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Factors Affecting Container Shipping Through Inland Waterways [JEMS Maritime Sci]
JEMS Maritime Sci. 2022; 10(3): 156-167 | DOI: 10.4274/jems.2022.86094

Factors Affecting Container Shipping Through Inland Waterways

Bangar Raju Totakura1, Nilakantan Narasinganallur2, Syed Aqib Jalil3, Ajith PJ1
1University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, School of Business, Dehradun, India
2K J Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai, India
3Sohar University Faculty of Business, Sohar, Oman

Inland waterways in India have shown positive growth over the last 10 years. The mode of transport is very promising, yet desired volumes are yet to be achieved. In 2018, India started its first domestic container shipping and the first export of container shipping through inland waterways in 2020. This research work expedites the identification of various prominent factors using the fuzzy analytic hierarchy process method. Four major factors were considered based on feedback from experts, and using the said method, factors and subfactors were ranked globally. Among the four factors we considered, infrastructure factors were found as the most critical factor, followed by economic factors, geographical factors, and, lastly, regulatory factors. Moreover, as per the weights obtained for the subfactors, inadequate river depth of rivers, container inventory, and repositioning emerged as significant factors that need to be addressed. Finally, this research paper puts forward steps necessary for boosting the growth of container shipping through inland waterways.

Keywords: Inland waterways, Container shipping, Fuzzy AHP, MCDM

Bangar Raju Totakura, Nilakantan Narasinganallur, Syed Aqib Jalil, Ajith PJ. Factors Affecting Container Shipping Through Inland Waterways. JEMS Maritime Sci. 2022; 10(3): 156-167

Corresponding Author: Bangar Raju Totakura, India
Manuscript Language: English
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