Evaluations of Port Performances from a Seaborne Cargo Supply Chain Perspective

Mei Wan Joyce LOW, Korea Aerospace University
S.W Lam
L.C Tang, National University of Singapore
Lan Zhang, National University of Singapore



Previous research on port efficiency focuses primarily on the provider’s perspective and assumes that maximizing the output is always desirable. This paper recognizes that maximizing the final output does not necessarily guarantee an efficient system and the notion of port efficiency and service effectiveness needs to be considered from the perspectives of both the provider and the consumer of the port service. The paper proposes a network-DEA model to evaluate the performances of 30 seaports worldwide. The concurrent consideration of efficiency scores from the network-DEA model and the traditional DEA-CCR model will offer valuable insights to port operators on how to improve port performances as part of a seaborne cargo supply chain.