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Development and economic evaluation of strategies to reduce turnaround time at the Calcutta Haldia port complex : a simulation modeling approach

Ghosh, Madhubani (1998) Development and economic evaluation of strategies to reduce turnaround time at the Calcutta Haldia port complex : a simulation modeling approach. PhD thesis, Victoria University of Technology.

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Abstract

The broad objective of the thesis is to estimate the demand for port services at Calcutta which can be visualised as a queuing system. The fall in the operational efficiency, aggravated by the riverine nature of the port of Calcutta is widely held responsible for the decline in the port's performance and the sagging demand for its services. The survival of the Calcutta-Haldia port complex is particularly critical as it serves as a lifeline to a vast hinterland with a rich industrial and resource base, comprising of the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent and also including the neighbouring landlocked countries of Nepal and Bhutan. This study is directed specifically at: (a) estimating and identifying the principal determinants of turnaround time of ships calling at the port with the help of a simulation model; (b) estimating improvements in turnaround time which may be expected by varying the values of the principal determinants; (c) tackling the aspect of demand estimation by making use of the simulation model to estimate the queue technology; and (d) discussing the optimality of prices given the resources.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Harbors, India, Calcutta, cargo ships, ports
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
FOR Classification > 1507 Transportation and Freight Services
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Depositing User: VU Library
Date Deposited: 19 May 2010 02:46
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:42
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15297
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