Topic: 14.3 Ports and Canals

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The Optimum Port Capacity

The authors consider how far a port should instal additional berths to cater for random arrivals of ships. A final section considers containerisation, lighterage, and the distribution of benefits by reduced freight rates.

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The Suez Canal Project to Accommodate Super-Tankers

The projected deepening and widening of the Suez Canal would be economically beneficial both to Egypt and to the users (including the oil-producing countries, the oil companies, the shipping industry and the consuming countries). The authors reach this conclusion after reviewing the estimated cost in relation to the quantities of Middle East oil going to northwestern and to southern Europe, comparative costs of transporting it by the Cape route and by existing and projected pipelines, and future revenue under possible new toll systems.

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Investment Planning for British Ports

The author traces the history of port investment planning since 1961. He finds that economic analysis and forecasting methods have been unreliable, and he takes a pessimistic view on prospects of future improvement.

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Towards an Economic Appraisal of Port Investments

Containerisation and other new techniques call for large new investment in ports. How should this be allocated? The pricing system used by port authorities needs reform. The difficulties of cost-benefit analysis can be overcome by the use of calculated shadow prices. A central co-ordinating body is needed.

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