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Authors

Antoine Fremont

Document Type

Article Restricted

Publication Date

11-2007

Journal Title

Journal of Transport Geography

Volume Number

15

Issue Number

6

First Page

431

Last Page

442

Abstract

Two contrasting approaches to the provision of maritime services are frequently presented: one based on direct port to port services, the other characterised by a hub and spoke network. We demonstrate there is no contradiction between these two models, that in fact they are complementary. Integrating direct services with a hub structure is necessary for assuring a wider geographical coverage. The complementarity is explained by analysing the world’s largest container shipping line, Maersk, which over the last 30 years has created a global shipping network.

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