Hub-and-spoke network design for container shipping along the Yangtze River

Jianfeng Zheng, Dong Yang

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This paper reports the design of a hub-and-spoke network for a shipping company that is consistent with the characteristics of the Yangtze River. We first explore the economies of scale for container shipping by applying empirical data. Next, we propose a mixed-integer linear programming model, factoring in ship-operating and container-handling costs. We then conduct a numerical experiment and test the effectiveness of the model, and finally discuss the implications of hub-and-spoke shipping network design. The findings reported herein support the trends toward cargo concentration and port regionalization along the Yangtze River.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-57
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Transport Geography
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016


  • Cargo concentration and port regionalization
  • Hub-and-spoke network design
  • Inland river shipping
  • Mixed-integer linear programming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Environmental Science(all)


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