Cascading feeder vessels and the rationalisation of small container ports
Journal of Transport Geography, 2017, vol. 59, issue C, 88-99
Small container ports rely on feeder services from hub ports to provide access to unitised trade flows for their hinterlands. They generally possess limited water depth and handling facilities, as investments required to handle larger vessels are not justified by their low container throughput. This paper questions the future of small ports due to larger vessels cascading down as a result of ever-larger vessels on the major trade lanes.
Keywords: Container ports; Shipping lines; Carriers; Vessels; Feeders; Short sea shipping (SSS) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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