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Determinants of port centrality in maritime container transportation

Wang, Yuhong; Cullinane, Kevin


Yuhong Wang

Kevin Cullinane


This paper adapts Freeman’s measures of degree, closeness and betweenness centrality and applies them to assessing: port centrality in relation to direct connectivity; accessibility to all ports in the network (direct and indirect routes) and; as an intermediary between other ports. An additional parameter added to the formulae ensures that the relative importance of available shipping capacity and foreland market coverage are also accounted for. Validation of this adapted measure is provided by the results obtained from an empirical application. These reveal that foreland market coverage exerts a particularly strong influence on a port’s demand and closeness centrality

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (published)
Conference Name International Conference on Global Integration of Economies and Connectivity Development
Acceptance Date Apr 11, 2016
Online Publication Date Apr 25, 2016
Publication Date 2016-11
Deposit Date Jul 31, 2015
Journal Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Print ISSN 1366-5545
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 95
Pages 326-340
Keywords Port centrality; Degree; Closeness; Betweenness; Weighted network;
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Additional Information International Conference on Global Integration of Economies and Connectivity Development, 31 Aug- 1 Sept. 2015