Macroscopic patterns of global maritime flows and global trade growth has inevitably resulted in a regular increase in the number of ports and vessels since the late nineteenth century. Yet the number of inter-port links and vessel calls has fluctuated much more widely. Over the last 125 years, three peaks of global maritime activity have coincided with periods of relative economic prosperity and great and the large-scale diffusion of technological innovations: steam shipping (1890-1925), diesel engines (1960-1970) and massive containerships (1985-present).
PortEconomics associate member Cesar Ducruet with his viewpoint published in the 65th issue of Port Technology Initernational (PTI) looks at global maritime connectivity as a long-term perspective.
Read Cesar’s interesting viewpoint @ PortEconomics.