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The Impact of Hub and Spokes Port Networks on Transport Systems

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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.

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