Séminaire Emar

Container Shipping Networks: Trends and Challenges of Measuring Liner Shipping Connectivity

Présentation par Jan Hoffmann, Chief Trade Logistics Branch, UNCTAD, Geneva et sera suivie d’un débat animé par Patrick Niérat, Chercheur à l'Ifsttar, Ame-Splott.

Lieu : Ifsttar Marne-La-Vallée, Bienvenüe salle B17 le vendredi 16 mars 2018 de 10h30 à 12h30.



Résumé en anglais :

The recent mergers and mega alliances among container carriers can support better handling of supply and fleet utilization, which in turn can help improve the container-shipping sector’s financial situation. However, there is a danger that the growing market concentration may lead to oligopolistic structures. Regulators will need to monitor developments in container-shipping mergers and alliances to ensure competition in the market. It may also be necessary to revisit the rules governing consortiums and alliances to determine whether these would require revised regulation. This will make it possible to balance the interests of shippers, ports and carriers to prevent potential market power abuse.
Not all port investment may be worthwhile, however. Pressure from shipping lines to expand and dredge so as to accommodate ever larger ships, especially for trans-shipment operations, may not be worth the extra cost. Without additional volumes, increasing ship size alone will reduce the effective capacity of seaports as they would require larger yards and additional equipment to handle the same total volume.

Low transport connectivity continues to undermine the access of smaller and weaker economies to global markets. Many landlocked developing countries, small island developing States and least developed countries are among those most affected, given their access to fewer, less frequent, less reliable and more costly transport connections. UNCTAD data and research show that planning and forecasts can be significantly improved if data on maritime transport networks are included in relevant policy processes such as negotiating trade deals and formulating transport infrastructure development plans.