Ports in a World Maritime System: A Multilevel Analysis

  • César Ducruet
Part of the Methodos Series book series (METH, volume 11)


This chapter proposes an analysis of worldwide inter-port shipping flows from a strength-clustering perspective. A variety of factors seem to explain the formation of clusters: geographic proximity among closely located ports (i.e., maritime regions), trade proximity (corridors) and historical path-dependency (long-term ties) among more distant ports. Because those factors have not been previously directly tested, this chapter paves the way for further research on the geographic and economic relevance of clusters in the network analysis of shipping flows.


Shipping Line Port Performance Weighted Cluster Maritime Transport Container Port 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, UMR 8504 Géographie-cités / Equipe P.A.R.I.S.ParisFrance

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