Case Study: Sustainable Intermodal Transport Services on the Atlantic Arc  

Sustainable Intermodal Transport Services on the Atlantic Arc

Nautical Enterprise Centre Ltd., Acciona Trasmediterranea

The purpose of the study is to devise a unified approach to establishing sustainable intermodal transport services, using case-studies along the Atlantic Arc as a back-drop.
Within the Atlantic Arc, Ireland is taken as a special case because of its geographical and historical isolation from Mainland Europe. Using the concept of ‘normalised trade’, which is taken to be the expected trade flows between a state and its proximate states based on relative GDPs, it is found that trade flows between Ireland and France and the Iberian states are considerably less than what might be considered to be ‘normal’. This study examines the trade potential available between these countries and the influence this may have on the setting up of new services.
The study examines the factors necessary to establish an intermodal network solution for the benefit of all participants in intermodal transport. This involves a detailed analysis of the legal, commercial and operational capabilities required to ensure the effective operation of the network. The study also considers the financial support strategies available for setting up new services. The Appendices which are attached outline the Top-20 Imports & Exports between Ireland and France & Spain. Three potential services along the Atlantic Arc are also investigated.