Title
Concentration and the formation of multi-port gateway regions in the European container port system: an updateConcentration and the formation of multi-port gateway regions in the European container port system: an update
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute for Transport en Maritime Management (ITMMA)
Research group
ITMMA
Publication type
article
Publication
London,
Subject
Economics
Source (journal)
Journal of transport geography. - London
Volume/pages
18(2010):4, p. 567-583
ISSN
0966-6923
ISI
000278836900008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The European container port system features a unique blend of different port types and sizes combined with a vast economic hinterland. This paper provides an update of the detailed container traffic analysis developed by Notteboom (1997) by extending it to the period 19852008 and to 78 container ports. The paper also aims at identifying key trends and issues underlying recent developments in the European container port system. These trends include the formation of multi-port gateway regions, changes in the hinterland orientation of ports and port regionalization processes. While the local hinterland remains the backbone of ports traffic positions, a growing demand for routing flexibility fuels competition for distant hinterlands between multi-port gateway regions. The prevailing assumption that containerisation would lead to further port concentration is not a confirmed fact in Europe: the European port system and most of its multi-port gateway regions witness a gradual cargo deconcentration process. Still, the container handling market remains far more concentrated than other cargo handling segments in the European port system, as there are strong market-related factors supporting a relatively high cargo concentration level in the container sector.
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