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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.


Maritime Cities: Building the connected cluster

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

Ship operations Political and Trade Regulation

Maritime cities must learn the advantages of cluster thinking

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 

Hong Kong Singapore Political Risk and Trade

Shanghai: Hopes for future rest on expanding free trade zone

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

Asia Pacific Ports and Logistics Ship operations

London: Legacy of maritime expertise

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

Europe London United Kingdom

Hong Kong: City’s role to be transformed

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

Asia Pacific Containers Finance

Singapore: Lion City roars to the top

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

Asia Pacific Singapore Containers

Tokyo: Japan’s mega city punches below its weight

Surveys of Tokyo’s relative status among its peers suggest it ranks lower than it should on a world scale 

Asia Pacific Japan Ports and Logistics

Dubai: Giant rises from the desert

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

Middle East and Africa United Arab Emirates DP World

Athens: Playing a defensive game

In one top maritime city survey published earlier this year, Athens loitered in 13th place overall, but was ranked in first place for shipping

International Greece Ports and Logistics

Copenhagen: Traditional but diverse industry looks set for bright future

Danes keep their strong maritime traditions alive through collaboration

Denmark Finance People

New York: Inextricably linked to both maritime and finance

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

US States Finance Ports and Logistics

Hamburg: Bowed but not broken

With an enviable talent pool, Hamburg is diversifying to ensure it keeps its role as Germany’s premier shipping centre

Europe Germany Hapag Lloyd

Oslo: Modern maritime capital

A leader in technology and a shipping hub, Oslo could become shipping’s sustainability capital

Norway Environment Finance

Mumbai: Port heads in right direction

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

Asia Pacific India Ports and Logistics

Vancouver: Banking on expansion

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

Canada Containers Ports and Logistics