Barriers to coastal shipping development: an Indian perspective

Venkatesh, V G, Zhang, Abraham, Luthra, Sunil, Dubey, Rameshwar, Subramanian, Nachiappan and Mangla, S (2017) Barriers to coastal shipping development: an Indian perspective. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 52a. pp. 362-378. ISSN 1361-9209

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Coastal shipping has been widely recognised as a sustainable and efficient alternative to road transport. However, the barriers encountered in the industry have not been systematically studied in any region. From an Indian perspective, this study aims to prioritise barriers to coastal shipping development for effective policy interventions. It identifies important barriers through a Delphi study and then quantifies their cause-and-effect relationships by the decision making-trial and evaluation laboratory analysis (DEMATEL) technique. It is interesting that the main barriers, those have most impact on coastal shipping development, are not necessarily the ones most widely recognised. The study also uncovers the hidden cause-and-effect relationships between several barriers. Four main barriers are identified: (1) Indian maritime legislation (especially cabotage rules); (2) issues in the infrastructure and procedures at port and port-centric areas; (3) underdevelopment of small ports; (4) lack of a collaborative culture among the various service providers involved in the logistics supply chain. This study finally recommends relaxing cabotage rules to stimulate the inflow of foreign capital to grow coastal shipping, improving the current port system through joint efforts of the ports, Indian customs and government, and fostering supply chain collaboration.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Nachiappan Subramanian
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2017 11:40
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 14:20

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