The Caribbean Basin: Adjusting to Global Trends in Containerization

Container shipping has undergone a radical transformation over the last decade. Traffic volumes have expanded significantly, and there has been a parallel increase in ship capacity, marked most notable by growth in the size of vessels. This paper explores changes in container shipping in the Caribbean basin between 1994 and 2002. 1994 was the year prior to formation of most of the global alliances. It also predates the entry of significant numbers of post-Panama ships. 2002 is the most recent year for which data are available and by which time some of the adjustments had become apparent. The paper examines three issues: (1) it analyses the container service network configurations; (2) it interprets the actual patterns of container port activity; and (3) it examines how the port system is becoming dominated by some ports that have taken on an important transshipment role. The paper also recognizes the existence of several orders of hub ports, the major ones being: Colon, Freeport and Port of Spain.

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  • Authors:
    • McCalla, Robert J
    • Slack, Brian
    • Comtois, Claude
  • Publication Date: 2005-9


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  • Accession Number: 01006603
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 2005 12:03PM