The Impact of 'Hub and Spokes' Port Networks on Transport Systems

21 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2001

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Alga D. Foschi

University of Pisa - Department of Economics

Dionisia Cazzaniga Francesetti

University of Pisa - Department of Economics

Abstract

This paper centers on recent developments in the maritime liner container shipping industry.

Investigation focuses on the trade-offs between hub and spokes (H&S) organization of ports and ship size, between H&S and intermodalism, between H&S and development of forwarders, taking into account that all the above phenomena are strongly interrelated.

Discussion also addresses more extremist H&S scenarios that interpret maritime container transport as a single large grid of mega hubs, and more reasonable scenarios that also allow for reinforcement of interregional maritime trade.

The development of forwarders is interpreted as an effect of the synergy between transportation and logistics.

The influence of economic policy on certain growth trends is also mentioned.

Keywords: Hub and spokes, intermodalism, containership size, forwarders, Mediterranean ports

JEL Classification: L99, R49, L19

Suggested Citation

Foschi, Alga D. and Cazzaniga Francesetti, Dionisia, The Impact of 'Hub and Spokes' Port Networks on Transport Systems. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=275156 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.275156

Alga D. Foschi (Contact Author)

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Dionisia Cazzaniga Francesetti

University of Pisa - Department of Economics ( email )

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I-56100 Pisa, PI 56100
Italy

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