Motorways of the Sea - a perfect fit

Transport's energy consumption, and therefore greenhouse gas emissions, has been steadily increasing because transport volumes are growing faster than the energy efficiency of different means of transport.

The EU's White Paper on Common Transport Policy called for a return of the alternative modes to their 1998 share by 2010, and then for an increase in the use of these more sustainable modes.

The development of dry ports could play a key role in achieving a better balance. 

Motorways don't have to be concrete and the most important aspect of the Dryport project will be promoting the shift of goods away from roads and onto rail and water. At the same time, Dryport is encouraging co-operation between the private and public sector, and promotes transnational co-operation.

All of these aspirations are a perfect fit with those of the European Commission's Motorways of the Sea concept, which seeks to improve port communications across Europe and strengthen networks by encouraging sea routes that save energy, reduce pollution and free up overland European transport networks.

The initiative offers funding for new intermodal maritime-based logistics chains in Europe which could ease the pressure on Europe's congested road system. That includes better use of rail and inland waterway connections.

Dryport has the potential to connect its work directly to the Motorways of the Sea concept.


Dryport - a modal shift in practice