Gaolan Port : transformation from a feeder port to a shipping hub

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Gaolan Port : transformation from a feeder port to a shipping hub

 

Author: Hui, May-ha Tracy
Title: Gaolan Port : transformation from a feeder port to a shipping hub
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2003
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Gaolan Port (China)
Container ports -- China -- Pearl River Delta
Department: Dept. of Shipping and Transport Logistics
Pages: vi, 135 leaves : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1705983
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/43
Abstract: Gaolan Port is the only natural deep-water port in the western part of the Pearl River Delta in South China. Since its operations in 1994, the Port remains to be feeder port serving river barges. The Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group's interest in the Port has often been seen by the shipping industry as a strategic move to take advantage of the future development of the western region as well as to pre-empt the entry of rivalries. The opportunities and threats resulted from the recent changes and developements in the area have aroused and interest in conducting a research if Gaolan Port should consider upgrading its facilities to accommodate the 5th - 6th generation container vessels by proceeding with its Phase II development. Stemming from this objective, the central focus of the dissertation is to investigate the driving forices as well as to appraise the potentiality and capability of Gaolan Port in transforming a feeder port to a shipping hub. It also attempts to stratify the new role of a container port in this "logistics" era. The dissertation uses Porter's Five Competitive Forces Model (1980) in assessing Gaolan Port's competitive position and identifying the sustainable competitive advantage for devising the appropriate generic strategy to gear for the success. Last but not least, the dissertation also affirms the proposition that the transformation will strengthen HPH's competitive position in the Pearl River Delta. The issue of whether Yantain Port is in complimentary or competition to Hong Kong has already raised many controversial arguments in the industry. Would the development of Gaolan Port be another debatable topic? These issues are not discussed in the dissertation and may open rooms for further research.

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