There is a saying that if you see one port, you have seen them all. Others will say, if you see one port, you have only seen one port. I would add when you see one port, you see one port for that day, as traffic patterns can change quite a bit. That was the issue here, as several presenters discussed the lower traffic in the port was the result decline after a surge of cargo moved to Britain prior to the last Brexit deadline.
After a great introductory presentation, we drove around the port, which handles a lot of autos! We first toured the facilities in the morning, while it rained, only to see it clear up later that day.
The question of Brexit remained a constant topic. The Port of Zeebrugge is a major gateway between Europe and the United Kingdom. Traffic through Zeebrugge remains integrated into supply chains for British retailers, even to the point of handling larger trucks, which are allowed in the UK, but not in the EU.
It was a great visit, hearing the presenters talk about importing fresh fruit, how interdependent the UK was for EU firms stocking their shelves, and how the port itself developed. (There is a lot of rail in Zeebrugee. They can build European block trains at the port.)
It was a great visit, but at the end of a long day, sometimes you are just ready to take the bus back!
May 19-21, 2019 • New Orleans, LA • Royal Sonesta Hotel
The Mississippi River is normally considered to be a fixed entity. Old Man River just keeps Rollin’ and Rollin’, but really the river is a dynamic entity, creating and responding to the environment through which it flows. There have been many discussions regarding the Mississippi River and especially the Lower Mississippi River, as a international corridor. The supply chains that depend upon the River are many, but so too is the socio-economic relationship of the river to the region. I hope to do more with this work, as there is much to explore concerning supply chain risks and understanding the associated response to large asymmetrical events. (I gave a similar presentation to the New Orleans Regional Planning Council Freight Roundtable a few years ago.) I would love to hear any comments you have on this topic, as I plan to do more research along this line.
Conceptualizing the Economic Impacts of a Mississippi River Avulsion (Draft Agenda)
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 1:30 am to 3 pm
Moderator: Lynn Kennedy, Louisiana State University
Discussion Panel James Barnet, Mississippi Department of Archives and History (retired) Patrice Lazard, Louisiana State University Bruce Lambert, Metro Analytics Chris Mclindon, New Orleans Geological Society Michael Miner, Water institute of the Gulf TBA
Attached is an image from the New Orleans Board of Trade, which I hope you find is an interesting graphic.