Exploring the topology of the maritime transport network in a large-scale archipelago: a complex network approach

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In this study, we use a complex network analysis approach to investigate the topological structure of container shipping networks in the Indonesia archipelago to understand the network topology. Containerized cargo is responsible for more than half of the inter-island trade volume, making it one critical freight transport mode in the Indonesia archipelago. We summarize the network topological structure by measures such as degree distribution, average path length, and average clustering coefficient. Based on the initial result, we find that the degree distribution of the container shipping network in archipelago fits a hybrid distribution. The distribution proves the studied network is not scale-free. With regards to the network structure, the archipelago’s shipping network exhibits a short path length and a low value of the clustering coefficient, potentially rejecting the small-world structure hypothesis. These initial findings provide evidence that the maritime shipping network in a large-scale archipelago shows a distinctive pattern compared to other maritime shipping networks in the existing literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Harbor, Maritime and Multimodal Logistic Modeling & Simulation (HMS 2020)
EditorsEleonora Bottani, Agostino G. Bruzzone, Francesco Longo, Yuri Merkuryev, Miquel Angel Piera
PublisherInternational Multidisciplinary Modeling & Simulation Multiconference (I3M)
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-88-85741-46-1
ISBN (Print)9788885741461
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Harbour, Maritime and Multimodal Logistics Modelling and Simulation
ISSN (Print)2724-0339


  • Complex network
  • Indonesia
  • Large-scale archipelago
  • Maritime shipping network
  • Network topology


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