Port Economics, Management and Policy provides a comprehensive analysis of the contemporary port industry, showing how ports are organized to serve the global economy and support regional and local development.

Structured in eight sections plus an introduction and epilog, this textbook examines a wide range of seaport topics, covering maritime shipping and international trade, port terminals, port governance, port competition, port policy and much more.

Key features of the book include:

  • Multidisciplinary perspective, drawing on economics, geography, management science and engineering
  • Multisector analysis including containers, bulk, break-bulk and the cruise industry
  • Focus on the latest industry trends, such as supply chain management, automation, digitalization and sustainability

Benefitting from the authors’ extensive involvement in shaping the port sector across five continents, this text provides students and scholars with a valuable resource on ports and maritime transport systems. Practitioners and policymakers can also use this as an essential guide towards better port management and governance.

part Part I|103 pages

Ports and maritime shipping

chapter Chapter 1.1|16 pages

Maritime shipping and international trade

chapter Chapter 1.2|14 pages

Ports and maritime supply chains

chapter Chapter 1.3|26 pages

Ports and container shipping

chapter Chapter 1.4|12 pages

Ports and distribution networks

chapter Chapter 1.5|20 pages

Ports and cruise shipping

chapter Chapter 1.6|14 pages

Interoceanic passages

part Part II|78 pages

Contemporary ports

chapter Chapter 2.1|12 pages

The changing geography of seaports

chapter Chapter 2.2|23 pages

Port hinterlands, regionalization and corridors

chapter Chapter 2.3|15 pages

Dry ports

chapter Chapter 2.4|12 pages

Digital transformation

chapter Chapter 2.5|15 pages

Green supply chain management in ports

part Part III|97 pages

Port terminals

chapter Chapter 3.1|17 pages

Terminals and terminal operators

chapter Chapter 3.2|16 pages

Terminal concessions and land leases

chapter Chapter 3.3|8 pages

Financialization and terminal funding

chapter Chapter 3.4|12 pages

Container terminal design and equipment

chapter Chapter 3.5|8 pages

Bulk and break-bulk terminal design and equipment

chapter Chapter 3.6|8 pages

Cruise terminal design and equipment

chapter Chapter 3.7|11 pages

Port labor

chapter Chapter 3.8|7 pages

Terminal automation

chapter Chapter 3.9|9 pages

Port terminal construction

part Part IV|84 pages

Port governance

chapter Chapter 4.1|20 pages

Port governance and reform

chapter Chapter 4.2|11 pages

Port authorities

chapter Chapter 4.3|16 pages

Port coordination and cooperation

chapter Chapter 4.4|11 pages

Port clusters

chapter Chapter 4.5|16 pages

Green port governance

chapter Chapter 4.6|9 pages

Port management, governance and leadership

part Part V|50 pages

Port competition

chapter Chapter 5.1|7 pages

Inter-port competition

chapter Chapter 5.2|6 pages

Intra-port competition

chapter Chapter 5.3|12 pages

Port marketing

chapter Chapter 5.4|16 pages

Port pricing

chapter Chapter 5.5|8 pages

Entry barriers in seaports

part Part VI|46 pages

Port performance

chapter Chapter 6.1|8 pages

Port performance

chapter Chapter 6.2|14 pages

Port efficiency

chapter Chapter 6.3|8 pages

Port effectiveness

chapter Chapter 6.4|15 pages

Port resilience

part Part VII|84 pages

Port policies and development

chapter Chapter 7.1|20 pages

Ports, policies, and politics

chapter Chapter 7.2|14 pages

Ports and economic development

chapter Chapter 7.3|22 pages

Port planning and development

chapter Chapter 7.4|17 pages

Port–city relationships

chapter Chapter 7.5|10 pages

Representing port interests

part Part VIII|57 pages

Port markets

chapter Chapter 8.1|16 pages

Cruise ports

chapter Chapter 8.2|13 pages

Break bulk

chapter Chapter 8.3|10 pages

Ports and energy

chapter Chapter 8.4|10 pages


chapter Chapter 8.5|7 pages

Port cold chains

chapter |5 pages