Port Policy and Port Choice: The Spanish Case

This article reports on a study of Spanish ports, focusing on the factors that influence users’ choice of which port to patronize. The study looked at ports that had two different governing frameworks: individual Port Authorities (private) and State Port Authorities (government). The authors report on a survey of Spanish port personnel, using both descriptive analysis and exploratory factor analysis. The study addresses three hypotheses: a de-centralized landlord port system is compatible with a central coordination agency; geographical location determines policy priorities for port governance institutions; and, if true, there is an overlap in terms of efficiency. The authors conclude that the Spanish port system has progressively adapted to international change, changes in maritime transport systems, and the selection of routes. The government perspective focused more on international reputation, customs legislation, and ensuring there is enough port space. The private perspective emphasized the factors of overland connections, feeder connections, port tariffs, and terminal management tariffs. The authors also briefly discuss the impact of geographical location.

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    • Gonzalez-Laxe, Fernando
    • Freire-Seoane, Maria Jesus
    • Montes, Carlos Pais
  • Publication Date: 2015-12


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01605154
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2016 2:39PM