1st Edition

Short Sea Shipping in the Age of Sustainable Development and Information Technology

ISBN 9780367232429
Published April 23, 2020 by Routledge
300 Pages 90 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a thorough understanding of Short Sea Shipping (SSS) and its role in transport chains, presenting a revision of EU policies for SSS.

Infrastructure and equipment required for the success of SSS are discussed, including critical features of modern roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) ships and terminals. Models are proposed for the evaluation of transportation demand in SSS, including the potential effects of external costs, and its results are used within the scope of methods for Ro-Ro ship and fleet sizing. A discussion of methods used to calculate such costs is provided, and a comparison of aggregated demand with and without internalisation of external costs is carried out, pointing towards solutions for ‘greening’ freight transportation. Applications of multi-criteria decision-making and simulation techniques to supply chains based on SSS are presented. The role of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the promotion of SSS is also discussed. A number of case studies illustrate the different research methods and techniques.

This book is a useful resource for students and researchers studying transportation, as well as policymakers and practitioners involved in this field and anyone with an interest in the promotion of environmentally sound transport solutions.

Table of Contents

Preface  Part I: Short sea shipping policies, infrastructure and equipment  1. European policies for short sea shipping and intermodality  2. Ro-Ro ships and dedicated short sea shipping terminals  Part II: Quantitative methods for short sea shipping  3. Ro-Ro ship and fleet sizing in intermodal transportation  4. Sustainability in short sea shipping-based intermodal transport chains  5. Simulating Ro-Ro operations in the context of supply chains  6. Multi-criteria decision method applied to Motorways of the Sea  7. The economic impact of tourism on the Motorways of the Sea Nantes–Gijón  Part III: Regional studies on short sea shipping  8. Ro-Ro short sea shipping and Motorways of the Sea: evolutionary patterns of road hauliers’ operating strategies  9. The competitiveness of Motorways of the Sea: a case study in Italy  10. The cost of modal shift: the case of Greece  11. Short sea shipping in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations  12. Short sea shipping in Latin America: analysis of the current logistics systems  Part IV: Information and communications technology in support of short sea shipping  13. Short sea shipping in the age of information and communications technology  Index.

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Tiago A. Santos is Assistant Professor in Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and the Principal Researcher at the Centre for Marine Technology and Ocean Engineering (CENTEC) in the group ‘Safety and Logistics of Maritime Transportation’. He currently coordinates the national research project SHORTSEACHAIN, dealing mainly with short sea shipping integrated in intermodal supply chains.

C. Guedes Soares is Professor of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering in Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and President of the Centre for Marine Technology and Ocean Engineering (CENTEC). He has participated or coordinated numerous international and national research projects in the field of maritime transportation and ports, including the Concerted Action on Short Sea Shipping, INTRASEAS, TOHPIC, TRAPIST, TRESHIP, FLAGSHIP and EFFORTS EU projects.


"A timely review of recent research into short-sea shipping. The volume offers authoritative insights into recent developments which will interest economists and planners in transport and maritime business." — Professor John Dinwoodie, Head of Department of International Shipping, Logistics and Operations, Plymouth Business School, UK