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The development of Malaysian dry ports in the container seaport system


Jeevan, J and Chen, S and Lee, E, The development of Malaysian dry ports in the container seaport system, Proceedings of the 2014 International Association of Maritime Economists Conference, 15-18 July 2014, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, pp. 1-23. (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The inland component of the seaport system becomes important in shaping performance and competitive strategies of seaports. In Malaysia, the development of dry ports is very crucial to deal with the dynamic change in freight and logistic processes. Of importance is that Malaysian dry ports have been positioned as the main extended gateways of major container seaports as a result of increasing throughput of container seaports. Owing to the limited academic research on how Malaysian dry ports have actually functioned within the Malaysian container seaport system, this paper, through 11 face-to face interviews with dry port stakeholders, examines the development of Malaysian dry ports, including their objectives, functions and current challenges. The findings show that Malaysian dry ports are developed to accelerate national and international business, activating intermodalism in the nation, promoting regional economic development and enhance seaport competitiveness. They perform functions including transport and logistics, information processing, seaports and value-added. Challenges of Malaysian dry ports are revealed such as insufficient railway tracks, unorganised container planning on the rail deck, usage of single mode of transportation, less recognition from seaport community, and competition from seaports. This paper also presented strategies for copying with the challenges and identifies future opportunities for Malaysian dry ports.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:dry ports, Malaysia,
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:Chen, S (Associate Professor Peggy Chen)
UTAS Author:Lee, E (Dr Eon-Seong Lee)
ID Code:93886
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2014-08-20
Last Modified:2018-03-15
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