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Ports and Networks
Strategies, Operations and Perspectives

ISBN 9781472485038
Published August 16, 2017 by Routledge
406 Pages 67 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Written by leading experts in the field, this book offers an introduction to recent developments in port and hinterland strategies, operations and related specializations. The book begins with a broad overview of port definitions, concepts and the role of ports in global supply chains, and an examination of strategic topics such as port management, governance, performance, hinterlands and the port-city relationship. The second part of the book examines operational aspects of maritime, port and land networks. A range of topics are explored, such as liner networks, finance and business models, port-industrial clusters, container terminals, intermodality/synchromodality, handling and warehousing. The final section of the book provides insights into key issues of port development and management, from security, sustainability, innovation strategies, transition management and labour issues.

Drawing on a variety of global case studies, theoretical insights are supplemented with real world and best practice examples, this book will be of interest to advanced undergraduates, postgraduates, scholars and professionals interested in maritime studies, transport studies, economics and geography.

Table of Contents


Harry Geerlings, Bart Kuipers and Rob Zuidwijk

Part 1 - Ports and Networks: Strategies

Chapter 1: Port definition, concepts and the role of ports in supply chains; setting the scene

Michiel Nijdam and Martijn van der Horst

Chapter 2: Ports and global supply chains

Rob Zuidwijk

Chapter 3: How ports create strategic value for their country

Frans A.J. van den Bosch, Rick M.A. Hollen and Henk W. Volberda

Chapter 4: Port development company: Role and strategy

Larissa van der Lugt

Chapter 5: Port management and institutional reform: thirty years of theory and practice

Hercules Haralambides

Chapter 6: The port-city interface

Olaf Merk

Chapter 7: Port performance

Shmuel Yahalom and Changqian Guan

Chapter 8: Accessibility of ports and networks

Francesco Corman and Rudy R. Negenborn

Chapter 9: Port hinterland relations: Lessons to be learned from a cost-benefit analysis of a large investment project

Christa Sys and Thierry Vanelslander

Chapter 10: Coordination in hinterland chains

Martijn van der Horst and Peter de Langen

Part 2 - Ports and Networks: Operations

Chapter 11: Optimisation in container liner shipping

Judith Mulder and Rommert Dekker

Chapter 12: Revenues and costs of maritime shipping

Albert Veenstra

Chapter 13: Container terminal operations: An overview

Iris F.A. Vis, Héctor J. Carlo and Kees Jan Roodbergen

Chapter 14: Port-centric information management in smart ports: A framework and categorisation

Leonard Heilig and Stefan Voß

Chapter 15: Intermodality and synchromodality

Lóránt Tavasszy, Behzad Behdani and Rob Konings

Chapter 16: The industrial seaport

Bart Kuipers

Part 3 - Ports and Networks: Perspectives

Chapter 17: Port competition in historical perspective, 1648-2000: The ports in the Hamburg–Le Havre Range

Hein A.M. Klemann

Chapter 18: Sustainability

Harry Geerlings and Tiedo Vellinga

Chapter 19: Port security

Changqian Guan and Shmuel Yahalom

Chapter 20: Technological innovations

Harry Geerlings and Bart Wiegmans

Chapter 21: The labour market of port-cities

Jaap de Koning, Kees Zandvliet and Arie Gelderblom

Chapter 22: Ports in transition

Derk Loorbach and Harry Geerlings

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Harry Geerlings is Professor in Governance of Sustainable Mobility at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Bart Kuipers is Senior Researcher at the Erasmus School of Economics at the Urban, Port and Transport Economics Department of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Rob Zuidwijk is Professor of Ports in Global Networks at Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


"Global digital connectivity is growing exponentially, and transport connectivity needs to follow suit. "Ports and Networks" could not be published at a timelier moment. Globalized production and trade depend on reliable access to markets through seaports and shipping networks. Our data here at UNCTAD shows that less than 20 per cent of country pairs are connected with each-other through direct liner shipping services; for more than 80 per cent of country pairs shippers need at least one transhipment for bilateral trade. This leads to intriguing questions and challenges for researchers and policy makers alike. This book helps stakeholders understand the structure of the networks, and the role of the ports within the networks." Jan Hoffmann, Chief, Trade Logistics Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD.

"This book integrates theoretical knowledge of ports with practice, in relation to port-city interface and coordination of hinterland logistics. It discusses and analyses ports and networks in a broad-based yet in-depth manner. The volumes will benefit not only researchers but also practitioners in the shipping and ports industry in China and the world as a whole." Professor Zheng Hong, Shanghai Maritime University, and General Secretary of Shanghai International Shipping Institute-SISI.

"Ports play an incredibly important role in society, and well run ports have a huge contribution to the local and global economy. In order to maintain relevance, ports will have to address potentially disruptive challenges caused by digitisation and climate change. The work of this group of outstanding experts will appeal to anyone with an interest in ports and their future." Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands.