RESEARCH ARTICLE


Seaport Concept and Services Characteristics: Theoretical Test



Arbia Hlali*, Sami Hammami
Faculty of Economics and Management of Sfax, Laboratory URED, University of Sfax, Street of airport, Sfax, Tunisia


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© 2017 Hlali and Hammami.

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* Address correspondence to this author at Faculty of Economics and Management of Sfax, Laboratory URED, University of Sfax, Street of airport, km 4.5, LP 1088, Sfax 3018, Tunisia; Tel: +216 27 901 713, E-mail: arbiaarbiahlali@yahoo.fr


Abstract

Introduction:

The main purpose of this paper is to illustrate the meaning of seaport concepts with different vision, than to examine the characteristics of transport services which are related to the seaport services and their users.

Concepts:

The study shows that seaport concept is in evolution over time and also, is a relative concept which is changing among the world process shifting and development.

Conclusion:

The study proves that the transport services have distinctive characteristics. In addition, seaport considered several services for different users. Therefore, its customers are commonly the chargers and ship-owners.

Keywords: Seaport concept, Evolution of seaport, Services characteristics, Socioeconomic changes, Maritime transport development, Port development.