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Peripherality in the global container shipping network: the case of the Southern African container port system

(2016) GEOJOURNAL. 81. p.131-159
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Regional trade co-operation, economic growth and greater political stability have enabled increased container throughput and container port capacity development. Earlier academic work has indicated that the functional position of this port region in the global maritime network might be shifting from a remote region in the periphery of the network to a more intermediate position. This paper aims to analyze the changing level of peripherality and remoteness of the Southern African container port system as part of the global container shipping network. The central hypothesis is that Southern Africa has moved from a remote shipping region to a more central shipping region in the global network. The methodology consists of the calculation of network measures for Southern African ports. The changing geographical distribution of flows among the main container ports in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Mauritius and Madagascar will also be explored in terms of their respective shipping services, port calling patterns, market structure (in terms of the number of active carriers) and the up-scaling of vessel and port capacity. The overall result is a mapped port hierarchical structure with a clear indication of the shifted maritime centrality of Southern African ports from 1996 to the present decade.
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Container port, Southern Africa, Periphery, Global container shipping, network

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Fraser, Darren, et al. “Peripherality in the Global Container Shipping Network: The Case of the Southern African Container Port System.” GEOJOURNAL, vol. 81, 2016, pp. 131–59.
APA
Fraser, D., Notteboom, T., & Ducruet, C. (2016). Peripherality in the global container shipping network: the case of the Southern African container port system. GEOJOURNAL, 81, 131–159.
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Fraser, Darren, Theo Notteboom, and César Ducruet. 2016. “Peripherality in the Global Container Shipping Network: The Case of the Southern African Container Port System.” GEOJOURNAL 81: 131–59.
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Fraser, Darren, Theo Notteboom, and César Ducruet. 2016. “Peripherality in the Global Container Shipping Network: The Case of the Southern African Container Port System.” GEOJOURNAL 81: 131–159.
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Fraser D, Notteboom T, Ducruet C. Peripherality in the global container shipping network: the case of the Southern African container port system. GEOJOURNAL. 2016;81:131–59.
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D. Fraser, T. Notteboom, and C. Ducruet, “Peripherality in the global container shipping network: the case of the Southern African container port system,” GEOJOURNAL, vol. 81, pp. 131–159, 2016.
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increased container throughput and container port
capacity development. Earlier academic work has
indicated that the functional position of this port
region in the global maritime network might be
shifting from a remote region in the periphery of the
network to a more intermediate position. This paper
aims to analyze the changing level of peripherality and
remoteness of the Southern African container port
system as part of the global container shipping
network. The central hypothesis is that Southern
Africa has moved from a remote shipping region to a
more central shipping region in the global network.
The methodology consists of the calculation of
network measures for Southern African ports. The
changing geographical distribution of flows among the
main container ports in South Africa, Namibia,
Mozambique, Mauritius and Madagascar will also be
explored in terms of their respective shipping services,
port calling patterns, market structure (in terms of the
number of active carriers) and the up-scaling of vessel
and port capacity. The overall result is a mapped port
hierarchical structure with a clear indication of the
shifted maritime centrality of Southern African ports
from 1996 to the present decade.},
  author       = {Fraser, Darren and Notteboom, Theo and Ducruet, César},
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  language     = {eng},
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  title        = {Peripherality in the global container shipping network: the case of the Southern African container port system},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10708-014-9610-6},
  volume       = {81},
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