The French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research
Research Unit: Freight systems
Marne-la-Vallée, "Le Descartes 2"
2 rue de la Butte Verte
93166 NOISY LE GRAND CEDEX FRANCE
Tel.: + 33 (0)1 45 92 56 72
Fax: + 33 (0)1 45 92 56 71
His research addresses the role of shipping lines in globalization: the organization of their maritime networks, their involvement in inland services and their role in the logistics chain. Far from being uniform, the maritime networks of the world’s largest shipping lines are differentiated. They are now integrated within larger transport chains which extend inland. Nevertheless, they remain the core business and an essential source of competitiveness for the shipping lines. These studies are based on the WCTC (Weekly Containerized Transport Capacity) database which evaluates the weekly containerized transport capacity in TEUs each shipping line or alliance allocates to a given service.
He has also an expertise about the development of inland services from ports, the development of combined transport in Europe, the governance of ports and the relations between public and private players.
He is currently managing a project granted by the French National Research Agency (ANR) titled “A sustainable transport solution: French river cities and their ports. A comparative study of Paris, Lyon, Lille and Strasbourg with international comparisons” (FLUIDE project). Supplying the metropolises depends on major national and international flows, the latter of which transit through sea ports. What potential does river transport have for carrying international and national traffic into these cities? How could the distribution of the goods in question within the urban area then be organized? Do these cities have the potential to concentrate, organize and link together international, national and local flows?
He supervises Ph.D candidates. His researches are published in books or in academic journals (list of publications). He participates regularly to international conferences. He is associate editor of the European Transport Research Review and corresponding editor of L’espace géographique. He is also President of the AFITL (The French Association of Institutes of Transports and Logistics)
- Soppe M., Parola, F. and Fremont, A. (2009) Emerging inter-industry partnerships between shipping lines and stevedores: from rivalry to cooperation? Journal of Transport Geography, Vol.17, 10-20.
- Fremont, A. and Ducruet, C. (2005) The emergence of a mega-port – From the global to the local, the case of Busan,Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 96(4), pp. 421-432.
- Slack, B. and Fremont, A. (2005) Transformation of Port Terminal Operations: From the Local to the Global, Transport Reviews, 25(1), pp. 117-130.
- Frémont A. & Franc P. (2010). Hinterland transportation in Europe: Combined transport versus road transport, Journal of Transport Geography, 18(4), pp.548-556.
- Fremont A. (2009) Shipping Lines and Logistics, Transport Reviews, Vol.29, n°4, pp.537-554.
- Slack. B., Fremont, A. (2009) Fifty years of organisational change in container shipping: regional shift and the role of family firms, Geojournal, Vol. 74, n° 1, 23-34.
- Fremont A. (2007) Global maritime networks. The case of Maersk, Journal of Transport Geography, vol. 15, n° 6, pp.431-442.
- Fremont A., Ducruet C. (2005) The Emergence of a Mega-Port- from the Global to the Local, the Case of Busan, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Vol. 96, n° 4, pp. 421-432.
- Fremont A., Lavaud-Letilleul V., (2009) Rethinking Proximity : New Opportunities for Port Development. The Case of Dunkirk, in Th. Notteboom C. Ducruet, P. de Langen: Ports in Proximity, Ashgate, pp. 175-189.
- Fremont, A., Gouvernal, E. (2008) Public and private interests and the balance between local and national claims: the French experience, in E. Musso, H. Ghiara: Ports and Regional Economies, McCraw-Hill, pp. 43-60
- Fremont, A., Soppe, M. (2007) Northem European Range: Shipping Line Concentration and Port Hierarchy, in J. Wang, TH. Notteboom, B. Slack , Ports, Cities and Global Supply Chains, Ashgate, pp. 105-120.