Title: Maritime world cities: development of the global maritime management network

Authors: Ann Verhetsel; Thierry Vanelslander; Matteo Balliauw

Addresses: Faculty of Applied Economics, Department of Transport and Regional Economics, University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, B-2000 Antwerpen, Belgium ' Faculty of Applied Economics, Department of Transport and Regional Economics, University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, B-2000 Antwerpen, Belgium ' Faculty of Applied Economics, Department of Transport and Regional Economics, University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, B-2000 Antwerpen, Belgium

Abstract: This research extends the current insights concerning maritime world cities. The analysis starts with the use of the Globalisation and World Cities (GaWC) methodology for identifying world cities. New calculations are made for the management of container flows in 2009 and 2012. Next, we calculate the maritime city network based on the management of bulk transport operations. Finally, we test the presumption of GaWC that there are regular contacts between all offices of a global company by using a new, more qualitative approach. This consists of interviews with the managing directors of the Antwerp branches of the 20 major global container lines trying to reveal the actual communication patterns between maritime offices. The results show that the GaWC methodology is based on plausible assumptions. Some caution is however advised, communication with nearby cities is underestimated, while contacts with increasing distance between cities are overestimated.

Keywords: maritime world cities; Globalisation and World Cities methodology; GaWC; maritime management networks; container transport; bulk transport operations; corporate communications; shipping; transport logistics; container flow management; communication patterns; maritime offices.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2016.076260

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 2016 Vol.8 No.3, pp.294 - 317

Available online: 23 Feb 2016 *

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