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Unknown Unknowns: US container port resilience in the new Panama Canal expansion era


Justice, V and Bhaskar, P and Pateman, H and Cain, P and Cahoon, S, Unknown Unknowns: US container port resilience in the new Panama Canal expansion era, Proceedings of the 2014 International Association of Maritime Economists Conference, 15-18 July 2014, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, pp. 1-20. (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The resilience of US container ports is increasingly challenged by disruptive and stressful events such as regulatory change, adverse weather, larger container ship sizes, changing patterns of trade and sea routes, and importantly, the still to be quantified effects of enlarging the capabilities and capacity of the Panama Canal. Port sustainability requires the operators to be resilient in their practices, to maintain existing performance levels and to increase market share when opportunity presents. The primary question that this paper addresses is how the US container port might be affected by adverse events, how it transacts its resilience processes, and what key nodal actors within the port networks might become crucial to these processes. A conceptual framework for mapping port system resilience is developed to highlight the key relationships and feedback loops. The framework provides the basis for further research to assist US portsí survival and growth.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:port management, sustainability, resilience, US container ports, Panama Canal expansion
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Transportation, logistics and supply chains not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:International sea freight transport (excl. live animals, food products and liquefied gas)
UTAS Author:Bhaskar, P (Associate Professor Prashant Bhaskar)
UTAS Author:Pateman, H (Dr Hilary Pateman)
UTAS Author:Cain, P (Mr Peter Cain)
UTAS Author:Cahoon, S (Professor Stephen Cahoon)
ID Code:93875
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2014-08-20
Last Modified:2018-03-20

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