By Hercules E. Haralambides
It is key analyzing for port execs, coverage makers, students, and researchers attracted to port economics.
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Unfortunately, there is no attempt to model port choice based on the supply chain perspective. The study stops short of suggesting that port infrastructure, cost, services and geographical location are criteria that guide shipping line decisions in the context of North America port competition. D’Este and Meyrick (1992a, b) examined carrier selection in a Ro/Ro ferry trade in the Bass Strait market (between mainland Australia and Tasmania) and established that shippers treat ports as just another factor in the 34 Mateus Magala and Adrian Sammons overall carrier selection process.
The inland system is highly clustered but with significant distances between those clusters once beyond coastal areas. In Pacific Asia and particularly in China, most of the manufacturing activities and logistics zones are directly adjacent to the gateways due to low hinterland accessibility: port regionalization simply involves the opening of new terminals that are diverting local truck flows. It is not a matter of accessing the hinterland, but insuring that local/regional manufacturing clusters have the port capacity to support their export oriented function.
MSC is amongst the poorest performers with only 41%. MSC keeps time buffers relatively low and tries to solve resulting problems via ad hoc changes to the order of port calls, the ad hoc transhipments of containers at relay ports in the Mediterranean and the seemingly random skipping of one or more ports of call during a round voyage. 1 Schedule reliability in container shipping, 2010 Source: Drewry, 2010. Alternatively, Maersk Line is more strict in respecting the scheduled times and the order of ports of call.