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Maritime Cities: Building the connected cluster
The world has moved on and technology has in many ways made shipping, and the service sectors that support it, location-agnostic. Cities looking to sustain their maritime business and able to provide the all-inclusive package are still in the game, but it’s a bad time to be niche, or worse, average. Lloyd’s List explores how the major maritime cities are adapting to this new landscape.
Heritage is best left to the tourist board. It will be the maritime cities that facilitate collaboration, connect and integrate shipping with the rest of the supply chain, technology talent, finance, logistics and adjacent sectors, that next generation shipping businesses will gravitate towards
Hong Kong is in the throes of political turmoil, however most maritime hubs have concerns. One way to mitigate disruption is to think of a maritime city as a node in a connected network: part of a cluster
A new round of policy support is creating opportunities for the city to establish its maritime excellence that extends its reach beyond the port sector
Britannia no longer rules the waves, but London's world-beating cluster of white-collar shipping services leaves the UK capital with fair claim to be one of the world's major maritime centres
With competitor ports taking volumes, Hong Kong will have to work at projects such as the Greater Bay Area development to ensure it stays competitive
Singapore has its eye set on extending its clout from the physical to virtual — the maritime nation now seeks a key role in facilitating the digitalisation of global trade flows
Surveys of Tokyo’s relative status among its peers suggest it ranks lower than it should on a world scale
Dubai is firmly on the map as a global tourist and business destination and, while it may currently be playing catch-up in the maritime stakes, it is certainly not lying still
In one top maritime city survey published earlier this year, Athens loitered in 13th place overall, but was ranked in first place for shipping
Danes keep their strong maritime traditions alive through collaboration
While there are no longer ships docked at New York piers the same way as in the past, the city remains a major container port and is arguably going through a maritime renaissance, utilising its waterfront to a greater degree than at any time since World War Two
With an enviable talent pool, Hamburg is diversifying to ensure it keeps its role as Germany’s premier shipping centre
A leader in technology and a shipping hub, Oslo could become shipping’s sustainability capital
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi wants to brand Mumbai as a favourable location for international maritime companies by allowing 100% direct foreign investment. His efforts so far have enjoyed some success in the shipbuilding sector and in the construction and maintenance of ports and harbours
A dispute over rival expansion plans is costing time, money and effort — all of which could be better spent on moving Vancouver forward in the hope of maintaining its momentum as one of the world’s top maritime cities
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