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International Handbook of Maritime Business

International Handbook of Maritime Business

Elgar original reference

Edited by Kevin Cullinane

The International Handbook of Maritime Business is a timely, comprehensive and insightful overview of the key contemporary research issues in maritime business.

Chapter 1: Editor’s Introduction: The Maritime Industry Means Business

Kevin Cullinane

Subjects: economics and finance, transport, environment, transport, urban and regional studies, transport


Kevin Cullinane Over the past decade or so, the maritime sector has increasingly been considered a part of a wider international logistics industry that supports, contributes to, and represents an integral element of, global supply chains. This emergent change in perspective certainly reflects what has occurred within industry – both inside and outside the maritime sector – but is also manifest in the academic literature of maritime business. It seems appropriate, therefore, that this work is launched with the initial chapters serving to emphasise this context and to provide a background for this relatively novel and, certainly, more macroscopic perspective. At the same time, however, while acknowledging that the wider supply chain or logistics context does provide an alternative and supplementary perspective on maritime business, it should be recognised that it has not supplanted the more traditional microscopic focus on matters germane to either or both the shipping and port sectors in isolation. As is illustrated by the contents of this work, both these perspectives are well represented in the range of research which is currently being undertaken on maritime business. As one of the most ardent and vociferous proponents of the adoption of a wider supply chain perspective on the maritime sector, the first substantive chapter of this book is by Ross Robinson (Chapter 2). He presents a scene-setting exposition of the implications of this wider supply chain context by analysing the competitive position of ports and suggesting that they need to alter their perspective if they are to remain competitive....