Short Sea Shipping in Various Regions
This chapter covers some selected regions in which SSS plays (or is anticipated to play) a pre-eminent role. The first section focuses on Greece and offers insights into the structure and importance of this mode of transport in the national transport system. The second section of the chapter is devoted to a comprehensive overview of SSS in Asia, which illustrates its significance for the Asian economy. The impressive growth rates of the Chinese economy and the associated imports and exports have created enormous challenges to the distribution of cargoes. Coastal trade from China’s maritime hubs to smaller ports along the country’s coastline has already been well established, while many industrial centres in the hinterland are connected to the coast via the Yangtze River. Finally, the chapter examines the Japanese SSS network, which mainly includes Ro-Ro and ferry vessels, as well as the Korean SSS which is underutilized, but the land transport hurdles in this country underpin the need for the formation of a robust SSS network.
KeywordsGreek shipping Cabotage Asia
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