Pricing principles for minor ports

Hallock, D 2015, 'Pricing principles for minor ports', in Proceedings of the 37th Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF 2015), Sydney, Australia, 30 September - 2 October 2015, pp. 1-19.

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Title Pricing principles for minor ports
Author(s) Hallock, D
Year 2015
Conference name ATRF 2015
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 30 September - 2 October 2015
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 37th Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF 2015)
Publisher Australian Transport Research forum Incorporated
Place of publication Australia
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Abstract In Victoria 14 local ports differ from the "Commercial ports" of Melbourne, Geelong, Portland and Hastings being legislatively defined as local ports. To the layman they are better referenced as minor ports. Such ports are facilities providing for mixed use and a range of activities; limited commercial activities such as fishing trawlers, charter boats for tour as well as an array of private recreational boat users, jet skiers and finally public promenading. A typical facility needs to offer both waterside and land side services to complete the service offering to the public. These services include at the very minimum access to navigable waterways and moorings and provision of ramps, berths and jetties on the land/sea interface. Expectations of society are that this infrastructure will enable them to use their leisure discretionary pursuits around water. Governments face increasing budget constraints and prioritise capital spend. Infrastructure around local ports is impacted by budget cuts. Therefore the need for cost recovery and pricing methodologies for local ports which may ensure unconstrained supply of infrastructure. This will ensure that enjoyment of the "sea-side experience" continues. The sea-side experience can vary from enjoying the increasingly sophisticated ambience created around cafes with water views or frontage catering to a leisurely lifestyle, to promenading, fishing or simply walking along a towpath alongside water encompassing busy holiday destinations. This paper examines the literature relevant to pricing methodologies in the context of the value offering of local ports and supply constraints experienced by users. It offers solutions based on port services being available to all users, public benefits, use of full cost recovery, the principles of competitive neutrality and community service obligation .
Subjects Transport Economics
Welfare Economics
Public Economics- Publically Provided Goods
Keyword(s) Minor ports
port pricing methodologies
social infrastructure
public amenity
community service obligations
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