Port Investment: Towards an Integrated Planning of Port Capacity

This monograph presents a thesis undertaken to support strategic planning of a single node in a transportation service network, which is characterized by competition. The author develops a methodology for the planning of a port's capacity in which modeling of the system, based on pragmatic application of economic concepts, is a major component. The challenge is to integrate port-commercial and public interests in such methodology, and to incorporate competition, autonomous growth of demand, economies of scale and technological development. The author first presents European and Dutch port policy regarding financing of port investment and port pricing in order to find out if self-financing of port expansion fits within present port policies. The author then reviews and develops concepts for planning of port capacity, particularly as they relate to port expansion. An operational framework for planning of port capacity is presented. This is followed by a modeling approach for port planning, including a pragmatic solution for port-congestion pricing. The author also reviews developments in container transportation technology and discusses an approach to incorporate these developments in the modeling approach. The methodology is then applied to the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The study focuses on a hypothetical port expansion by means of land reclamation and emphasizes the trade-offs in planning for port capacity. The author concludes that the results support the arguments of those opposing government subsidies for large-scale port investment projects (because of the "leakage" of positive benefits to other governments). The author maintains, however, that this should be traded off against efficient gains for domestic users due to economies of scale (and scope) in port operation, which requires the presence of non-domestic users to obtain sufficiently large cargo volumes.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: TRAIL Thesis series T2005/5
  • Features: Bibliography; Figures; Glossary; Maps; Tables;
  • Pagination: 191p
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01004112
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9055840653
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 23 2005 10:39AM