Port and Hinterlands
Book chapter, 2019

Chapter 5: Port and Hinterlands: The Combined Infrastructure Costs of Seaports, Intermodal Terminals and Transport Access, Port Botany, Sydney 

The fifth chapter commences with a review of the literature on intermodal terminals (dry ports). It then examines the symbiotic relationships between port and hinterland, including investment costs (in current Australian dollars using an inflation calculator), with an historical case study that focuses on Port Botany in Sydney, Australia’s second largest container port. The historical backdrop is important for researchers to understand the social, economic and environmental effects of port locational decisions on its hinterland. Specifically, the development of Port Botany has been associated with environmental and social conflicts due to landside constraints and community action. The problem of increasing container volumes handled in seaports requires adequate land to be available nearby or in the immediate hinterland for port-associated functions with efficient inland multi-modal transport access. The relevance to Indonesian ports is discussed.



intermodal terminal




dry port


John Black

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Violeta Roso

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Service Management and Logistics

Infrastructure Investment in Indonesia: A Focus on Ports

9781783748211 (ISBN)

Areas of Advance


Subject Categories

Transport Systems and Logistics



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