SUPPLY CHAIN INTEGRATION OF CONTAINER TERMINALS LOCATED IN AEGEAN REGION OF TURKEY*
In the new competitive environment of maritime business, a need for evaluating supply chain integration of ports has emerged. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the supply chain integration of three container terminals located in the Aegean Region of Turkey. We have developed a model consisting of four constructs: “relationship with users”, “information and communication systems”, “value added services” and “multimodal connections and systems”. We have also conducted a questionnaire through the shipping companies which use the container terminals and tested the validity by means of performing Confirmatory Factor Analysis. The results indicate the two privately owned container terminals are more closely integrated with the supply chain than is the publicly owned container terminal. On the other hand, multimodal connections and systems of the two privately owned container terminals are less supply chain integrated than the publicly owned container terminals since the former lack adequate rail and road connections.
Container terminal; supply chain integration; port competition; confirmatory factor analysis; Aegean Region
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