Competitiveness of the North Adriatic Ports in Various Cargo Flows on Selected Transport Routes

Within a narrow catchment area, the ports of Trieste, Koper, and Rijeka on the North Adriatic Sea have operated as competitors. All of them gravitate to the same natural hinterland, yet each of them operates with a very different approach. In assessing the competitiveness of a certain transportation route involving hub ports, land communications with the hinterland, size of the catchment area, and factors such as port charges, inland transport charges, and time required are considered essential determinants for the selection of an optimum transportation route. This paper proposes a collective competitiveness index that considers these factors in order to assess the overall competitiveness of a certain port. The model is aimed at evaluating the overall competitiveness level of the port of Rijeka with respect to these factors and comparing it to the competitiveness levels of Trieste and Koper for selected routes and cargo types. Findings show that Rijeka is in competition with Koper where general cargo is concerned, with the point of destination/departure in Vienna, as well as where general cargo, coal and grain are concerned with their point of destination/departure in Budapest. Compared to Trieste, Rijeka provides a better choice in respect to general cargo and grain in transit for Budapest.

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  • Authors:
    • Dundovic, Cedomir
    • Hess, Svjetlana
  • Publication Date: 2005


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 205-216
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  • Accession Number: 01006901
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 29 2005 4:26PM