Port Hinterland Modelling Based on Port Choice

  • Tomaž Kramberger Faculty of Logistics, University of Maribor
  • Bojan Rupnik Faculty of Logistics, University of Maribor
  • Gregor Štrubelj Faculty of Logistics, University of Maribor
  • Klemen Prah
Keywords: port hinterland modelling, captive hinterland, contestable hinterland, MILP, GIS, objective and subjective factors,


This paper presents a new approach for hinterland modelling based on the results of port choice modelling. The paper follows the idea that the shippers’ port choice is a trade-off between various objective and subjective factors. The presented model tackles the problem by applying the AHP method in order to obtain ports’ preference rates based on subjective factors, and combine them with objective factors, which include port operation costs, sailing times, and land transport costs using MILP. The ports’ hinterlands are modelled by finding the optimal port of choice for different locations across Europe and merging the identical results. The model can be used in order to produce captive hinterland of ports and can also be exploited in order to analyse how changes in the traffic infrastructure influence the size of hinterlands.

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Tomaž Kramberger, Faculty of Logistics, University of Maribor
Tomaž Kramberger is an assistant professor and vice dean for research activities at the Faculty of Logistics, University of Maribor. He received his PhD in Computer Science at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor. His main research areas include transportation, operational research, and optimization methods.
Bojan Rupnik, Faculty of Logistics, University of Maribor
Bojan Rupnik is a teaching assistant at Faculty of Logistics, University of Maribor. He completed his BSc in Computer Science in 2006 at the Faculty of Electrical engineering and Computer Science Maribor in 2006. His research interests include Computer Science, Scientific Visualization, Computational Geometry and GIS.
Gregor Štrubelj, Faculty of Logistics, University of Maribor
Gregor Å trubelj graduated from Faculty of Computer and Information Science,
University of Ljubljana. He works as a teaching assistant in Faculty of
Logistics, University of Maribor. His research focuses on algorithm
development in the field of geographic information systems.
Klemen Prah
Klemen Prah is employed as assistan professor on the Faculty of Logistics, University of Maribor. In year 2009 he finished his doctoral study in geography. His main topic of research is: transportation networks and geographic
information systems (GIS).


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Kramberger T, Rupnik B, Štrubelj G, Prah K. Port Hinterland Modelling Based on Port Choice. Promet [Internet]. 2015Jun.26 [cited 2023Sep.30];27(3):195-03. Available from: https://traffic.fpz.hr/index.php/PROMTT/article/view/1611