In English

London Gateway, Port of Felixstowe and London Thamesport

Karl Petersson ; Peter Ledin
Göteborg : Chalmers tekniska högskola, 2012. 50 s.
[Examensarbete på grundnivå]

Containerized cargo is the fastest growing segment of the maritime trade in the United Kingdom and according to current predictions will continue to gain market shares for the next couple of years. This growth has led to an increased demand for port capacity and has been the initiative of the establishment of a new deepsea container port, London Gateway, in the purchasing powerful area of the southeast UK. However recent economic recession has created an uncertainty for whether this future capacity increase will be required in the near future. Is there room for a 3.5 million TEU port, like London Gateway, in the already port dense southeast area and how will this change the competition for the established ports such as London Thamesport and the Port of Felixstowe and how is port competition measured? Furthermore how may London Gateway’s use of the port-centric concept and its advantageous location change the distribution patterns for containerized cargo in the southeast UK? To investigate this, a qualitative case study has been conducted based primary on a competitive strategy model for the port industry based on Porter’s five Forces. Furthermore, literature such as reports and research papers has been used when performing this thesis. To measure port competition the Port Reform Toolkit has been used as a model and has been applied on the UK market. How London Thamesport and the Port of Felixstowe could respond is highly dependent on the competitive forces, of which emphasis has been put on Rivalry among existing ports and threat of new entrants. Both London Thamesport and the Port of Felixstowe are using value-adding port services which have been detected as competitive strengths. If the port-centric concept is fully implemented in the southeast area this might indicate a change in the current distribution patterns where the major warehouse facilities and distribution centres are relocated closer to the ports and the end consumers. This report is written in English

Nyckelord: London Gateway, Felixstowe, London Thamesport, Port Reform Toolkit, Port-centric, distribution pattern, port competition, southeast UK.

Publikationen registrerades 2012-11-29. Den ändrades senast 2013-04-04

CPL ID: 166834

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