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Maritime Logistics in EU Green Ports and Short Sea Shipping

Maritime Logistics

ISBN: 978-1-78052-340-8, eISBN: 978-1-78-052341-5

Publication date: 12 January 2012


To examine the EU ‘Short Sea Shipping’ (SSS), its ‘motorways of the sea (MoS)’ and green ports, within short sea maritime logistics.

To present past research and report recent developments speculating on future trends.

The dominance of SSS over road is questioned; as road transport has expanded, hubs are expected to become larger and fewer with feeders. Road transport is not certain to follow SSS and its four motorways. This result was responsible for the relocation of industry from West to East and North–East inter-port competition.

The SSS ship size and port are undefined; specific data on these concepts are unavailable.

‘Door-to-door’ services are highly sought after in this sector, but difficult to establish.

The green element introduced here, mainly for ports, will dominate future discussions because of the high importance given to climate change.

This chapter outlines for the first time the development of the policy on EU Eco-ports, the relocation of industry, the West–East port competition, the MoS and the long-term deterioration of SSS logistics which is likely to persist in the future.




This research was supported in part by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University under grant number J-BB7L. The authors would like to thank our research assistant, Mr Michael Ng, for his able assistance in the development of this chapter. Thanks are also due to the editor, Prof. Song, Dong-Wook, for his valuable comments.


Goulielmos, A.M., Lun, V.Y.H. and Lai, K.-H. (2012), "Maritime Logistics in EU Green Ports and Short Sea Shipping", Song, D.-W. and Panayides, P.M. (Ed.) Maritime Logistics, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 245-262.



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