Task 1.1.: Definition of the scope of the project Definition and justification of the five categories selected that will form the basis for the typology of indicators. This task will also analyse the interrelations between the categories.
- Market trends and structure
- Socio-economic impact:
- Environmental performance:
- Logistic chain and Operational performance
- Governance (including financial,..):
Task 1.2.: Conceptual framework of the project This task will analyse the potential uses and users of port performance indicators (at EU level) as well as constraints and limitations associated. This task will mainly focus on the following applications of port performance indicators:
- Internal use (Self-improvement of the industry)
- Competitive use (when used by ports and terminal customers/users)
- Policy-making at different levels (local, regional, national, EU level) (e.g. measurement of policy measures, to set long-term objectives)
- Public and social awareness/acceptance of ports/terminals
- Benchmarking of the European Port System performance in a global context
- Anticipating trends/economic cycles/etc.. (e.g. economic crisis)
Task 1.3.: Pre-selection of a limited set of indicators
Based on the review of existing research material and industry applications of port performance indicators, for each category, partners will pre-select a number of indicators.
Task 1.4.: Categorisation of indicators
This task is aimed to define and categorise potential indicators for each of the five categories while analysing their nature and defining what they are measuring.
- The inventory will distinguish the nature of the indicator, whether it is considered statistical data such as input (e.g. cranes) and output (e.g. port throughput) indicators or performance indicators which typically involve both, for example in the form of ratios (e.g. efficiency of land).
- Secondly, for each indicator the typology will also make a distinction between efficiency and effectiveness when discussing performance measurement.
D1-1: A typology of indicators based on the following broad categories: market trends and structure, socio-economic impact, environmental performance, operational performance and governance. The typology will provide a definition of the indicators in terms of their nature (statistic data vs. indicator in the form of ratios of input and output data) and in terms of the impact they are measuring.