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Evaluating the applicability of sea basing to support the preparation for, and response to, rapid onset disasters
Griffith Business School.
Hanken School of Economics.
Hanken School of Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5242-5981
2016 (English)In: IEEE transactions on engineering management, ISSN 0018-9391, E-ISSN 1558-0040, Vol. 63, no 1, 67-77 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Using four case studies of the response of the international community to major rapid onset natural disasters, this paper analyzes the advantages and challenges inherent in the provision of logistics support through the use of a floating warehouse; otherwise known as “sea basing.” Through a comparison of the costs and benefits of the use of alternative sea-basing models with the actual cost of air transport incurred, this paper demonstrates that the use of sea basing would offer responding agencies significant cost and flexibility benefits, and that the concept has the potential to be extended significantly through the use of a bespoke vessel rather than a standard commercial container ship.

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2016. Vol. 63, no 1, 67-77 p.
Keyword [en]
Containers, Earthquakes, Logistics, Marine vehicles, Organizations, Tropical cyclones, Disaster relief, Humanitarian logistics (HL), Inventory location, Sea basing
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Business Administration Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-30096DOI: 10.1109/TEM.2015.2502548ISI: 000369308300006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84949959733OAI: diva2:932082
Available from: 2016-05-31 Created: 2016-05-31 Last updated: 2016-06-02Bibliographically approved

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