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Ship-owners' decisions to outsource vessel management


  • Pierre Cariou

    (World Maritime University - Malmø University, Euromed Marseille - École de management - Association Euromed Management - Marseille)

  • François-Charles Wolff

    (INED - Institut national d'études démographiques, LEMNA - Laboratoire d'économie et de management de Nantes Atlantique - UN - Université de Nantes)


Shipping companies frequently outsource the management of their vessels. In this paper, we use data from Lloyd's Register Fairplay (2009) on 45,456 vessels belonging to 9,580 different shipowners to investigate the extent of outsourcing in shipping and to identify key factors affecting the likelihood of outsourcing. The results of our econometric analysis indicate that ship-owners' decisions to outsource are explained by the characteristics of the vessels in question (age, type, size) and the characteristics of the ship-owner (country of domiciliation, number of vessels). In addition, a specific country effect is identified for Greek ship-owners, which is in line with the findings of previous studies.

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  • Pierre Cariou & François-Charles Wolff, 2011. "Ship-owners' decisions to outsource vessel management," Working Papers hal-00593739, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:wpaper:hal-00593739
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