Information on Resource Utilisation for Operational Planning in Port Hinterland Transport




Port hinterland transport, Resource utilisation, Road freight transport, Logistics service provider, Decision making, Operational planning


To meet increased freight flows through maritime ports, a high level of resource utilisation in hinterland transport is of crucial importance. However, various perspectives on resource utilisation create issues with use of information for operational decisions in port hinterland. The purpose of this paper is to explore the use of information related to resource utilisation for operational planning in port hinterland freight transport to facilitate its improvement. The study is case-based, and the data is collected through semi-structured interviews, visual observations, and company documents. The findings are analysed with a framework built from literature emphasising different resource utilisation perspectives and the use of information in road freight transport chain decisions. The findings show that the use of information on resource utilisation in operational freight transport decisions in the port hinterland transport system is limited and lacks a complete system overview. Instead of the information on measured parameters, different types of estimates of efficiency parameters (including resource utilisation) are commonly used for operational planning decisions. The information about the measured indicators has to be combined with other information to obtain an efficient level of resource utilisation; otherwise, it could generate incorrect assumptions regarding utilisation. The paper contributes to the topic of operational freight transport planning by describing the use of information on resource utilisation.

Author Biographies

Per Wide, Chalmers University of Technology

Per Wide is a PhD candidate at Service Management and Logistics, Chalmers Univeristy of Technology  where he has been researching on Information sharing in transport systems for reduction of impacts of disruptions in the same. He has presented his research at international conferences and published in international journals such as RTBM and WRITR.

Violeta Roso, Chalmers University of Technology

Violeta Roso, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Division of Service Management and Logistics, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. She has been researching on dry ports since 2003 and today is the leading researcher within the subject with numerous highly cited publications. Violeta has acted as a visiting academic at UNSW in Sydney, Australia; and at UNF, Florida, USA. She supervises PhD and master students, teaches master and postgraduate courses. Since 2013 Violeta is acting as the Director of doctoral studies at the department. 




How to Cite

Wide, P. and Roso, V. (2021) “Information on Resource Utilisation for Operational Planning in Port Hinterland Transport”, Transactions on Maritime Science. Split, Croatia, 10(2), pp. 477–487. doi: 10.7225/toms.v10.n02.w02.
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