The Role of Ferry and Ro-Ro Shipping in Sustainable Development of Transport

Issue: 1/2015

As far as sustainable transport development is concerned, transfer of cargo from road transport to short sea shipping, which, according to the common opinion, generates lower external costs, is one of the objectives of the European Union policy. However, the latest research results indicate that some Ro-Ro vessels and ferries gener-ate higher external costs than road transport. In light of this, benefits resulting from transferring the cargo from road to sea seem to be questionable. The main aim of the article is answering the question whether, and if so, how ferry and Ro-Ro shipping con-tributes to development of sustainable transport? In order to answer this question, an analysis of ferry and Ro-Ro shipping lines functioning in European transport system has been conducted.

DOI: 10.1515/revecp-2015-0010
JEL: R48, R41
Keywords: Sustainable transport, Short sea shipping, Ro-Ro shipping, Intermodal transport, Ferry shipping, External costs

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