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Dynamics of intermodal logistical systems on containerisation and road transportation in Durban, South Africa

Nerissa Govender, Thokozani P. Mbhele
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 8, No 1 | a150 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v8i1.150 | © 2014 Nerissa Govender, Thokozani P. Mbhele | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 July 2014 | Published: 05 December 2014

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Nerissa Govender, Aramex South Africa, Durban, South Africa
Thokozani P. Mbhele, School of Management, IT and Governance, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, South Africa


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Abstract

The underlying port operations in Durban, South Africa, epitomise intense global competitiveness in the intermodal logistics chain. The link between containerisation and theroad transport network can falter as a result of the dynamics of the logistics system. The main objective of the study was to establish the extent of the intermodal challenges of logistical systems on containerisation to which the role of intermodal sea–road freight transportation enhances the logistical competitiveness. It further examined the intermodal relationship on containerised freight between the challenges of containerisation processes and the effects on road freight transport mode. The impact of containerisation on intermodalism, the sea–road freight transport network and the technological attributes of security-based systems and logistical tracking protocols influence the systematic movement of containers on Durban’s public roads.

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