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Analysis of the development potential of bulk shipping network on the Yangtze River


  • Dong Yang
  • Shuaian Wang


In the past decades, a multilayer transshipment network of bulk shipping has been formed along the Yangtze River so as to support the fast development of Chinese iron and steel industry. Yet with the decrease of iron ore trade in China since 2014, the bulk port system on Yangtze River probably will be subject to change in the future. Under this background, this paper aims to analyze the development potential of Yangtze River bulk ports system with a focus on iron ore transshipment. To realize this objective, we firstly sort out the main transshipment patterns of bulk shipping, and optimize the bulk-shipping network with an optimization model. Several scenarios are then proposed and examined in the model by changing corresponding parameters. Cooperation among ports as one scenario is analyzed by applying core theory in cooperative game. Based on the changes of transshipment plans observed under the various scenarios, we finally ascertain the different development potentials of the system, and provide suggestions to the port operators and local maritime authorities.

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  • Dong Yang & Shuaian Wang, 2017. "Analysis of the development potential of bulk shipping network on the Yangtze River," Maritime Policy & Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(4), pages 512-523, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:marpmg:v:44:y:2017:i:4:p:512-523
    DOI: 10.1080/03088839.2016.1275863

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