Shipping Regulation, Trade Realities and Social License: Will Short Sea Shipping Ever Be More Than Just a Niche Service?

Governments seeking to induce the growth or development of short sea shipping often pass market access regulations, either unilaterally or multilaterally, to create a broader market for short sea shipping or provide subsidies to operators to help them grow the market. As is often the case in business decisions, whether or not the private sector invests in the service (by either buying it or providing it) is more complex than just a case of “incentivize it and we will come.” This 2015 CTRF presentation builds on a career of research on the topic in North and South America, Europe, and Australia. It will examine three perspectives on the development of short sea shipping and the regulatory environment that supports it: (1) what traders and ship operators require to commit and what completely deters their interest (trade realities), (2) what governments implement to support the sector (legislation and regulations), and finally (3) what role is played by citizens and taxpayers (social license). Each group can encourage short sea shipping or prevent its development. Taking such a holistic approach allows us to contemplate the promise and the reality of short sea shipping, and its probability of being more than just a niche transportation service limited to a few specialist trade routes.


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  • Media Type: Web
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  • Monograph Title: Canadian Transportation Research Forum 50th Annual Conference - Another 50 Years: Where to From Here?//Un autre 50 ans : qu'en est-il à partir de maintenant? Montreal, Quebec, May 24-26, 2015

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  • Accession Number: 01605044
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: ITRD, TAC
  • Created Date: Jul 26 2016 5:05PM