Investment into container shipping capacity: A real options approach in oligopolistic competition

The authors develop a container industry-specific real options investment model in oligopolistic competition taking into account endogenous price function, fuel-efficient investment, endogenous lead times, and endogenous price formation in the second-hand vessel market. They assess how optimal capacity is influenced by competitive intensity, number of players, volatility, fuel-efficiency, lead time, and cost. Moreover, they investigate optimal investment policies. The authors find that strategic action increases firm value and that it is worthwhile to consider alliances. Additionally, players in the market should consider retrofitting old vessels for fuel economy in economic downturns and using new, fuel-efficient vessels for capacity expansion in market upswings.


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  • Accession Number: 01611357
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 1 2016 2:35PM