Quotation Schramm, Hans-Joachim, Prockl, Günter, Kolar, Petr. 2016. Capacities in the liner shipping industry - are resource levels still synchronized? 21st IAME 2016 Conference, Hamburg, Germany, 23.08-26.08.


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Recently, in the liner shipping industry ever higher levels of ship capacity were reached in an ongoing struggle to achieve economies of scale and sea operations cost efficiency. Currently, there is hardly any academic discussion related to the liner shipping system beyond port activity, ships capacity and port performance. We understand the container equipment (and not just ship capacity) as the foundation of prosperity in the liner shipping industry. Accordingly, we focus on development patterns of container equipment in comparison to those of ship capacity. Such a comparison, based on time-series of actual container census data and container shipping fleet capacity implies a striking imbalance between these two complements in a container transport chain. While economies of scale led to bigger tonnage we have at the same time an indication that the number of containers available as a truly complementary resource to liner shipping capacity seems to be rather stagnant. Results are frequent container equipment shortages and a loss of operational efficiency along the container transport chain. Accordingly, we propose to regard containers as complements to ship capacity in the liner shipping industry that need to be managed better in the future.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Capacities in the liner shipping industry - are resource levels still synchronized?
Event 21st IAME 2016 Conference
Year 2016
Date 23.08-26.08.
Country Germany
Location Hamburg
URL http://www.iame2016.org/
JEL R40

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Schramm, Hans-Joachim (Details)
External
Kolar, Petr (University of Economics Prague, Czech Republic)
Prockl, Günter (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
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Global Business and Trade DP (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5332 Transport economics (Details)
5336 Commodity science (Details)
5337 World trade science (Details)
5344 Foreign trade (Details)
5354 Business logistics (Details)
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