The energetic relationship between ports and cities: how the role of shared values is under pressure

Jos Vroomans*, Harry Geerlings*, Bart Kuipers*

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Abstract

Worldwide, ports are subject to the same trends such as globalization, increase in scale of the modus operandi and the process of containerization. These are general dynamics that are responsible for a changing relationship between the port and the city where it is located. This paper aims to describe and explain the developments that three port regions in Europe have experienced over the last decades, i.e., Hamburg, Antwerp and Rotterdam. Special attention is paid to the relationships between the most important actors within the three port-city clusters. The complex relationships are operationalized by a set of newly developed sensitizing concepts. It is concluded that all three cases have unique shared values play that play a crucial role in the changing relationships between ports and cities. The nature and intensity of these shared values are responsible for the impact of the trends on the relationship between a certain port and its city. E.g., the bond between the port and the city is the strongest in Hamburg and based on a strong culture that strengthen the integration of between port and city in many domains of society. For Antwerp, the political constellation is responsible for a continuing presence in the development of the city and the port, but also of the surrounding smaller municipalities. In Rotterdam, a more business-oriented culture was introduced that replaced a culture of common interests. It is concluded that the three cases have in common that variations in shared values plays a crucial role in the changing relationships between port and city.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2358-2368
Number of pages11
JournalCase Studies on Transport Policy
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

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