Container Port Strategy Roundtable
Summary and Conclusions
This report examines how ports can accommodate changes in maritime transport (such as the arrival of mega-ships) while adapting to developments in the hinterland (notably in their host cities). It presents considerations and recommendations for policy-makers to help find a mutually beneficial balance between port and city, with a special section dedicated to Buenos Aires and its container port. The publication summarises the results of a Roundtable held in Buenos Aires in 2017.
The most competitive ports of the future will be those that most effectively accommodate developments in maritime shipping whilst successfully adapting to developments in the hinterland. Most major ports are located in cities and tensions between landward and maritime side policies are frequent; achieving mutually acceptable interactions between port and city is crucial. The challenges container ports face and the problems they have to solve were addressed at an ITF Roundtable on Container Port Strategy organised in Buenos Aires in April 2017. Buenos Aires and its neighbouring ports exemplify the issues faced by many city ports and the location of the meeting was chosen to help inform policy making both nationally and internationally.