标题：Maritime clusters: What can be learnt from the South West of England
作者机构：[Chang, Y.-C] School of Law, Shandong University, Shandong Province 250100, China
通讯作者地址：[Chang, YC]Shandong Univ, Sch Law, Jinan 250100, Shandong Prov, Peoples R China.
来源：Ocean & coastal management
摘要：The South West of England is a very extensive region, with constraints in terms of its transport network. It is imperative if the region is to optimise its economic development for transport services to fully utilise all transport modes, not least, short sea shipping. To achieve this objective will require, inter alia, investment in the region\'s port infrastructure. The result of this study suggests that each South West port provides a hub to develop a small maritime cluster which provides some sort of platform for marine and maritime related activities or businesses to co-ordinate and communicate. In addition, the region is well placed geographically in relation to a number of other European Union countries, with which to develop seaborne trade links. If this can be supported both by the development of coastal shipping links between regional ports and the incremental capability of rail and road transport within the region, then substantial increased economic activity for the region could result. Moreover, it would be beneficial if the region\'s ports could act as a maritime cluster, optimising the contribution each port can make. This in no way would preclude healthy competition between the ports.