|The Exploration of Sea Transport Efficiengy :
With a Concentration on the Case of Thailand
by Kamnonchanok Suthiwartmarueput (1988) ;PH.D. thesis. *(The Full Text
view in Thai Language only)*.
Overall efficiency in sea transport
is affected by efficiency levels in shipping and in ports. Here both Thai shipping lines
and the Port Authority of Thailand are considered. Efficiency is examined from the points
of view of producers and consumers, though mainly the latter. The Expected Utility Theory
is applied and approriate criteria devised and examined. Attitudes of Thai shippers and
ship operators were surveyed and quantitative indicators constructed.
The findings are that consumers feel
that, for shipping, freight rates are more important than the quality of services
rendered, and the efficiency levels of Thai and overseas lines are similar. For the port
of Bangkok, the quality of service is more important than the level of charges, and the
quality of services undertaken by the Port Authority of Thailand is unsatisfactory.
Further research is recommended on
appropriate government policies towards Thai shipping lines and more efficient operations
for the Port Authority of Thailand.