On reconciling macro and micro energy transport forecasts for strategic decision making in the tanker industry

Wessam Abouarghoub, Nikos Nomikos, Fotios Petropoulos

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We propose the use of hierarchical structures for forecasting freight earnings. Hierarchical time series approaches are applied in the dry-bulk and tanker markets to identify the most suitable strategy for forecasting freight rates. We argue that decision making for shipping practitioners should be based on forecasts of freight earnings at different hierarchical levels. In other words, different strategic shipping decisions such as operations management, choice of freight charter contract and type of investment should be matched with the appropriate level of forecasts of freight earnings that are aggregated at different macro-levels: operating route, vessel size and type of trade.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-238
Number of pages14
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Early online date31 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018



  • Forecasting
  • Freight earnings
  • Freight revenues
  • Hierarchical aggregation
  • Shipping energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation

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