Integrating Seaports and Trade Corridors

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  • Edited by Peter Hall, Simon Fraser University, Canada, Robert J. McCalla, Saint Mary's University, Canada, Claude Comtois, Université de Montréal, Canada and Brian Slack, Concordia University, Canada
  • Series: Transport and Mobility
  • Seaport gateways and the corridors which connect them to widely dispersed hinterlands are of vital and essential importance to international trade and the world economy. Distributing goods to ultimate land destinations or bringing the goods to seaports from inland origins is organizationally complex involving multiple actors. This book furthers understanding about how this movement is organized, the role of ports acting as gateways and the actions of corridor players.

    A key question that confronts the shipping and port industries, as well as public authorities, is how to increase the benefits of maritime trade to the companies and institutions directly involved as well as the port city-regions where the transfers take place? This question is being posed in the midst of a global economic recession and trade downturn, and in the context of contemporary policy frameworks whose goals are to generate economic benefits and efficiencies rather than to maximize traffic volumes. This book puts into perspective the reality, opportunities and challenges facing seaport gateways and corridors now and in the future.
  • Contents: Introduction, Peter Hall, Robert J. McCalla, Claude Comtois and Brian Slack; Part I Global Economic Change: Implications for Ports, Corridors and Value Chains: Economic cycles in maritime shipping and ports: the path to the crisis of 2008, Gustaaf De Monie, Jean-Paul Rodrigue and Theo Notteboom; Organizational and geographical ramifications of the 2008–2009 financial crisis on the maritime shipping and port industries, Theo Notteboom, Jean-Paul Rodrigue and Gustaaf De Monie; Carriers' role in opening gateways: experiences from major port regions, Antoine Frémont and Francesco Parola; Transport and logistics hubs: separating fact from fiction, Elisabeth Gouvernal, Valérie Lavaud-Letilleul and Brian Slack; Port, corridor, gateway and chain: exploring the geography of advanced maritime producer services, Peter. Hall, Wouter Jacobs and Hans Koster. Part II Measuring and Improving Gateway and Corridor Performance: Measuring port performance: lessons from the waterfront, Claude Comtois and Brian Slack; Key interactions and value drivers towards port users' satisfaction, Athanasios A. Pallis and Thomas K. Vitsounis; Improving port performance: from serving ships to adding value in supply chains, Anthony Beresford, Su-Han Woo and Stephen Pettit; Coordination in multi-actor logistics operations: challenges at the port interface, Trevor D. Heaver. Part III International Case Studies: Benchmarking the integration of corridors in international value networks: the study of African cases, Jean-François Pelletier and Yann Alix; Building value into transport chains: the challenges of multi-goal policies, Emmanuel Guy and Frédéric Lapointe; Perspectives on integrated container transport: the Canadian example, Robert J. McCalla; Trade corridors and gateways: an evolving national transportation plan, Michael C. Ircha; Hinterlands, port regionalisation and extended gateways: the case of Belgium and Northern France, Jacques J. Charlier; Entrepreneurial region and gateway-making in China: a case study of Guangxi, James J. Wang; Bibliography; Index.
  • About the Editor: Peter Hall, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Robert J. McCalla, Professor of Geography, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Claude Comtois, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Université de Montréal, Canada and Brian Slack, Department of Geography, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
  • Reviews: 'This book builds on the strengths of previous Ashgate books from the same research network: a diverse and international mix of authors, an interesting and relevant theme and theoretical as well as applied contributions. An interesting read for scholars and students interested in ports as elements of global supply chains.'
    Peter de Langen, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands and Port of Rotterdam Authority, The Netherlands

    'This book is a most interesting read, albeit heavily focused on geography, as well as predominantly on the Canadian transport situation, the latter heavily orientated toward policy and governance issues. It brings together a number of new and developing themes and perspectives, all of which are of great value to those interested in maritime transport, seaports, integration, intermodality, logistics and of course trade corridors.'
    Journal of Transport Geography

    'Overall, the book brings together the knowledge and the experience of many well-known scholars from worldwide recognised universities who for many years have conducted research on the proposed themes, and as such the book offers a holistic view about the benefits gained and the problems arising when integrating seaports into trade corridors. The book is a major contribution to academia and the industry since it clarifies concepts such as transhipment hubs, extended gateways, which are used on a daily basis and whose meanings are taken for granted. Furthermore, as readers go from one chapter to another, they get a holistic view of the topic under study thus providing a clear understanding how the different elements interact'. The Asian Journal of Shipping and Logistics