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Short Sea Shipping as an alternative to land transport

Trujillo, L; Medda, F; (2008) Short Sea Shipping as an alternative to land transport. (Special World Bank Report 1 , pp. 01 - 48 ). The World Bank: Washington, DC.

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Abstract

Recent trends in production such as global sourcing, just-in-time deliveries and fragmented production chains have determined clear patterns in relation to growth in demand for freight transport. Road transport has adapted better to the needs of this modern economy, however, congestion threatens to overwhelm overland carriage and limit economic growth. The transportation industry faces the challenge of developing an efficient and effective complement to the existing road system. An alternative strategy is to revitalize coastal shipping such as short sea shipping (SSS). The objective of this paper is to carry out a review of the literature and show how SSS can alleviate traffic congestion and enhance economic development by maintaining freight flow efficiency. Because ship transport offers higher fuel economy and lower emission of harmful pollutants, SSS is considered to be one of the most sustainable and economically competitive modes of transport.

Type:Report
Title:Short Sea Shipping as an alternative to land transport
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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