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Espaces portuaires

Jean-François Eck
Pierre Tilly
Béatrice Touchelay

I. Articuler lieux et espaces

Unintended Consequences – The Port of London and the interconnection of ports in Northwest Europe

Alasdair Clarke

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The Ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Hamburg dominate trade in Northwestern Europe, each handling over 100 million tonnes of cargo a year with Rotterdam well in the lead with 440 million tonnes. London is clearly Second Division with its 50 million tonnes. But the Port of London enjoyed a prominence for many centuries and the question is how did it achieve this prominence and why has it declined – or indeed has it? After all, the estuaries of the Elbe, Rhine and Scheldt have always been far better places to build ports.

This question is important as governments and port authorities have an active interest in finding out the dynamics of estuaries as generators of wealth and employment, including the employment of academics, policy makers and consultants which is generated by attempts to answer this question.

This paper will briefly try to outline the historical processes that led to the genesis and development of the Port of London as an aspect of the methodology used in anal...


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