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Risk analysis for container shipping: from a logistics perspective

Chang, CH, Xu, J and Song, D-P (2015) Risk analysis for container shipping: from a logistics perspective. The International Journal of Logistics Management, 26 (1). pp. 147-171. ISSN 0957-4093

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore and analyse the risks in container shipping operations from a logistics perspective. In the paper, risks associated with the three flows in logistics − information, physical, and payment flow are identified and analysed.
Design/methodology/approach – The use of case study method was first explained and justified. Second, risk identification was started with supporting references, several interviews were then conducted to identify and validate the potential risks in container shipping operations. A questionnaire was deployed to collect related data; and the impacts of the risks were then assessed and ranked using the method of risk mapping.
Findings – The paper has identified a total of 35 risk factors and classified them into different categories. The paper has also revealed that the risks associated with physical flows have more serious risk impacts than the other types of risks; however, one of the risk factors associated with information flow (shippers hiding cargo information) is the most significant one among all the factors.
Originality/value – Although many studies have been conducted on container shipping operational risks, no studies so far have approached this issue from a perspective that inclusively examines all the possible risks and comprehensively evaluates the relative importance of each of them. This study has identified the risks in container shipping operations, and analysed and ranked the level of these risks. The research further “refines” the findings of some previous studies by placing the risk factors addressed therein in a full “risk picture” which was developed systematically.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services, 08 Information and Computing Sciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions: Maritime & Mechanical Engineering (merged with Engineering 10 Aug 20)
Publisher: Emerald
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2019 11:12
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 09:18
DOI or ID number: 10.1108/ijlm-07-2012-0068
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10867
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