Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Decarbonisation, Coastal Shipping and Multimodal Transport

Coastal shipping – maritime transport that takes place between ports on the same continent – represents around half of the global shipping market. It is also crucial to the connectivity of island regions and regional development. Decarbonising coastal shipping presents both challenges and opportunities, as does the growing concentration of ownership in the maritime transport sector. This report outlines the most pressing challenges the coastal shipping sector currently faces and provides governments and policy makers with concrete actions to help address them. 

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Policy Insights

  • Include coastal shipping in national decarbonisation strategies.

  • Support the sector’s decarbonisation efforts by reducing investment uncertainty.

  • Harness the regional development potential of coastal shipping.

  • Strengthen competition enforcement while leveraging maritime cabotage regulations.

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