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Analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the cruise shipping network in the Asian-Australasian region

Kanrak, M, Nguyen, H-O ORCID: 0000-0002-9167-0143 and Du, Y ORCID: 0000-0001-7540-493X 2022 , 'Analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the cruise shipping network in the Asian-Australasian region' , Journal of International Logistics and Trade, vol. 20, no. 1 , pp. 1-17 , doi: 10.24006/jilt.2022.20.1.001.

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Abstract

This study investigated the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on the Asian-Australasian cruise shipping network. The analysis was carried out using complex network analysis and data collected for two periods, before and after the pandemic outbreak. The analysis revealed that the network structure and properties have changed after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Interestingly, the network's density and the number of links have increased, but its scale-free property remains with the degree distribution follows the power law. The network has a higher connectivity efficiency with a smaller average path length and a higher clustering coefficient. Its hub ports still maintain an extensive connection. The network's flow efficiency becomes higher and connectivity stronger after the pandemic. The role of cruise ports has changed as indicated by the degree, betweenness, closeness and eigenvector centralities. The studys findings indicate that the cruise shipping sector could further enhance efficiency and identify strategies to assist the management in similar circumstances.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kanrak, M and Nguyen, H-O and Du, Y
Keywords: cruise shipping network, coronavirus, network change, complex network analysis, cruise operations, Asia and Australasia, statistical properties, transportation networks maritime transport, tourism
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of International Logistics and Trade
Publisher: Jungseok Research Institute of International Logistics and Trade
ISSN: 1738-2122
DOI / ID Number: 10.24006/jilt.2022.20.1.001
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© 2022. Jungseok Research Institute of International Logistics and Trade.

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