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Foreland-Based Regionalization: Integrating Intermediate Hubs with Port Hinterlands Theo Notteboom ITMMA - University of Antwerp and Antwerp Maritime Academy Jean-Paul Rodrigue Department of Global Studies & Geography, Hofstra University IFSPA Conference 2009 Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong – 25 -27 May 2009
Content 1. PORT REGIONALIZATION REVISITED 2. THE ROLE AND FUNCTION OF INTERMEDIATE HUBS 3. IN SEARCH OF COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE 4. RECONCILING FORELANDS AND HINTERLANDS 5. AN UNFOLDING PARADIGM?
1. Port Regionalization Re-visited • Globalization - Fragmented production and consumption systems. - Maritime side: • Economies of scale and frequency of service along major pendulum routes. - Inland side: • Spatial deconsolidation (or consolidation). • Local constraints - Congestion and limited amount of land. - Port growth and expansion issues. - Freight activities: • Used to take place in proximity of port terminal facilities. • Setting of a network of inland terminals.
1. Port Regionalization Re-visited The Spatial Development of a Port System Phase 2: Penetration and hinterland capture Phase 1: Scattered ports LAND SEA Phase 3: Interconnection & concentration Phase 4: Centralization Phase 5: Decentralization and insertion of ‘offshore’ hub Phase 6: Regionalization Load center Interior centre Freight corridor Deepsea liner services Shortsea/feeder services Hinterland-based (Regional load centre network) Foreland-based
1. Port Regionalization Re-visited Regionalization and Hinterland Setting North America Coastal concentration Landbridge connections Western Europe Inland concentration Coastal gateways East and Southeast Asia Coastal concentration Low hinterland access
1. Port Regionalization Re-visited - Path dependency: • Building on previous phases and ‘memory effects’. • Follow a similar evolutionary development path. - Degree of contingency: • Deviate from existing development paths. - Consequences: • Port systems do not follow the same sequence of stages. • Some level of disparity among port system developments.
1. Port Regionalization Re-visited • “Terminalization” - Higher level of integration within freight distribution systems through terminals. - Terminals and terminalization: • A buffer to be used for temporary storage. • A constraint inciting various forms of satellite/inland terminal use and inventory in transit practices. • Extended gateways and extended distribution centers. - The need to look at intermediate hubs.
2. The Role and Function of Intermediate Hubs • Emergence - Since the mid 1990 s in many port systems. - Critical factors: • Excellent nautical accessibility. • Proximity of major shipping routes (deviation). • Land for future expansion. - Mostly owned by port holdings or carriers. - Not in all port systems: • Prevalent in the Mediterranean and Pacific Asia / Middle East. • Limited in the Americas (avoid flag restriction).
2. The Role and Function of Intermediate Hubs • Function - Multiply shipping options. - Optimization of vessel movements: • Hubs, relay or interlining locations. - Points of convergence of regional shipping - Connect the same hierarchy levels and improve connectivity within the network (relay and interlining) - Some intermediary locations strictly perform cargo handling functions and have a nonexistent hinterland
The Insertion of Intermediate Hub Terminals Relay Interlining De e p-s e al ine Hub-and-Spoke Feeder Hub 85% of Transshipment Traffic 15% of Transshipment Traffic
World’s Main Intermediate Hubs, 2007
World’s Main Transshipment Markets, 2007
Transhipment flows in Europe Transhipment hubs in Med (85 -95% transhipment incidence) Gioia Tauro, Algeciras, Taranto, Cagliari, Malta
2. The Role and Function of Intermediate Hubs • Regional shipping networks - Ports feel that serving feeder vessels means a loss of status. - Feeder options: • Direct feeders between hub and feeder port: - Lowest transit time but requires more feeders and smaller feeder vessels. • Indirect feeders via line-bundling loops including more than one feeder port: - Economies of feeder vessel size, but incur longer distances and longer transit times.
