Chapter 18

Affairs of Geostrategic Concern

Ports are immobile nodal points within highly flexible networks of other modes of transportation. For a shipping line, it is easy to switch from one port to another, and trucks, inland barges, or trains are free to call other ports—contingent on infrastructure. Therefore, new trends in the geospatial positioning of transport and logistics companies have an influence on ports, too; although ports themselves are immobile by nature. In the following, the key implications of major affairs of geostrategic concern like the Chinese “One Belt, One Road”—initiative or the possibility of Arctic Shipping on ports will be discussed.

18.1Port Positioning in Global Container Trade

There are two major routes in global ...

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