Short Sea Shipping developments

SSS Overview


European Short Sea Shipping has been defined as any carriage of goods and passengers between ports within the European Union, and between European Union and nearby countries.
European Geography is highly favourable to Short Sea Shipping, with more than 67,000 km of coastline and very few industrial centres being more than 400km from the coast. Additionally there are approximately 25,000km of navigable inland waterways.

Modal shift from road to sea has been a major objective of the EU as well as the USA freight transport policy, in the interest of reducing the load on the environment, freeing up road capacity and supporting sustainable development. Despite this, apart from very specific niches there has been less change in the market shares of rail, inland waterways or short sea, than was expected in Europe. Until now, companies have shown to be reluctant to consider major changes in the way they run their transport processes.

Current policies and business strategies for modal shift has turned to the new concepts such as “co-modality” and “business networking” and opens up new possibilities to study modal shift at a company, regional, national or continent level.

European key policy actions to expand short sea shipping include

   Improved  integration of SSS in multi-modal, logistic transport chains
•  Elimination of administrative barriers to the efficient operation of short sea shipping.