Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Coastal Shipping and Combined Transport Roundtable

An image of a ferry leaving an island port.
Coastal shipping is an important element of connectivity within domestic markets and integrated regional economies. Increasingly large container ships and market concentration have resulted in coastal shipping operations becoming increasingly important for first and last-mile transport. This Roundtable, held on 13-14 October 2022, explored best practices and policies to develop coastal shipping operations.

Some regions now have maritime cabotage services that are fully integrated into door-to-door freight transport services. Participants in the Roundtable examined efficient combined transport and research into possible ways to reduce the cost of multimodal freight transport, including reducing terminal/port costs and those of first and last-mile transport. This is expected to reduce the carbon footprint of freight transport by encouraging modal shift from road freight toward rail and maritime freight.

This Roundtable was part of the ITF’s 2022-23 Programme of Work. A report summarising the issues discussed during the Roundtable was published in 2023.


Chair's Summary

Anastasia Christodoulou, World Maritime University, Malmö

Presentation: Market Developments in Coastal Shipping

Mike Garratt, MDS Transmodal

Presentation: Coastal Shipping and Regional Economic Integration

Lourdes Trujillo, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Presentation: Coastal Shipping and Multi-modal Freight Transport

Johan Woxenius, University of Gothenburg

Presentation: How can coastal shipping and multi-modal freight transport be decarbonised?

Anastasia Christodoulou, World Maritime University

Presentation: Lessons from Coastal Shipping Reforms

Ana Casaca, Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa