Ships transport goods between geographical points and facilitate global trade activities (Lun and Browne in Int J Shipping Transp Logistics 1(2):103–18, 2009). Shipping, which involves the movement of cargo between different physical locations, is one of the world’s most internationalized industries that support global trade as a cost-effective means to move large volumes of cargo around the world (Lun and Marlow in Int J Shipping Transp Logistics 3(1):57–71, 2011). Shipping includes all activities that move cargo to, from, and between the key actors in the transport chain (Zhang et al. in Int J Shipping Transp Logistics 3(3):312–322, 2011). Shipping activities contribute to the specialization of industrial activities and allow for mass production (Wong et al. in Int J Shipping Transp Logistics 4(1):5–16, 2012). The importance of shipping has increased in the past centuries with industrialization, globalization, e-commerce, and the adoption of offshoring and outsourcing strategies.
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