Port Competitiveness Determinants of Selected European Ports in the Containerized Cargo Market

The issue of port competitiveness has been an important topic over recent years. With the effects that ports are suffering from the recent economic crisis, it is only gaining importance. This is true also in the context of containerized cargo. Understanding the determinants of port competitiveness is important for port authorities to address the issue of reducing cargo flows. In the containerized cargo market 25% of the world’s top 40 container handling ports have seen a reduction of cargo turnover. Looking at ports in Europe, two out of the top three ports saw a decrease in turnover in 2008. Reacting to these changes with an adequate response is a challenge for the port authorities. This paper will address the issue of competitiveness, the criteria that determine it, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the ports. In the analysis, the focus will be on selected ports of Western Europe. The case of containers will be analyzed since this sector features the strongest worldwide changes. The paper will present the literature review, the information obtained in the interviews with shipping lines, port selection criteria to a set of ports and evaluate their competitiveness, and will draw conclusions.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17p
  • Monograph Title: European Transport Conference, 2010 Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01351669
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 2011 10:18AM