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Volume 58, 2018GLOBMAR 2018 - Global Maritime Conference
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|Published online||03 December 2018|
Container terminals competitive factors – results of an international survey
University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Economics, Institute of Maritime Transport and Seaborne Trade, Poland
2 University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Management, Department of Statistics, Poland
3 Corresponding author: email@example.com
Container terminals require continuous benchmarking of competitiveness factors. This paper discusses factors of competitiveness with a main focus on feeder and mixed terminals (in which both feeder and transshipment services are provided). Method statement includes an economic literature review with respect to competitiveness factors and a container port expert survey process to achieve a list of most important factors among global container port operators. Experts were selected from different countries and private container terminals. A questionnaire was developed and sent online to them. Questions required both a ranking of factors as well as assigning monetary values to critical variables. Responses were analyzed using a pre-established strategy. Overall, experts ranked first the role of market related competitiveness factors related to service quality, price level and adaptability to the changing market environment. Intermodal links and general hinterland connections factors were more often mentioned than factors relating to nautical accessibility or other factors. Both assignment of monetary values as well as ranking have produced mutually coherent results. The paper does not claim to be definitive; it aims to provide an update of competitive factors hierarchy and highlights issues for further port development.
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