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Transshipment hub port selection for shipping carriers in a dual hub-port system


  • Ying Wang
  • Gi-Tae Yeo


This paper investigates the factors affecting transshipment (T/S) hub port selection by a feeder port and helps shipping carriers make a decision about T/S hub port selection in a dual hub-port system. By employing established evaluation factors, a case study is conducted to weigh the priority of factors and to select an alternative T/S hub port, such as between the Shanghai and Ningbo ports from the Nanjing feeder port in the Yangtze River delta (YRD). A combined multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) framework utilizing the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) and the consistent fuzzy preference relations (CFPR) method is employed to both reduce the number of pairwise comparisons by AHP and to obtain experts’ knowledge in the decision-making process. The result indicates that the cost, availability of hub port’s space allocation, and the connectivity between feeder port and hub port are crucial factors for T/S hub port selection by shipping carriers. In the case study, Shanghai is selected as the T/S hub port from the Nanjing feeder port. Nevertheless, Ningbo port has the advantage of cost, and if the relationship with feeder port can be improved, Ningbo port would be preferred over Shanghai as a T/S hub port for shipping carriers in a dual hub-port system.

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  • Ying Wang & Gi-Tae Yeo, 2019. "Transshipment hub port selection for shipping carriers in a dual hub-port system," Maritime Policy & Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(6), pages 701-714, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:marpmg:v:46:y:2019:i:6:p:701-714
    DOI: 10.1080/03088839.2019.1627012

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