Marine trade and analysis of the ports in the Black Sea economic cooperation region

Cifci B. D., Baycan T.

SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN AND BLACK SEA STUDIES, vol.23, no.1, pp.61-88, 2023 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14683857.2022.2096203
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Historical Abstracts, Humanities Abstracts, Index Islamicus, Political Science Complete, Public Affairs Index, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.61-88
  • Keywords: Black Sea economic cooperation, marine trade, social network analysis
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper aims to (i) investigate the crucial role of marine trade, (ii) reveal the main characteristics and the integrating role of ports, (iii) analyse the networks of ports serving at the international level, produce route maps, and examine transportation corridors affecting the BSEC region that constitutes a significant part of Southeast Europe. In this context, we have carried out the social network analysis (SNA), which allows an understanding of the network structure, social dynamics, trends, and the actors' effects in the network. According to SNA, Romania - Constanta Port, Bulgaria - Burgas Port, Ukraine - Chornomorsk Port, Russian Federation - Novorossiysk Port, Georgia - Batumi Port, and Turkey - Samsunport are the most prominent ports of the region. Due to the features they have and their involvement in international transportation projects, the ports are a tool for directing/accelerating foreign trade and marine traffic and developing economic cooperation between countries in the Black Sea Region.