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General cargo and containership emergent routes: A complex networks description


  • Pais Montes, Carlos
  • Freire Seoane, Maria Jesus
  • González Laxe, Fernando


The paper aims to explain the evolution of the containerized and general cargo maritime routes in the last 3 years using complex networks analysis. Several particular results are searched: which ports are currently rising or dwindling in throughput; how is the structure of their network dynamics; and how to describe the resemblances and differences between these two transport patterns.

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  • Pais Montes, Carlos & Freire Seoane, Maria Jesus & González Laxe, Fernando, 2012. "General cargo and containership emergent routes: A complex networks description," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 126-140.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:trapol:v:24:y:2012:i:c:p:126-140
    DOI: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2012.06.022

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    1. Nguyen Tran & Hans-Dietrich Haasis, 2014. "Empirical analysis of the container liner shipping network on the East-West corridor (1995–2011)," Netnomics, Springer, vol. 15(3), pages 121-153, November.
    2. Viljoen, Nadia M. & Joubert, Johan W., 2016. "The vulnerability of the global container shipping network to targeted link disruption," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 462(C), pages 396-409.
    3. Angelito Calma & Martin Davies, 2016. "Academy of Management Journal, 1958–2014: a citation analysis," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 108(2), pages 959-975, August.
    4. David GUERRERO & Fernando GONZALEZ LAXE & Maria-Jesus FREIRE SEOANE & Carlos PAIS MONTES, 2015. "A Geographical Analysis Of The Relationship Between Inland Accessibility And Maritime Transport Supply," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 41, pages 33-46.


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