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Optimising the container transhipment hub location in northern Europe.

Baird, Alfred (2006) Optimising the container transhipment hub location in northern Europe. Journal of Transport Geography, 14 (3). pp. 195-214. ISSN 0966 6923

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    Abstract/Description

    This paper applies a specific research methodology designed to evaluate and compare competing seaport locations within a given region as the optimal site for international container transhipment activity. The main focus is on container transhipment hub locations
    in northern Europe. Transhipment is the fastest growing segment of the containerport market,resulting in significant scope to develop new transhipment terminal capacity to cater for future expected traffic flows. Transport distances and associated shipping costs are calculated for existing hub locations and these are then compared with a new proposed transhipment location in the region, in this instance the vast natural deep-water harbour at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands. Findings from the research demonstrate that current container hub ports are not necessarily optimal (for serving transhipment markets),and that alternative port sites such as Scapa Flow could provide a superior and more competitive location from which to support the fast expanding transhipment markets of northern Europe.

    Item Type: Article
    Print ISSN: 0966 6923
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Shipping; Trans-shipment facilities; Port locations; Shipping costs; Distance as cost; Economics;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Transport Research Institute
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation > 387 Water, air & space transportation
    300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 330 Economics
    Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
    H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
    Item ID: 1888
    Depositing User: RAE Import
    Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2008 15:13
    Last Modified: 21 Mar 2013 15:42
    URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/1888

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