Port Selection and Multicriteria Analysis: An Application to the Montreal-New York Alternative

The accepted shipping line port selection rationale's usefulness in accounting for observed behavior in northeastern North America, particularly in Montreal with the arrival of new global carriers, is assessed. Combined importance of geographic location, service cost, and quality of infrastructure are studied. The authors combined scenarios where relative importance was given to a wide range variation of port performance and selection criteria with a multicriteria approach. Such an approach showed the effects of evaluation change (expressing relative port performance) and criteria weight change (expressing selection rationale) on port preference. The authors argue that based on study results, it is suggested that shipping lines bypass Montreal to call at New York. Carriers must make extensive hinterland coverage a top criterion and cost and/or service performance of ports must be improved for Montreal to be the preferred choice. Hub-and-spoke network evolution paradigm implications are discussed.


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  • Accession Number: 01047071
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 20 2007 7:09PM