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Rotterdam and Antwerp: a century and a half of port competition in the Rhein-Scheldt-Meuse delta (1860-2000)

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Dutch title: Rotterdam en Antwerpen: anderhalve eeuw havenconcurrentie in de Rijn-Schelde-Maas delta (1860-2000)
Reference no: 3H000254
Period: January 2001 till December 2002
Status: Completed

Thesaurus term: Ports
Geographical term: Belgium, Zeeschelde, Antwerp Harbour [Marine Regions]

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  • KU Leuven (KULeuven), more
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Economie, Wetenschap en Innovatie; Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen (FWO), more, sponsor

This project aims at comparing the development of the port of Rotterdam and the port of Antwerp (1860-2000). Throughout history both ports have been confronted with the same exogenous factors, they are both situated in the same delta and they share more or less the same hinterland. Why did the port of Antwerp and Rotterdam nevertheless become two entirely different ports? This question can only be answered by concentrating on the core business of the ports: cargo flows. Not only shall we study maritime transhipment, we will also concentrate on cargo flows to and from the hinterland; Furthermore we will pay attention to value added in both ports. Value added is a very important criterion in the expansion of ports and a very comparable one. The development of both ports will finally be explained through transport prices and port rates.

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