2. The Role and Function of Intermediate Hubs • Vulnerability of intermediate hubs to container growth and decline - Direct end-to-end or line-bundling services versus hub-and-spoke: a hub can become a redundant node in the network - Footloose behaviour of transhipment/relay volumes
Transhipment Hubs in the West Mediterranean Taranto Valencia (MSC) Cagliari Piraeus (? ) Algeciras Gioia Tauro Malta
Market shares of ports in the West Mediterranean according to the diversion distance (1975 -2008) Source: Notteboom (2009)
Competition from new port developments in Med Container throughput in million TEU, capacity extensions in million TEU Djendjen (Algeria) Capacity: +2 (DP World) Bejaia (Algeria) Ambarli (Turkey) Traffic: 0. 15 (2008) Capacity: +2. 5 (>2010) Traffic: 2. 26 (2008) Algiers (Algeria) Beirut (Libanon) Traffic: 0. 5 (2007) Capacity: +0. 8 (2010) Traffic: 0. 95 (2008) Mersin (Turkey) Misurata (Libya) Initial plans Tanger Med II APMT/Akwa: + 3 mln TEU (2012) PSA: +2 mln TEU (2012) Haifa (Israel) Tanger Med APMT: + 1. 5 mln TEU Eurogate: +1. 5 mln TEU Damietta (Egypt) Capacity: +4 (2012) Rades (Tunisia) Traffic: 0. 3 (2007) Enfidha (Tunisia) Capacity: +1 (2011) +2. 5 (period 2011 -2015) +2 (period 2015 -2030) PLAN OF TANGER MED Source: Notteboom (2009) Traffic: 1. 39 (2008) Port Said (Egypt) Traffic: 3. 2 (2008) Capacity: +2. 5 (2011)
3. Foreland-Based Regionalization: In Search of Competitive Advantage • Vulnerability of intermediate hubs: - Narrow focus on transhipment only - Competition on basic resources such as location, nautical accessibility, terminal infrastructure and on terminal productivity - Sources of competition can rather easily be imitated by competitors => hard to create a sustainable competitive advantage
3. Foreland-Based Regionalization: In Search of Competitive Advantage • Intermediate hubs likely to play a more important role beyond pure transhipment: - Capitalize on scale increases of vessels: • Undermining the serviceability of some ports (lack of connectivity) • Hubs offer advantages of consolidation + support a level of traffic not feasible otherwise - Extracting more value/economic rent from cargo passing through: • Using the hub for added-value logistical activities (see e. g. Theys et al, 2008) • Low-end to high-end value added activities (e. g. mass customization of products) • Low cost location before entering high distribution cost areas • Free-trade zone status can trigger development of value-added services
3. Foreland-Based Regionalization: In Search of Competitive Advantage Inland Terminal HINTERLAND FORELAND Main Shipping Lane INTERMEDIATE HUB - Integration of intermediate hubs in regional shipping networks. - The maritime foreland of the intermediate hub is functionally acting as a hinterland. - Reconciling operational characteristics of forelands and hinterlands
4. Foreland-Based Regionalization: Reconciling Forelands and Hinterlands • Different momentums - Maritime momentum (carriers’ needs): • Economies of scale. • Optimal network configuration (concentration). - Inland momentum (shippers’ needs): • Spatial coverage (deconcentration). • Frequency and flexibility. - A growing disparity: • Massification versus atomization. • At a certain traffic level; inland diseconomies of scale.
The “Last Mile” in Freight Distribution Frequency Capacity Shipping Network Corridor Segment “Last Mile”
Functional and Geographical Diffusion of Containerization: Globalization and Regionalization Foreland Traffic Cost per TEU-KM Hinterland Traffic Regionalization Volume
4. Foreland-Based Regionalization: Reconciling Forelands and Hinterlands • Reconciliation - Hinterland-based regionalization permitted inland freight traffic to keep up with volume and network configuration changes. - Foreland-based regionalization enables small and medium-sized ports an integration to an intermediate hub: • Long distance volatile transshipment traffic complemented with more stable regional traffic. • Functional gateway of a regional port system. • Competitiveness of a maritime range.
Port Regionalization Clusters in Pacific Asia Hinterland-based regionalization Foreland-based regionalization
5. An Unfolding Paradigm? • Changing role of intermediate hubs in regional shipping networks ? - Competitive strategy to cope with risks: • Footloose operators and shifts in maritime shipping networks. • Secure traffic from smaller regional ports. • Capture added value. • Perception of the feeder function - Ports prefer direct calls. - Option: link to more than one hub. • Transition phase? - Foreland-based regionalization appears to be a distinct phase on its own.