Geographies of Maritime Transport
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Geographies of Maritime Transport

Edited by Gordon Wilmsmeier and Jason Monios

This multidisciplinary book delivers a unique collection of well-considered, empirically rich and critical contributions on maritime transport geographies. It covers a wide range of markets and territories as well as institutional, environmental and future issues.
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Chapter 17: Assessing the strategic role of inland ports in urban freight policy: an application to the port of Brussels

Geoffrey Aerts, Michaël Dooms, Elvira Haezendonck and Mychal Langenus


This research benefits the strategic governance of inland ports located within urban areas by analysing the logistical dedicatedness and the geographic reach of economic activities that take place within a specific inland port. We find that the port under consideration faces challenges of retaining relatively new traffic categories (e.g. pallets) characterised by a high potential for transport mode substitution, whilst the more traditional traffic categories (e.g. construction materials) show higher levels of logistical dedicatedness to the port. The latter do so while generating negative local externalities. As a result, this assessment and application of the Port Hinterland Impact matrix (PHI) serves the creation of crucial strategic insights that allow policy makers to improve their urban freight policy and the role of inland ports therein. Furthermore, these insights allow for the identification of key stakeholders with whom strategic objectives can or cannot be easily aligned in the context of urban logistics.

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