The findings, detailed in Trelleborg’s Barometer Report survey, indicate that shipping companies will commit a higher degree of business to ports if investment levels increase.
Just over a third (39%) of port decision-makers believe that shipping companies appreciate upgrades to facilities, even if they cannot establish a direct link to increased shipping activity. Meanwhile, just one-in-10 (13%) claim that shipping companies have no regard for port-side investment at all.
Richard Hepworth, managing director of Trelleborg Marine Systems, says, “It’s pleasing that there is a correlation between increased port investment and higher satisfaction levels among shipping operators. It is often difficult to quantify the payoff, but our research shows that new business creation is a benefit many enjoy”.