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Motorways of the Sea: reduced costs and consumption with maritime transport

Motorways of the Sea: reduced costs and consumption with maritime transport

A great deal of attention is paid to new maritime transport services, such as overseas, which make it possible to achieve economic savings and reductions in harmful emissions into the atmosphere. These are the so-called motorways of the sea, which have been revolutionizing the world of intermodal transport since 2001. In this sense, the partnership between Smet di De Rosa and Grimaldi Lines, which was at the heart of the service of the edition of Tgr Campania.

Motorways of the sea

In particolare, nel servizio andato in onda su Rai 3, l’attenzione è tutta rivolta alle cosiddette autostrade del mare. Una concezione del trasporto merci, lanciata nel 2001 con il Libro bianco sui trasporti, che si sta diffondendo sempre più in Italia, anche grazie a player come Smet e Grimaldi Lines. Gli obiettivi di questa politica, in particolare, sono tre: concentrare i flussi merci su percorsi marittimi, aumentare la coesione e ridurre la congestione stradale.

To achieve these results, the European Council has designated four corridors, the so-called Motorway of the Sea, which can be summarized as follows:

  • Baltic route: links the Baltic Sea Member States with the Member States of Central and Western Europe;
  • Western Europe route: links Portugal and Spain, via the Atlantic Arc, to the North Sea and the Irish Sea;
  • South-east Europe route: links the Adriatic Sea to the Ionian Sea and the eastern Mediterranean Sea;
  • Southwest Europe route: connects Spain, France, Italy and Malta in the Western Mediterranean Sea, connecting with the South-East Europe route and the Black Sea.

Transports according to Smet and Grimaldi

Along each of these maritime routes, as also mentioned by Rai 3 journalists, there is an opportunity to develop integrated logistics. The mixed use of means of transport by road, for transport to port sites, and means of transport by water, for the connection between the different ports through the motorways of the sea, offers several advantages. The first one is of environmental nature: «We reduce the CO2 of 15% and in a very important way the fine dusts – explains Andrea De Rosa of Smet – that are the polluting element for antonomasia, with a reduction of 95%». The second, and no less important, concerns transport costs: «There is an important need to put the transport galaxies in place – explains Guido Grimaldi, of Grimaldi Lines – By doing this you can create opportunities, jobs and therefore well-being and opportunity». Finally, there is the possibility of reducing road congestion, with obvious advantages for the well-being of all.

In this regard, De Rosa and Grimaldi have for some time already established a partnership, which allows them to take advantage of the so-called overseas transport. Not only door to port, but also door to door.