BTJ 3/16 - Report: The Baltic ro-ro & ferry market in 2015
Publication date: 2016-07-04
Contrary to the container market - or the port business seen as a whole - the Baltic Sea ro-ro & ferry industry is on the rise, a modest one, but still it experienced another growth year.
Here the sanctions war with Russia has also taken its toll, but to a far lesser extent.
In the future more rapid development isn't constrained by the lack of on- and offshore capacity, but rather by a sort of wheeled economic supply-demand optimum our region has reached for the time being.
In 2015, Baltic seaports handled nearly 131 mln tn of cargo which travelled over our sea's waters on or in vehicles of all kinds.
King of short sea shipping, by Marek Błuś
The 3/2016 issue of Baltic Transport Journal in the Report section features also:
- Scandinavia-Adriatic bridge over the Baltic. Świnoujście-Trelleborg Motorway of the Sea, by Monika Woźniak-Lewandowska, Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority's Communication and PR Specialist
Back in 2014 the European Commission decided to grant TEN-T funds to the port authorities of Trelleborg and Szczecin-Świnoujście, as well as to the Ferry Terminal Świnoujście and Trafikverket for the development of a Motorway of the Sea between the Polish and Swedish seaports. This initiative is now in its follow-up period, this time backed by money from the Connecting Europe Facility.
- The benefits of the Sulphur Directive. The first European Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) assessment, by Daniel Rieger, NABU's Transport Policy Officer
Despite the fact that negotiations on the introduction of a global sulphur cap of 0.5% in 2020 are still pending at the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) level, northern Europe took the initiative and set a limit for marine fuels at 0.1% which came into effect as of January 1st, 2015. While environmental and health organizations welcomed the decision as reasonable towards tackling the shipping sector’s massive air pollutant emissions and its negative impacts on the climate, health and environment, the industry was more sceptical.