Long-run marginal cost in the RoRo industry
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In this article a quantitative analysis of the cost structure a shipping company has to take into account when starting and running a regular Ro-Ro cargo line (a Short Sea Shipping line, for instance) is carried out. The object of this paper is to study Ro-Ro industry. However, Ro-Pax vessels cannot be excluded. Their behaviour when analysing the exploitation costs is very similar to Ro-Ro vessel’s, and it cannot be forgotten that nowadays most of the Ro-Ro vessels carry passengers as well. The empirical data used to formulate this paper are based on the Spanish market and the current Mediterranean lines. The aim of this paper is to find an expression for the total costs depending on the parameters of the analyzed route, bearing in mind that the vessel’s capacity will be an important factor. This model will be applied to rolled cargo vessels, especially trucks or platforms. Once the costs function is obtained the long run marginal costs will also be obtained, depending on the line capacity, aiming to obtain the optimum pricing, according to microeconomic theory. Frequency and regularity reflected upon the amount of scales will also be considered to be important because the long run marginal costs will depend on the amount of scales and the amount of transported platforms/trucks.
CitationSaurí, S.; Spuch, B. Long-run marginal cost in the RoRo industry. A: Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. "88th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting". Washington: 2009.