Title: Short sea shipping in the Atlantic Arc: a spatial shift-share approach

Authors: Maria Jesus Freire Seoane; Fernando González Laxe; Carlos Pais Montes

Addresses: Institute of Maritime Studies, University of A Coruña, Campus de Elviña, s/n 15071 A Coruña, Spain ' Institute of Maritime Studies, University of A Coruña, Campus de Elviña, s/n 15071 A Coruña, Spain ' Institute of Maritime Studies, University of A Coruña, Campus de Elviña, s/n 15071 A Coruña, Spain

Abstract: This article presents a proposal for determine, given a port region, new SSS candidates between a node and its neighbours, considering the nautical distance between ports as a distance metric. For accomplishing that, classic, homothetic and spatial shift-share decompositions are applied to the 2006-2014 throughput dataset of the 57 European Atlantic Arc main ports. The conclusions show that along the Atlantic façade of the Iberian Peninsula (Portuguese and Galician region - Spanish-ports), and for some Irish sea positions, there are growing nodes with great potential for keep their throughput increasing, in terms of inner competitiveness or by establishing new SSS services between neighbour positions. Another Atlantic Arc ports, affected by the crisis, also appear with good recovering chances based in the setting up of new SSS services.

Keywords: short sea shipping; SSS services; motorways of the sea; MoS; Atlantic Arc ports; maritime logistics; spatial shift-share; spatial econometrics.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2017.083475

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 2017 Vol.9 No.3, pp.323 - 370

Available online: 16 Mar 2017 *

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