United States (US) represents one fifth of the world economy (GDP of 17 400 billion $). It is considered the world’s largest economy. It also counts for 19 924 kilometers of marine coastline, 6 000 kilometers of river length and 250 000 km2 area of its Great Lakes.  With all these assets, why doesn’t it hold shipping capacity in the world ? The US has become international success in many fields such as automotive, information technology, aeronautics , chemistry, and culture sectors. But, why not in maritime sector ?
Those following figures illustrate the paradox. In 2015, among the … Lire la suite
The Government of Canada claims that the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will give Canadian companies preferential access to 500 million European consumers, a market evaluated at $ 18 trillion. Accordingly, bilateral trade would increase by 20 percent and would increase Canada’s GDP by $ 12 billion a year. This would create nearly 80,000 new jobs and increase the average Canadian household’s annual income by $ 1,000. 
Are these predictions realistic ? What are the business opportunities for transport and maritime companies? In order to answer … Lire la suite
A flag of convenience is the flag of a vessel for which the actual property and control are located in a country other than that of the flag under which it is registered. For the owners of these vessels, the benefits are numerous, including in the field of taxation, of security or labor law.
It is a phenomenon related to globalization. In 2015, they represented 71% of the total tonnage of the merchant navy.  The world fleet operated under 152 pavilions. Three of these pavilions, Panama, Liberia and Marshall Islands accounted for 42.8% of … Lire la suite
The systems of transportation by barge have long been used as an alternative to land transport. This mean of transportation is competitive to trains and trucks. In addition, it significantly allows the reduction of the environmental footprint of the transport of goods.
There are two major segments in the market, long and the short distance.
Long-distance is used in large rivers, such as Mississippi, Rhine, Danube and St Lawrence in transporting the goods from one end to the other of the continents.
This system is competitive to trains and trucks, but its performance depends greatly … Lire la suite