Competitiveness prioritisation of container ports in Asia under the background of China’s Belt and Road initiative

Jingzheng Ren, Liang Dong, Lu Sun

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The understanding of the competitiveness of different ports under the background of China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) is critical for drafting appropriate plans and taking suitable actions to select the best port in the logistics supply chains. A novel Multi-Attribute Decision Analysis (MADA) was proposed for the evaluation of port competitiveness. In the developed MADA method, the interval Analytic Hierarchy Process and the projection method was combined for the evaluation of port competitiveness. Three container ports in Asia including Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore were studied under the background of China’s BRI. The results demonstrate that the port of Singapore is the most competitive at the initial stage of China’s BRI, followed by Hong Kong and Shanghai in the descending order. The results were validated by sum weighted method and Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to an Ideal Solution method, and sensitivity analysis was also carried out. The competitiveness of the three ports in the next ten years were also studied with the consideration of the influences of China’s BRI, and the results reveal that Shanghai port can even exceed Hong Kong port and Singapore port if it can effectively take the advantage s of China’s BRI.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-456
Number of pages21
JournalTransport Reviews
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2018


  • Competitiveness
  • interval AHP
  • multi-attribute decision analysis
  • port
  • projection method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation

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