Cargo-handling methods from the end of the 19th century to the present time are reviewed. The relationship between route conditions and choice of handling technology is explored with particular reference to routes between developed and developing countries. Three strongly competing systems are considered: cellular container, conventional container, and ro/ro ships. The first part of the analysis concentrates on those route conditions, excluding port congestion, which control comparative ship costs per ton of cargo; these conditions are investigated in a model of round trip costs. The second part deals more generally with factors controlling comparative performance in ports and hinterlands. Owing to significant variation in the latter, it was not possible to draw precise conclusions; factors controlling the choice of system could, however, be identified, and this in turn indicates likely trends in the choice of shipping system.

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    London School of Economics and Political Science

    Houghton Street, Aldwych
    London WC2A 2AE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Gilman, S
  • Publication Date: 1977-1

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  • Accession Number: 00158019
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1977 12:00AM