The shortsea routes between the UK and northern Europe handle large volumes of cargo, and powerful shipping interests have competed fiercely for the prime sectors. In these contests the container tended to give way to the trailer, particularly on the long transit routes between the UK and Scandinavia. A separate power group has now arisen in the form of large international hauliers, who regard short-sea crossings as little more than expensive interruptions to through road haulage operations, mostly using semi-trailers. Ship operators therefore not only compete with each other but with the hauliers as well. Companies with Ro-Ro ships built to take 80% containers and 20% trailers are predicting a complete reversal in the near future. Elsewhere in the world the trailer is giving way to the box, but the facts of the UK/Scandinavian trade cannot be ignored.

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    National Magazine House

    72 Broadwick Street
    London SW1V 2BP,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Phillips, F E
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

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  • Accession Number: 00330053
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: International Cargo Handling Coordination Assn
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM