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The economic viability of container mega-ships


  • Imai, Akio
  • Nishimura, Etsuko
  • Papadimitriou, Stratos
  • Liu, Miaojia


In this study, we analyze the container mega-ship viability by considering competitive circumstances. We adopt a non-zero sum two-person game with two specific strategies based on different service network configurations for different ship sizes: hub-and-spoke for mega-ship and multi-port calling for conventional ship size. A shipping characteristic for each route is approximately optimized to set up pay-off (or profit) matrixes for both players. Throughout model applications for Asia-Europe and Asia-North America trades, the mega-ship is competitive in all scenarios for Asia-Europe, while it is viable for Asia-North America only when the freight rate and feeder costs are low.

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  • Imai, Akio & Nishimura, Etsuko & Papadimitriou, Stratos & Liu, Miaojia, 2006. "The economic viability of container mega-ships," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 42(1), pages 21-41, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:42:y:2006:i:1:p:21-41

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