INHERENT PROBLEMS OF INTERMODAL TRANSPORT IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

The problems that developing countries face in the area of intermodal transportation are explored, and in particular, problems that relate to containerization. Reviewing the characteristics of the changing pattern of intermodal transport, the paper discusses two areas of profound change: organization and technology. The first involves a tremendous increase in the competition between transport modes, which forces transport companies to become larger and more integrated to retain and expand their market shares. The second, technological aspect, involves the growing cost of the initial capital investment in infrastructure and equipment, and a growing operational complexity in the areas of data processing, communications and trained staff. To cope with these financial and technical difficulties in a developing country, the paper suggests the establishment of a pivotal port for that country, with feeder service emanating from that port. The "bridging" concept of a multipurpose terminal is also introduced. This involves developing a multipurpose terminal whose planning takes into account the possible future conversion of the terminal into a specialized facility.

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    • Conference paper
  • Authors:
    • Vigueras, M
    • Agos, F E
    • Arana, E
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  • Pagination: 7p.

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  • Accession Number: 00659527
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM