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Container barge network development in inland rivers : a comparison between the Yangtze River and the Rhine River

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The formation of barge networks on rivers and associated inland port systems is subject to a complex set of influencing factors and mechanisms. This paper aims to present a comprehensive comparative empirical analysis focusing on the container shipping (barge) network in the Yangtze and the Rhine. This analysis is supported by extensive datasets on both river basins, incorporates the latest development on both rivers and is grounded on concepts and methods coming from transport geography and economic geography. We find that a large diversity might exist in how inland port systems and related gateway seaports are dealing with cargo flows and supply chains. In view of explaining this diversity, we make a distinction between geographical/nautical aspects, macro-economic factors and institutional/governance factors. In particular, we discuss the role of institutional and governance factors in barge network development by using the concepts of selection, retention and variation.
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Management Science and Operations Research, Civil and Structural Engineering, Transportation

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Notteboom, Theo, et al. “Container Barge Network Development in Inland Rivers : A Comparison between the Yangtze River and the Rhine River.” TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART A-POLICY AND PRACTICE, vol. 132, 2020, pp. 587–605.
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Notteboom, T., Yang, D., & Xu, H. (2020). Container barge network development in inland rivers : a comparison between the Yangtze River and the Rhine River. TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART A-POLICY AND PRACTICE, 132, 587–605.
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Notteboom, Theo, Dong Yang, and Hua Xu. 2020. “Container Barge Network Development in Inland Rivers : A Comparison between the Yangtze River and the Rhine River.” TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART A-POLICY AND PRACTICE 132: 587–605.
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Notteboom, Theo, Dong Yang, and Hua Xu. 2020. “Container Barge Network Development in Inland Rivers : A Comparison between the Yangtze River and the Rhine River.” TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART A-POLICY AND PRACTICE 132: 587–605.
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Notteboom T, Yang D, Xu H. Container barge network development in inland rivers : a comparison between the Yangtze River and the Rhine River. TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART A-POLICY AND PRACTICE. 2020;132:587–605.
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T. Notteboom, D. Yang, and H. Xu, “Container barge network development in inland rivers : a comparison between the Yangtze River and the Rhine River,” TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART A-POLICY AND PRACTICE, vol. 132, pp. 587–605, 2020.
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  abstract     = {The formation of barge networks on rivers and associated inland port systems is subject to a complex set of influencing factors and mechanisms. This paper aims to present a comprehensive comparative empirical analysis focusing on the container shipping (barge) network in the Yangtze and the Rhine. This analysis is supported by extensive datasets on both river basins, incorporates the latest development on both rivers and is grounded on concepts and methods coming from transport geography and economic geography. We find that a large diversity might exist in how inland port systems and related gateway seaports are dealing with cargo flows and supply chains. In view of explaining this diversity, we make a distinction between geographical/nautical aspects, macro-economic factors and institutional/governance factors. In particular, we discuss the role of institutional and governance factors in barge network development by using the concepts of selection, retention and variation.},
  author       = {Notteboom, Theo and Yang, Dong and Xu, Hua},
  issn         = {0965-8564},
  journal      = {TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART A-POLICY AND PRACTICE},
  keywords     = {Management Science and Operations Research,Civil and Structural Engineering,Transportation},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {587--605},
  title        = {Container barge network development in inland rivers : a comparison between the Yangtze River and the Rhine River},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2019.10.014},
  volume       = {132},
  year         = {2020},
}

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