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


  • Imai, Akio
  • Shintani, Koichi
  • Papadimitriou, Stratos


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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  • Imai, Akio & Shintani, Koichi & Papadimitriou, Stratos, 2009. "Multi-port vs. Hub-and-Spoke port calls by containerships," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 45(5), pages 740-757, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:45:y:2009:i:5:p:740-757

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