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The implications of the growth of port throughput on the port capacity: the case of Malaysian major container seaports


Jeevan, J and Ghaderi, H and Bandara, YM and Saharuddin, AH and Othman, MR, The implications of the growth of port throughput on the port capacity: the case of Malaysian major container seaports, International Journal of e-Navigation and Maritime Economy, 3 pp. 84-98. ISSN 2405-5352 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2015, Korea Advanced Institute for Intelligent Maritime Safety and Technology. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.enavi.2015.12.008


Malaysia, situated between East and West, is an interface in world maritime trade, playing a crucial role in the business of moving container boxes in South-eastern parts of Asia. The prominent container terminals in Malaysia such as Port Klang and Port of Tanjung Pelepas are positioned among the top twenty ports in terms of volume handled. The annual average growth of throughputs in Malaysian container ports increased more than three-fold from the year 2000 to 2010. Within this context, the development of Malaysian seaports has been significantly influenced by three forces: increased use of containerisation, significant growth in domestic economic activities and ever-changing patterns in both supply and demand chains, all of which have led to increased transshipment activities and altered shipping routes. This phenomenon has brought dynamic change to Malaysian container ports, resulting in the establishment of new terminals and adapting emerging technology to enhance the portsí ability to accommodate larger vessels and an increased number of containers. This paper aims to present the development of Malaysian container seaports by addressing changes to acreage size and handling volumes during the last three decades. The results of the analysis suggest that major Malaysian ports are experiencing an exponential growth in container trade with the expansion of port capacity following trade growth and need effective strategies to reduce the operational pressures of Malaysian seaports. The results of this research offer directions for development strategies of seaports by utilising the existing inland freight facilities as an effective strategy for capacity enhancement and develop efficient distribution network to meet future demands.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:trade growth, Malaysia, seaport, container terminal, seaport capacity, dry port
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Logistics
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Other transport
Objective Field:Multimodal transport
UTAS Author:Jeevan, J (Mr Jagan Jeevan)
UTAS Author:Ghaderi, H (Mr Hadi Ghaderi)
ID Code:106918
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2016-02-26
Last Modified:2016-10-17
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