Title: DEA Malmquist index measurement in Middle East and East African containers terminals

Authors: Ahmed Salem Al-Eraqi, Ahamad Tajudin Khader, Adli Mustafa

Addresses: School of Computer Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. ' School of Computer Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. ' School of Mathematical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Abstract: The efficiency and performance of any port depend crucially on the management of the container terminal resources, facilities, services provided, easy entrance, labour skill, storage capacity and equipment. This study applies one method of efficiency analysis for containers terminal production function. For this purpose, we applied DEA Malmquist productivity index model a non-parametric frontier approach to evaluate the efficiency of 22 container terminals in the region of East Africa and the Middle East. The DEA model is based on panel data collected for six years (2000-2005). The method decomposes the technical change and the efficiency change in evaluating and management of the above container terminals.

Keywords: port performance; Malmquist productivity index; Middle East seaports; East African seaports; ports; container terminals; DEA; data envelopment analysis.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2009.027533

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 2009 Vol.1 No.3, pp.249 - 259

Available online: 31 Jul 2009 *

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