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While short sea shipping is one of the oldest forms of transporting cargo, in recent years it has been largely superseded in Europe by an all conquering road transport system. Yet a judicious use of short sea shipping routes can deliver cost benefits.

MSE was a partner in the recently completed PROPOSSE project, which aims to foster short sea shipping routes for trade within the Atlantic arc of Europe - Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland and the UK.

Following his work with MSE on PROPOSSE John Fannon presented a paper incorporating project results at the World Conference on Transport Research at Antwerp in May 2012. In particular John described the web hosted TruckDriver utility, which indicates the cost savings to be obtained using RORO short sea shipping routes between Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe, as opposed to the Dover Calais crossing.

The paper also points out the potential significant cost savings by using Lift On Lift Off (LOLO) containers for the sea crossing and also the current disadvantages. John proposes management arrangements and alliances between Ports and Hauliers to enable a cheap and efficient LOLO service to be set up to compete with current conventional operations.

The paper can be downloaded from the MSE website by following the link:

PROPOSSE was part funded by the EU Interreg Atlantic Area Programme.

For further information contact John Fannon:

Posted 2012-06-26 15:20:50

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