Authors: Jie Wu, Liang Liang
Addresses: School of Management, University of Science and Technology of China, He Fei, An Hui Province, 230026, P.R. China. ' School of Management, University of Science and Technology of China, He Fei, An Hui Province, 230026, P.R. China
Abstract: In this paper, data envelopment analysis (DEA), an effective tool for relative efficiency assessment, is utilised for measuring the performances and benchmarking of the 77 world container ports in 2007. The used approach in the current study considers four inputs (capacity of cargo handling machines, number of berths, terminal area and storage capacity) and a single output (container throughput). Variable returns to scale are assumed. The results for the efficiency and ranking are analysed. For each of efficient container port, a performance index related to the benchmarks are computed to rank them completely, while for inefficient container ports, a benchmark (virtual target) is provided for each of them, and the benchmarking results are also emphasised.
Keywords: data envelopment analysis; DEA; performance measurement; benchmarking; container ports; cargo handling machines; number of berths; terminal area; storage capacity; container throughput.
International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 2009 Vol.1 No.3, pp.295 - 310
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