Shipping Companies Strategies and Mediterranean Ports Competitiveness

19 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

The object of this paper is to explore the attractiveness of Mediterranean ports and their potential activity as gateway-terminals and hub ports, particularly in terms of the wealth of the surrounding regions.

There is recognition that:

- the liner shipping market has acquired a truly global dimension;

- liner shipping companies have consolidated their position;

- for liner shipping companies the Mediterranean is no longer a simple linking channel but instead a strategic localization for transshipment.

The globalisation and concentration of the liner shipping industry is strongly emphasized. The phenomenon of consolidation is also producing a visible dimensional increase among leading forwarders and logistics providers. While shipping companies control maritime legs, forward providers control inland legs and they are joining forces to master a larger market. However, this development is not yet observed in the Mediterranean zone, although the Mediterranean offers great potential for container throughput.

Keywords: Containers, ports, Mediterranean competitiveness, hub - spokes, transshipment, intermodal

JEL Classification: L99, L19, R49

Suggested Citation

Foschi, Alga D. and Cazzaniga Francesetti, Dionisia, Shipping Companies Strategies and Mediterranean Ports Competitiveness. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=275158 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.275158

Alga D. Foschi (Contact Author)

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Dionisia Cazzaniga Francesetti

University of Pisa - Department of Economics ( email )

via Ridolfi 10
I-56100 Pisa, PI 56100
Italy

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