Large potential in short sea shipping for European trade
The concept of moving goods by sea along a coast, without crossing an ocean, has been around for centuries. But it wasn’t until 1997 that the first European short sea promotion centre was established. Today, short sea shipping is at the forefront of the European Union’s transport policy and accounts for roughly 40% of all moved goods.
Over the past decade, there has been a shift in short sea shipping from RoRo vessels to container ships, and we can now see a clear trend where container ships are increasing their share on the European market. Moving towards more short sea shipping using container ships, goes hand in hand with sustainability as a global trend.