Analyzes the development of trans-ocean shipping in the U.S. Trust Territory from 1968-1974. The term "trans-ocean" signifies that portion of the transportation system in which goods are carried between non-Trust Territory ports and the predominant ports of the Territory. Begins by developing a conceptual framework for the analysis of the complex social, economic and political variables which influence the trans-ocean shipping system. The framework is divided into four major sections--development objectives, the port, the merchant and the consumer, and the carrier. Elemental components of each major section, as well as significant inter-component relationships, are described and supported by reference to applicable literature. The discussion shows how key development issues are integrally tied to the question of capital availability, which, in turn, affects other components in the framework. The relationship of physical port facilities and personal attitudes of shore labor to the quality of cargo-handling services. This leads to the relationship of cargo-handling quality (and its "cost") to the carrier's voyage cost, thus through the medium of freight rates to the costs pertinent to the merchant and, eventually, to the consumer. The analysis of freight rates is followed by a brief observation on the complicating issues of international currency valuation changes and spiralling fuel costs. Comments on the impact of an import-weighted trade imbalance are followed by an introduction to trade and cargo statistics. The impact of cargo type on the type of vessel utilized is noted. Relationships between vessel type and cargo-handling techniques, carrier costs, and route structure and frequency are reviewed. In the areas of route planning and port development priority, the application of network anlaysis techniques is presented, including an original model that addresses the problem of minimum-cost routing. Recommendations are made for the improvement of future trans-ocean shipping services in the Trust Territory.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Doctoral dissertation, University of Washington, 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Washington, Seattle

    Seattle, WA  United States  98195
  • Authors:
    • Shechter, J
  • Publication Date: 1975-2

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 222

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00095140
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: University of Washington, Seattle
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 29 1975 12:00AM