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Title: Hub-and-spoke network design for container shipping along the Yangtze River
Authors: Zheng, J
Yang, D 
Keywords: Cargo concentration and port regionalization
Hub-and-spoke network design
Inland river shipping
Mixed-integer linear programming
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Journal of transport geography, 2016, v. 55, p. 51-57 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of transport geography 
Abstract: Increasingly large, high-tonnage containerships are becoming a common sight on the Yangtze River, and the shipping network is being transformed accordingly. This paper reports the design of a hub-and-spoke network for a shipping company that is consistent with the characteristics of the Yangtze River. We first explore the economies of scale for container shipping by applying empirical data. Next, we propose a mixed-integer linear programming model, factoring in ship-operating and container-handling costs. We then conduct a numerical experiment and test the effectiveness of the model, and finally discuss the implications of hub-and-spoke shipping network design. The findings reported herein support the trends toward cargo concentration and port regionalization along the Yangtze River.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/55760
ISSN: 0966-6923
DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2016.07.001
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