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Title: The Port of Melbourne Authority's pricing policy: its efficiency and distribution implications
Authors: Tongzon, J.L. 
Issue Date: 1993
Citation: Tongzon, J.L. (1993). The Port of Melbourne Authority's pricing policy: its efficiency and distribution implications. Maritime Policy & Management 20 (3) : 197-205. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The objective of this paper is to investigate the extent to which the new (revised) pricing policy has improved the level of efficiency at the Port of Melbourne and to assess the contributions of the underlying factors of port efficiency. Further, it attempts to examine the distribution implications of the pricing policy between the major port users (ie shipowners and shippers) and its revenue implication for the Port of Melbourne. Using a conceptual framework derived from economic theories, in-house data and responses from the port users, the study reveals that the efficiency impact has been considerable and varied between berths; land transport links and crane productivity improvements were the major factors of the port's overall efficiency; the initial losers have been the shipowners and initial gainers the shippers; however, the gains have been limited and in some cases have been offset by the introduction of higher port service charges; in the long run it is likely that the shipowners and shippers' situations will be unchanged while the Port of Melbourne will lose revenue due to improvements in berth productivity uncompensated by greater traffic volume. (Author)
Source Title: Maritime Policy & Management
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