The Role of Rail Transport to the Port Performance: A Case of Dar es Salaam Port.

Mwakibete, Ambwene (2015) The Role of Rail Transport to the Port Performance: A Case of Dar es Salaam Port. Masters thesis, The Open University Of Tanzania.

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Abstract

The study examined the role of rail transport in improving the port performance with particular reference to Dar es Salaam port. The study used exploratory research methodology and survey techniques to collect data related to the topic understudy. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches were used in data analysis. In particular, the software used is SPSS Version 16.0 and Ms Excel. The findings of the study revealed that rail transport plays a great role in the port performance. Among them include reduction of port congestion, improve cargo handling system and increases the port and government revenues. It increases the average of cargo traffic, lowering the cost of logistic and improves customer satisfaction. Therefore, rail transport is one among the major factors which can accelerate the growth in economies. Despite of this contribution to port performance, the situation of railway transport is in a poor state. It is noted that, the government have invested mainly in road infrastructure improvement, while neglecting railways. The responsible factors for this decline includes lack of efficient rail system, low capacity of rail transport, poor emphasis in rail/port intermodal and limited financial resources. This implies that there are strong and positive relationship between rail transport and the operation performance of the port. Finally, the study recommends that the government should promote railway sector in order to improve port performance and raise port and government revenues. The process should include the private sector in their capacity as major users of the railway infrastructure and facilities. The Government should look for stakeholders, financiers and development partners to ensure that railway financing is enhanced.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 600 Technology > 658 Gerneral management
Divisions: Faculty of Business Management > Department of Leadership and Governance
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2016 10:42
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2016 10:42
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/1221

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