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Captive and contestable port hinterlands: modelling and visualization using GIS.

  This paper presents the results of a research project using a geographical information system (GIS)-based model to illustrate and asses captive and contestable port hinterlands. Thematic maps can be generated by this model in order to visualize the cost structure which applies within port hinterlands; this tool can provide useful and accessible information that facilitates the strategic planning performed by port administrations and management. Two basic constituent parts make up the model: a transport system model and a visualization tool. The transport model accounts for the costs associated with the ocean carriage, the port and, in terms of generalized cost, moving cargoes to and from the hinterland. Other direct costs are also taken into account by the model, such as tolls or road pricing. A number of new and existing indicators are used to describe the captive and contestable port hinterland. Thus, based on this transport model, the visualization tool can generate maps of the current situation, as well as use a number of different spatial analyses to illustrate the captive and contestable hinterland. Presentations of the outcomes of tests of the model are based on empirical data for the five container ports of Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Le Havre. The model can be used for port planning and decision-making, as well as for feeder services, and for other more abstract hinterland characteristics, in addition.

  • Type:

    Book Chapter

  • Date:

    30 November 2010

  • Publication Status:


  • Publisher

    Edward Elgar Publishing

  • Library of Congress:

    HE Transportation and Communications

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    387 Water, air & space transportation


Kronbak, J. & Cullinane, K. (2010). Captive and contestable port hinterlands: modelling and visualization using GIS. In Cullinane, K. (Ed.). International Handbook Of Maritime Economics, 348-362. Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN 978 1 84720 933 7


Accessibility; Contestable markets; Decision making; Economic models; Feeder services; Geographic information systems; Hinterlands; Maps; Markets; Port of Antwerp; Port of Bremerhaven; Port of Hamburg; Port of Le Havre; Port of Rotterdam; Port operations; Ports; Thematic maps; Visualization

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