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Gordon Wilmsmeier and Jason Monios

This chapter analyses the evolution of the container shipping sector and considers whether the market can now be considered mature, and, if so, what comes next, drawing on traditional theoretical concepts relating to market cycles and economies of scale. The life cycle theory is applied to the container shipping sector, demonstrating that the sector is at the stage of maturity; but whether it will decline or be reinvigorated is open to question. Finally, the chapter considers whether the current challenges to the sector will lead to a new phase or to a decline.

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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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Gordon Wilmsmeier and Jason Monios

This chapter introduces the volume by first establishing the background of maritime transport and historic trends, leading into a discussion of how these trends reflect the core principles of the discipline of geography: namely space, place, scale and network. A brief review of the history of maritime transport geography is presented, including a summary of current topical issues. The chapter contributions are each introduced, before some final thoughts on the future of the sector and the role to be played by geographers.

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Gordon Wilmsmeier and Jason Monios

This chapter introduces the principles of global trade, and in particular the maritime perspective. It outlines the historic development of maritime trade and transport to the present day, identifies the main trades and geographical regions, and discusses shifts in the structure of sea transport supply and demand from the perspective of transport and trade geography. Finally, the chapter closes with some thoughts on the future of globalisation from the perspective of maritime geography.