The project objective is the improvement of the integration of the short sea shipping transport in the logistics chains crossing the Adriatic sea, and more specifically the provision of the best environment for the activation on intermodal railsea transport services between the ports and their own hinterlands.
Currently, the Adriatic ports have different level of
accessibility to the inland transport infrastructures: even if the ports and
the national governments have undertaken significant investments to increase
the railways accessibility and the connection to the national railways network,
not all the ports will be served in the present and medium term by railways
services and infrastructures.
Therefore, a clear picture on the available
infrastructures and policy framework for intermodality must be provided to
avoid the risk that the lack of modal alternative in one of the shores involves
the choice of the road transport also on the other one where modal alternativesn
have been developed. The project therefore supports the implemented or ongoing
infrastructural investments to promote intermodal transport by the joint
definition of a set of outputs to improve the market, policy and regulatory
conditions for intermodality.
The project activities are articulated in the
following main areas of action: Situation of the market, aimed at identifying,
in a way not distorting the market competition between operators, the current
and forecasted origin and destination of the freight flows passing through the
ports involved in the partnership, with one focus on the container traffic and
the second on the ferry freight traffic.
The findings of the analysis will allow the identification of the transport infrastructures that link the ports with the origin and destination of the freight flows (porthinterlands).