The paper opens with a discussion of the factors which affect a liner owner's decision on which ports to use, the first of these being port costs; second, cargo handling costs and third the cost of the ship while in port: in broad terms the cost per ton is the simple controlling factor. Stevedoring and ship turnround are commented on and thirteen other influencing factors are discussed, including (1) which ports do customers require?, (2) to what extent is the port willing or able to permit the owner to run his own terminal operation?, (3) what is the labour relations record like? and (4) is the port contracting or expanding etc?. Next the author examines the effects of differential pricing policies on the traffic flows from an adjacent region to a particular port. In Section 5 the choice of Middlesborough by UKWAL (United Kingdom West Africa Lines) as an additional berthing port is described. Concluding his paper the author states that the most fundamental factor is that of productivity expressed in the form of the lowest possible unit cost to the shipowner; costs are the major element of which the shipowner is constantly aware.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper given at the ICHCA (UK) Seminar on 28 November 1979, London, 10 p. Copies of original material available to members at a cost of 0.15 pounds per page, and to non-members at 0.30 pounds per page to include postage. There will be a minimum charge of 0.50 pounds to members and 2.00 pounds to non-members for this service.
  • Corporate Authors:

    International Cargo Handling Coordination Assn

    Abford House, 15 Wilton Road
    London SW1V 1LX,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Earlam, P F
  • Publication Date: 1980

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  • Pagination: p. 4
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00311485
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: International Cargo Handling Coordination Assn
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1980 12:00AM