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A comparison of road and rail transport for the benefit of the independent timber growers of Natal Cooperative Timbers

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dc.contributor.advisor Waugh, B. J.
dc.contributor.author Bepat, Merisha
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-11T07:21:11Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-11T07:21:11Z
dc.date.issued 2016-02
dc.identifier.citation Bepat, Merisha (2016) A comparison of road and rail transport for the benefit of the independent timber growers of Natal Cooperative Timbers, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/23148>
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/23148
dc.description.abstract The objective of this study was to investigate and compare the brokered transport costs of road and rail transport for the independent timber growers of NCT Forestry Co-operative Limited in Kwa-Zulu-Natal. Reliability, flexibility, visibility, rates and total transport time were evaluated for each mode of transport. The impact of the carbon emissions was also considered and the option of performance based standard vehicles investigated. During the period 2000 to 2003, rail was the dominant mode of transport. However from 2004 onwards, due to the diminishing service levels and the high tariff structures of rail transport, road became the preferred mode of transport. The results of the survey conducted for the purposes of this study showed that although road transport outperformed rail transport, rail transport scored significantly higher than road transport as a cost-effective mode of transportation. Rail transport was shown to be a far less carbon intensive mode of transport than road transport, while there were substantial cost savings and benefits from performance based standard vehicles. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (x, 176 leaves : color illustrations, color tables)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject NCT en
dc.subject Road transport en
dc.subject Rail transport en
dc.subject Timber en
dc.subject Supply chain en
dc.subject Logistics en
dc.subject Opportunity cost en
dc.subject Economies of scale en
dc.subject Carbon emissions en
dc.subject Performance-based standard vehicles en
dc.subject.ddc 658.788209684
dc.subject.lcsh Business logistics -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal en
dc.subject.lcsh Log transportation -- Economic aspects -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal en
dc.subject.lcsh Rail roads -- Economic aspects -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal en
dc.subject.lcsh Transportation, Automotive -- Economic aspects -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal en
dc.subject.lcsh Physical distribution of goods -- Economic aspects -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal en
dc.subject.lcsh Carbon dioxide mitigation -- Economic aspects -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal en
dc.title A comparison of road and rail transport for the benefit of the independent timber growers of Natal Cooperative Timbers en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Transport Economics, Logistics and Tourism en
dc.description.degree M. Com. (Logistics)


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