A Life Cycle Cost Analysis Model of Goods Movement for the Gulf Cooperation Council Region
In this article, a total life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) were developed covering two transportation systems: trucking and railway within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. GCC region is a regional intergovernmental political and economic union consists of six countries (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman). In general and based on statistics, the GCC regional economy is expected to grow due to the increase in aggregate supply and demand. So, there is a need to build a solid foundation of transportation systems that can help in transforming this region into a logistics hub. Therefore, different analysis were discussed in order to be able to select more reliable and appropriate mode of shipping between the GCC. Beside the main cost factors that which includes the capital, operational, maintenance and depreciation costs. Other factors such as, border delays, emissions, noise and safety factors were added to the analysis. The results shows that, shipping using trucking system can be cheaper when shipping commodities between the GCC region, but at the same time considering border delays and emission produced, railways and intermodal modal systems prove to be more reliable. Moreover, shipping bulk commodities favor the rail and intermodal systems due to the payload capacity besides the flexibility of finding the most efficient way to move the shipments between origin and destinations.
Rail, Truck, Freight, Intermodal, Cost, Transportation, Life Cycle
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