Chapter 6

Ports in Transportation Chain

6.1The Role of Ports in Supply Chain

A “supply chain” is a sequence of business processes and information that provides and accompanies a product or service from suppliers through manufacturing and distribution to the ultimate consumer. “Maritime supply chains” use the sea for transportation, with ships being the means of transportation and ports as important connection points. Inside a network and from a global perspective, the shipping routes represent the lines, and ports the nodal points. From a regional economic point of view, parts of the maritime supply chain are often described as hub-and-spoke-systems, having a (large and important) hub port in the center that is served by several small ports ...

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