Motorways of the Sea as Part of the revised TEN-T Dr. G. Aifadopoulou Managing Director TRUTh S.A. “Lessons” learned by the TEN-T map Land infrastructure projects are “bridging” the major ports of EU Priority is given to rail and Motorways of the sea
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Dr. G. Aifadopoulou
Managing Director TRUTh S.A.
Land infrastructure projects are “bridging” the major ports of EU
Priority is given to rail and Motorways of the sea
The long “land corridors”are balanced by “long maritime” links
Sea motorways are “used” to provide alternatives to land bottlenecks but also “feed” major transit networks of EU
“….Maritime links to connect regions and provide links with peripheral regions, avoid bottlenecks, and provide EU access to world markets”.
Although a new concept the participants recognized that it was still an “undefined concept” having similarities with short sea shipping but with an enlarged envisaged “function” within TEN-T.
2. According to the Van Miert Report
“Genuine motorways of the sea are aimed at acting as a substitute of motorways of land, either to avoid saturated land corridors, or to give access to countries separated from the rest of the European Union by seas”.
This concept is valid for passenger and cargo in three maritime areas of Europe (the Atlantic, the Baltic, the West Mediterranean) by the use of ro-ro ships.
What about lo-lo/lift-on/lift-off freight transportation and the other maritime areas?
What is the relevant justification of land infrastructure development included in the TEN-T included for the same purpose with the sea motorways development?
“The successful development of sea motorways will depend on a number of prerequisites or parallel actions such as concentrating freight, gaining the support of hauliers, shippers and forwarders, eliminating customs checks and other administrative burdens, the development of electronic reporting for Port Authorities, the provision of appropriate facilities”.
However, there are no recommendations for ports and routes selection and the “prerequisites” cannot always be matched. Who will select the ports ?
“Powerful” business cases for dedicated transport.
Transport Market oriented approach should be followed.
Quality of Service is critical parameter for defining the SM.
The direct relation with the economy of the regions concerned is needed.
The operation of Sea Motorway schemes should contribute efficiently to:
Logistic chains segmented by O/D pairs
Logistic chains segmented by product:
Segmented by transport modes combination:
1,0 mil.t.Major Logistic Chains to be served by Adriatic-Ionian Sea-Motorway