General Objective

To increase the competitiveness of the short sea shipping and to strengthen the attractiveness of intermodal transport solutions serving the ports and logistics centres  in the medium and lower Adriatic area, with particular reference to the integration in the logistics chain of the sea-routes that serve the two shores of the Adriatic and Ionian seas.


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).