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The effect of foldable containers on the costs of container fleet management in liner shipping networks

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  • Koichi Shintani

    () (Department of Shipping Technology, Oshima National College of Maritime Technology, Suo-oshima, Oshima, Yamaguchi 742-2193, Japan.)

  • Rob Konings

    (OTB Research Institute for the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, PO Box 5030, Delft 2600 GA, The Netherlands)

  • Akio Imai

    (Graduate School of Maritime Sciences, Fukae, Higashinada, Kobe 658-0022, Japan.)

Abstract

This article analyses the way in which foldable containers could potentially lower the costs of container fleet management in liner shipping networks. An integer programming model is used to obtain an optimal fleet mix of foldable and standard containers. It emerges that savings could be realised in the management costs of container fleets by applying a proper combination of the two. It also emerges that the economic viability of foldable containers depends on the level of trade imbalances and the exploitation costs of the containers.

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  • Koichi Shintani & Rob Konings & Akio Imai, 2012. "The effect of foldable containers on the costs of container fleet management in liner shipping networks," Maritime Economics & Logistics, Palgrave Macmillan;International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), vol. 14(4), pages 455-479, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:marecl:v:14:y:2012:i:4:p:455-479
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    1. Koichi Shintani & Rob Konings & Etsuko Nishimura & Akio Imai, 2020. "The impact of foldable containers on the cost of empty container relocation in the hinterland of seaports," Maritime Economics & Logistics, Palgrave Macmillan;International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), vol. 22(1), pages 68-101, March.
    2. Behzad Behdani & Bart Wiegmans & Violeta Roso & Hercules Haralambides, 2020. "Port-hinterland transport and logistics: emerging trends and frontier research," Maritime Economics & Logistics, Palgrave Macmillan;International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), vol. 22(1), pages 1-25, March.
    3. Shintani, Koichi & Konings, Rob & Imai, Akio, 2019. "Combinable containers: A container innovation to save container fleet and empty container repositioning costs," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 130(C), pages 248-272.
    4. Zhang, Ruiyou & Huang, Chao & Feng, Xuehao, 2020. "Empty container repositioning with foldable containers in a river transport network considering the limitations of bridge heights," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 133(C), pages 197-213.

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