Competitiveness determinants of some European ports in the containerized cargo market
Faculty of Applied Economics
Namur :University Press, 2011
Proceedings of the BIVEC-GIBET Transport Research Day 2011
University of Antwerp
The issue of port competitiveness has been an important topic over recent years, and, with the effects that ports are suffering from the recent crisis, it is only gaining importance. This is true also in the context of containerized cargo. Understanding the determinants of port competitiveness is important to address the issue of reducing cargo flows. In order to identify the determinants of port ompetitiveness, a literature review based on 30 sources was done. We focused on the port selection criteria that other authors identify as important and also on the methodology that they use. To test the information obtained in the literature review and evaluate the criteria identified in the literature, interviews with shipping lines were held. Then, by applying the port selection criteria to a set of ports in Europe, we compare their attractiveness and draw conclusions.