How Small and Medium-Sized Ports (SMPs) Compete in Multi-Ports Gateway Regions: The Case Study of Zhuhai Port in Pearl River Delta Region (PRD) of China

This paper focuses on how small and medium-sized ports (SMPs) can survive and become competitive in multi-ports gateway regions by introducing the case study of Zhuhai Port in the Pearl River Delta region (PRD) of China, the most prominent container multi-port gateway region in the world characterized by intensified competition. The authors will illustrate the port hierarchy system and competition in the PRD and demonstrate that by transforming the strategic position of Zhuhai Port through a differentiated market segment strategy, the construction of a sea-river port to expand the hinterland and the development of specialized docks, Zhuhai Port exhibits an external port growth path, which is more applicable for SMPs worldwide. Conclusions are drawn with respect to how SMPs can compete in multi-port gateway regions and improve networking through their internal (based on previous studies on SMPs) and external growth and how they can transform port competition in the region.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 384-394
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA) 2012: Transport Logistics for Sustainable Growth at a New Level

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  • Accession Number: 01484911
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9789623677578
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 23 2013 8:48PM