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Container transport network for sustainable development in South Korea


Li, KX and Park, T-J and Lee, PT-W and McLaughlin, H and Shi, W, Container transport network for sustainable development in South Korea, Sustainability, 10, (10) Article 3575. ISSN 2071-1050 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/su10103575


The ever-increasing tendency toward economic globalization highlights the importance of sustainable container transport networks to a country’s international trade, especially for an economy that is highly dependent on exports. This paper aims to develop a transport network connectivity index (TNCI) to measure the container transport connectivity from a multi-modal perspective. The proposed index is based on both graph theory and economics, considering transport infrastructure and capacity, cargo flow, and capacity utilization. Using the case of South Korea as an example, we apply the TNCI to assess the connectivity of the Busan, Gwangyang, and Incheon ports, representing approximately 96% of the container throughput in South Korea. The calculated TNCI not only provides insight into the assessment of sustainable port competitiveness, it also helps policymakers identify bottlenecks in multi-modal transport networks. To eliminate these bottlenecks, this paper offers some appropriate measures and specific strategies for port development, which in turn improves the connectivity of container transport networks for sustainable development.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sustainable container transport, multi-modal transport, graph theory, port management information system, shipping policy
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Road transportation and freight services
Objective Division:Defence
Objective Group:Defence
Objective Field:Logistics
UTAS Author:Shi, W (Dr Wenming Shi)
ID Code:128693
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2018-10-07
Last Modified:2018-12-14
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