Special Session: Port Competitiveness and Competition - Theory and Practice

Under the Auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos

27th Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME)


An IAME2019 Special Session on

Port Competitiveness and Competition - Theory and Practice

Session organizers:

Lam, J.S.L.  Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Hales, D.N.  The University of Rhode Island, USA
Chang, Y.T.  Inha University, Korea

The shipping market cycle over the last 10 years has changed the way in which seaports compete and the investments they attract for expansion (Hales et al., 2016). Prices for multi-modal, intermodal, and port services have cycled accordingly while the demand for higher service levels grew. Imbalances of shipping demand and supply affect confidence of investors. At the same time, more ports put in place a growth strategy with the ambition to capture higher market share, further intensifying competition. Nowadays, terminal operators face increasing competition from players within their port and neighboring terminals. That is, both intra- and inter-port competition are getting stronger. Even port authorities such as government organizations and agencies have been more commercially-driven in a competitive business environment. As a result, ports not only deal with customer-related decisions, but also investor-related decisions. In other words, ports have to plan for and act on multi-dimensional matters in a dynamic landscape (Hales et al. 2017).

This Special Session aims to draw research contributions which build theories or theoretical frameworks in the topic of Port Competitiveness and Competition while addressing practical issues in the port industry.

The session organisers are pleased to announce that IAME special session awards will be given to the best papers/presentations in this Port Competitiveness and Competition special session – cash awards of US$600 for first place, US$300 for second place, and US$100 for third place. The awards are sponsored by the University of Rhode Island, Lincoln-Kennedy Research Fund.

Hales, D.N., Lam, J.S.L. and Chang, Y.T., 2016. The balanced theory of port competitiveness, Transportation Journal, 55(2), 168-189
Hales, D.N., Chang, Y.T., Lam, J.S.L., Desplebin, O., Dholakia, N., Al-Wugayan, A.  2017. An Empirical Test of the Balanced Theory of Port Competitiveness, International Journal of Logistics Management, 28(2), 363-378