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Multi-port vs. Hub-and-Spoke port calls by containerships

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  • Imai, Akio
  • Shintani, Koichi
  • Papadimitriou, Stratos
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    This paper addresses the design of container liner shipping networks taking into consideration container management issues including empty container repositioning. We examine two typical service networks with different ship sizes: multi-port calling by conventional ship size and hub-and-spoke by mega-ship. The entire solution process is performed in two phases: the service network design and container distribution. A wide variety of numerical experiments are conducted for the Asia-Europe and Asia-North America trade lanes. In most scenarios the multi-port calling is superior in terms of total cost, while the hub-and-spoke is more advantageous in the European trade for a costly shipping company.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review.

    Volume (Year): 45 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 5 (September)
    Pages: 740-757

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:45:y:2009:i:5:p:740-757

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    Keywords: Container transportation Empty container Network design Mathematical programming;

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    1. Long, Yin & Lee, Loo Hay & Chew, Ek Peng, 2012. "The sample average approximation method for empty container repositioning with uncertainties," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 222(1), pages 65-75.
    2. Zheng, Jianfeng & Meng, Qiang & Sun, Zhuo, 2014. "Impact analysis of maritime cabotage legislations on liner hub-and-spoke shipping network design," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 234(3), pages 874-884.
    3. Liu, Zhiyuan & Meng, Qiang & Wang, Shuaian & Sun, Zhuo, 2014. "Global intermodal liner shipping network design," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 28-39.
    4. Song, Dong-Ping & Dong, Jing-Xin, 2012. "Cargo routing and empty container repositioning in multiple shipping service routes," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 46(10), pages 1556-1575.
    5. Alexandrou, George & Gounopoulos, Dimitrios & Thomas, Hardy M., 2014. "Mergers and acquisitions in shipping," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 212-234.
    6. Wang, Shuaian, 2014. "A novel hybrid-link-based container routing model," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 165-175.
    7. Wang, Shuaian & Meng, Qiang & Sun, Zhuo, 2013. "Container routing in liner shipping," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 49(1), pages 1-7.
    8. Wang, Shuaian & Meng, Qiang, 2012. "Liner ship fleet deployment with container transshipment operations," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 48(2), pages 470-484.
    9. Gelareh, Shahin & Nickel, Stefan, 2011. "Hub location problems in transportation networks," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 47(6), pages 1092-1111.
    10. Christiansen, Marielle & Fagerholt, Kjetil & Nygreen, Bjørn & Ronen, David, 2013. "Ship routing and scheduling in the new millennium," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 228(3), pages 467-483.
    11. Ishii, Masahiro & Lee, Paul Tae-Woo & Tezuka, Koichiro & Chang, Young-Tae, 2013. "A game theoretical analysis of port competition," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 49(1), pages 92-106.
    12. García, Javier & Florez, José E. & Torralba, Álvaro & Borrajo, Daniel & López, Carlos Linares & García-Olaya, Ángel & Sáenz, Juan, 2013. "Combining linear programming and automated planning to solve intermodal transportation problems," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 227(1), pages 216-226.

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