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Barriers to coastal shipping development: An Indian perspective

Venkatesh, VG and Zhang, Abraham and Luthra, Sunil and Dubey, Rameshwar and Subramanian, Nachiappan and Mangla, S (2017) 'Barriers to coastal shipping development: An Indian perspective.' Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 52. 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
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coastal shipping; Short sea shipping; India; Delphi study; Fuzzy DEMATEL
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2020 15:16
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 10:32

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