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The relationship between port choice and terminal involvement of alliance members in container shipping
Notteboom, T.E.; Parola, F.; Satta, G.; Pallis, A.A. (2017). The relationship between port choice and terminal involvement of alliance members in container shipping. J. Transp. Geogr. 64: 158-173.
In: Journal of Transport Geography. Butterworth-Heinemann: Oxford. ISSN 0966-6923; e-ISSN 1873-1236, meer
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Author keywords
    Port choice; Vertical integration; Strategic alliance; Containershipping

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  • Notteboom, T.E., meer
  • Parola, F.
  • Satta, G.
  • Pallis, A.A.

    This paper examines in which ways the changing organizational routines of shipping (i.e., alliance formation and vertical integration in container terminal operations) are affecting the selection of ports of call in intercontinental liner service networks. It first provides a conceptual analysis of the interplay between changes (a) in the organizational routines of shipping lines as part of alliances, (b) the organizational routines at the level of terminal operations (i.e. direct carrier equity involvement in terminal operations) and (c) in port calling patterns. The empirical part examines the relationship between port choice of alliance members and the direct involvement of shipping lines in container terminals in North-West European ports. It does so using binary and non-binary data on the evolution of calling patterns on the North Europe-Far East trade from 2006 to 2017. In addition, the changes in both alliance formation during that period and in the container terminal involvement of carriers in North West European ports are addressed. By examining the relationship between port calling patterns of alliances and the terminal interests of alliance members, the paper addresses an under-researched theme in the extant literature on port choice/selection by carriers. The paper is also of value to port managers and shipping professionals in view of port strategy and planning decisions, as well as shipping strategy formulation.

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