A Study on Competitiveness of Major Container Terminals in Korea and China using FCM and TOPSI

  • NGUYEN, Dai Duong (Division of Maritime Transportation Sciences, Mokpo National Maritime University) ;
  • Park, Gyei-Kark (Division of Maritime Transportation Sciences, Mokpo National Maritime University) ;
  • Choi, Kyoung-Hoon (Division of Maritime Transportation Sciences, Mokpo National Maritime University)
  • Received : 2017.11.15
  • Accepted : 2018.02.19
  • Published : 2018.04.30


Container port is one of the most vital link of the transportation chain that plays an important role in trading with other countries. Having a proper understanding of port operations could change the role of the port from a transportation node to an efficient point in a transportation chain. Development of transportation chains, logistics and progress of these networks have enhanced the sustainable condition and level of transportation. Therefore, evaluating the competitiveness of ports is obligatory for port users to make a decision in investment or exploitation. This paper introduces the use of Fuzzy C-means and TOPSIS for competitiveness comparison among a sample of container terminals in Korea and China and determine how to improve Korean port competitiveness and particularly in Busan port.



Grant : SMART-Navigation project

Supported by : Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries


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