Title Maritime Networks, Port Efficiency, and Hinterland Connectivity in the Mediterranean
Subtitle International Development in Focus
Author Jean-François Arvis, Vincent Vesin, Robin Carruthers, César Ducruet, Peter de Langen
ISBN 9781464812743
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No of pages 140
Book size 216 x 279 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher The World Bank
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For millennia, the Mediterranean has been one of the most active trading areas, supported by a transport network connecting riparian cities and beyond to their hinterland. The Mediterranean has complex trade patterns and routes—but with key differences from the past. It is no longer an isolated world economy: it is both a trading area and a transit area linking Europe and North Africa with the rest of the world through the hub-and-spoke structure of maritime networks.

Understanding how trade connectivity works in the Mediterranean, and elsewhere, is important to policy makers, especially those in developing countries in the Mediterranean, who are concerned with the economic benefits of large investments in infrastructure. Better connectivity is expected to increase trade with distant markets and stimulate activities in the hinterland.

This book is a practical exploration of the three interdependent dimensions of trade connectivity: maritime   networks, port efficiency, and hinterland connectivity. Because of the complexity and richness of maritime and trade patterns in the Mediterranean, the book combines a regional focus with globally scalable lessons.

Maritime Networks, Port Efficiency, and Hinterland Connectivity in the Mediterranean is intended for a wide readership of policy makers in maritime affairs, trade, or industry; professionals from the world of finance or development institutions; and academics. It combines empirical analysis of microeconomic shipping and port data with three case studies of choice of port (focusing on the Arab Republic of Egypt, Morocco, and Spain) and five case studies on hinterland development (Barcelona; Malta; Marseilles; Port Said East, Egypt;   and Tanger Med, Morocco).





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Chapter 1: Dimensions, Indicators, and Drivers of Trade Connectivity in the Mediterranean • The Mediterranean: The nexus of world trade or its own small world? • Trade connectivity and economic development • Measuring trade connectivity: Indicators • Using indicators to measure performance of the main Mediterranean ports • Drivers of trade connectivity • Connectivity patterns • Annex 1A: Potential indicators at the country and port levels • Notes • References

Chapter 2: Maritime Networks and Port Efficiency • The global connectivity of Mediterranean ports • Local connectivity of Mediterranean ports • A typology of Mediterranean ports by maritime networks and port efficiency • Annex 2A: Data and methodology • Annex 2B: Explanation of network measures • Annex 2C: Top 20 Mediterranean ports by traffic performance and network centrality scores • Notes • References

Chapter 3: Hinterland Connectivity • Indicators of hinterland connectivity • Annex 3A: Identifying a port’s hinterland • Characteristics of port hinterlands • Notes • References

Chapter 4: Three Case Studies on the Connectivity of Ports • Port market shares in Spain • Port Said East (Egypt) • Tanger Med (Morocco) • Annex 4A: Port choice: Statistical analysis of Spain • Data • Notes • References

Chapter 5: Enhancing Connectivity and Port Development Strategies • Port development strategy and hinterland dynamic • A typology of ports by connectivity and development strategy • Patterns of port development and evolutionary strategies in the Mediterranean • Notes • References

Appendix A: Guide to Port Locations

Appendix B: Descriptions of 17 Major Mediterranean Ports


About the Authors:

Jean-François Arvis, a Senior Economist with the International Trade Department at the World Bank, has been leading the development of advisory work, indicators, and knowledge products in the area of logistics, connectivity, and networks. Prior to joining the Bank, he worked in senior positions with the French Ministry of Economy and Industry (regulation, trade, finance, and development aid). He is a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and École Nationale Supérieure des Mines, and holds a doctorate degree in physics.

Robin Carruthers has a first degree in economics and political institutions, a master’s degree in statistics, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics. Following two decades as Transport Consultant in Australia, Europe, and South America, he joined the World Bank as a Transport Economist. At the Bank, he managed transport and logistics-related projects and studies in each of its six regions, and he supervised its worldwide transport economics activities. He retired from the Bank in 2003. Since then he has been an independent consultant to the United Nations, the World Bank, all the regional development banks, other development agencies, and private companies active in developing countries. He is currently supporting the World Bank in its advice on transport and logistics strategies for Saudi Arabia and Jordan and on road pricing in the United Arab Emirates.

César Ducruet, geographer, is Research Director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris. His work focuses on transport geography and network science with applications to Europe and Asia. Working as an expert for various organizations—the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Bank, Korea Maritime Institute, and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)—he is currently the Principal Investigator of the World Seastems research project funded by the European Research Council (2013–19). He recently edited two books, Maritime Networks (2015) and Advances in Shipping Data Analysis and Modeling (2017) in the Routledge Studies in Transport Analysis series, in addition to authoring many articles about related matters in peer-reviewed journals.

Peter de Langen is the owner and principal consultant of Ports & Logistics Advisory, and he is Visiting Professor at Copenhagen Business School. de Langen held a part-time position as Professor, Cargo Transport & Logistics, at Eindhoven University of Technology (2009-16), and worked at Port of Rotterdam Authority (2007-13). de Langen is Co-Director of the knowledge dissemination platform, “http://www.porteconomics.eu” www.porteconomics.eu. Since 2016, de Langen has worked in various projects as consultant for the World Bank.

Vincent Vesin is a Senior Transport Specialist at the World Bank in Washington, DC. He joined the World Bank in 2008 and has been leading projects and   studies in North Africa, West Africa, and the Middle East in the road, airport, and port sectors. Vesin’s current primary interests center around regional integration, rural mobility, and climate resilience. He is a graduate of École Polytechnique in Paris and holds master’s degrees in engineering from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (now called École des Ponts ParisTech) in Paris, and the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked  in aviation in the private sector.

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Maritime Networks, Port Efficiency, and Hinterland Connectivity in the Mediterranean is intended for a wide readership of policy makers in maritime affairs, trade, or industry; professionals from the world of finance or development institutions; and academics.

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