Demand-Driven Port Development

Demand-Driven Port Development

Olaf Merk, Administrator Ports and Shipping International Transport Forum

View in full: Demand-Driven Port Development
Read the full article

Some statements are too banal to be repeated; yet, repeated they are. How often we hear in yet another conference on the dire prospects of shipping that “the market should decide” – as if these market decisions would be the solution rather than the main cause of shipping’s current problems.

A variant of the unconditional faith in the wisdom of markets is “demand driven development” – and this is what I would like to focus on here. People seem to mean very different things when they mention demand-driven development – some interpretations make sense, but some are outright dangerous. I will illustrate this with the case of port development. At the heart of it all are two related but subtly distinct questions: who are the clients of ports – and who is driving demand for ports?

Ports tend to think that shipping companies are their main clients – and often deduct from it that shipping is driving port demand. But this is obviously not true. Ports without ships are meaningless, but so are ships without cargo. The ultimate reason to develop ports is to stimulate exports or imports, not to satisfy shipping companies. However, most ports are very attentive to the demands of their customers – too attentive. Sure enough, not providing satisfactory services could mean that shipping companies call another port. But it is one thing to adapt to customers’ demand, yet another thing to take shipping’s demands as the basis for port development.


  The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue      Finance, Global Terminal Operators, Mega Ship Ready, Port Planning, Design & Construction, Terminal Logistics, Warehousing and Logistics

I already have a Free Member Account

   Remember Me

Lost password?

Free Members Account Registration

Please register for a free members account to access all free content.
Once registered, you will not have to re-enter your details to download free papers.
Please note: You will receive an activation code via email. If you do not receive this email straight away, please check your spam folder.

I would like to:

 
 I consent to Port Technology International collecting and storing my data from this form.
By submitting your details, you are accepting these Terms & Conditions and agreeing to our Privacy and Cookies policies. You can opt out of these communications at any time.

Register for a Full Paid Members Account

Click here to choose from 3 membership packages and access over 1,700 technical papers.

Purchase a Premium Membership


The Automation, Training & Simulation Issue

PTI EDITION 73

The Automation, Training and Simulation Issue delves deeply into the world of port and terminal operations and its digitalization. Digitalization has myriad benefits and these are not just limited to the productivity gains and environmental efficiency, benefits also mean a revolution in the way we carry out training.

 Download App  Download App