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Determinants of port centrality in maritime container transportation
  This paper adapts Freeman’s measures of degree, closeness and betweenness centrality and applies them to assessing: port centrality in relation to direct connectivity; accessibility to all ports in the network (direct and indirect routes) and; as an intermediary between other ports. An additional parameter added to the formulae ensures that the relative importance of available shipping capacity and foreland market coverage are also accounted for. Validation of this adapted measure is provided by the results obtained from an empirical application. These reveal that foreland market coverage exerts a particularly strong influence on a port’s demand and closeness centrality

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    Conference Paper

  • Date:

    25 April 2016

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  • Library of Congress:

    HE Transportation and Communications

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    387 Water, air & space transportation


Wang, Y., & Cullinane, K. (2016). Determinants of port centrality in maritime container transportation. Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 95, 326-340.



Port centrality; Degree; Closeness; Betweenness; Weighted network;

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