This article reports on current developments in multimodal cargo flows in North European freight transports from Eastern and Western European shipping companies' viewpoint. Four types of options were identified for shipping companies in multimodal transport operations: 1) the full service operator, 2) the feeder operator in container trades, 3) the ro-ro operator, and 4) the ferry operator. The first option requires a global transport network together with efficient information handling capabilities; most Eastern European operators are unlikely to achieve this level. Fleets from the former socialist countries have an advantage as low cost operators in the second option, provided that the quality of the operation conforms to principals' requirements. In ro-ro shortsea trades the major freight transport operators are well integrated into either freight forwarder driven arrangements or into major shippers. Finally, as providers of port-to-port transport for road-based cargoes, ferry operators continue to play an important role in international transports. Along with the ongoing transition process and a higher level of economic stability in these countries, mergers and acquisitions by Western partners are likely to follow.

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    Taylor & Francis

    4 Park Square, Milton Park
    Abingdon,   United Kingdom  OX14 4RN
  • Authors:
    • Ojala, L
  • Publication Date: 1995-10


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00714639
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 20 1995 12:00AM