Service Fee and Capacity Choice of an Inland River Port

The inland waterway transport has attracted a lot of attention from the countries and regions in the last fifteen years. Many projects all over the world have been carried out to develop the inland waterway transport as a mode favoured to alleviate road congestion. This paper studies the joint decision of the location, service fee and port capacity for one inland river port. The authors assume that the cargo shippers are spatially distributed along the river and they select the inland river port using transshipment service or the road transportation to the junction port connecting the river and the sea. Another problem of the inland waterway transport is that the navigational restriction is heterogeneous along the river. The vessels must abide by certain specifications, such as water draught, width and length of the locks. And thus, transport unit size is restricted and different, which affects the average transport cost per unit cargo from the port to the junction port. To incorporate the heterogeneous navigational restriction into the current study, the authors suppose the transport cost per unit cargo is monotonically increasing from the junction port to the inland port along the river. They develop a mathematical model to examine the joint choice of the port location, service fee and capacity of an inland river port and explicitly take into account the spatial distribution of shippers along the river and the navigational nature of the river.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 577-587
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA) 2013: Trade, Supply Chain Activities and Transport: Contemporary Logistics and Maritime Issues

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  • Accession Number: 01497155
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9789623677677
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 2013 6:51PM