, the Swine flu or Ebola. Its immediate impact on transport activity has been nothing short of dramatic. Will it also change human mobility and freight transport in the long run? Continue reading Global pandemics and transport systems in an age of disruptions

How shipping got its own Paris Agreement – and what that means

On Friday, 13 April, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and its member states agreed on an absolute target to reduce shipping emission “at least” 50% by 2050. Is this agreement a historic achievement or a collection of weasel words? How did we get here? And what still needs to be done? Continue reading How shipping got its own Paris Agreement – and what that means

Rough waters for container shipping. Why Hanjin, the world’s seventh largest container line, went under

Olaf Merk, Ports and Shipping Project Manager, International Transport Forum. We are co-publishing with the OECD Insights blog. Sad news. After months – even years – of pain and suffering, the South Korean container shipping company Hanjin finally sank and passed away. Not just any casualty, but the largest shipping bankruptcy in history: Hanjin was the world’s seventh biggest container line with a fleet of … Continue reading Rough waters for container shipping. Why Hanjin, the world’s seventh largest container line, went under