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Sustainable Short Sea Shipping

Editorial letter
Authors Anastasia Christodoulou
Johan Woxenius
Published in Sustainability
Volume 11
Issue 10
Pages 1-6
ISSN 2071-1050
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Business Administration
Department of Business Administration, Industrial and Financial Management & Logistics
Centre for Environment and Sustainability
Northern LEAD
Pages 1-6
Language en
Keywords Short Sea Shipping, Maritime transport, Intermodality, Slow steaming, SECA
Subject categories Business Administration, Transport Systems and Logistics


Deep sea shipping is generally accepted as the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient mode of transport. It is also true for large segments of short sea shipping (SSS), here simply defined as maritime transport that does not cross oceans. The sustainability performance of the SSS signature market segment of Roll on–roll off (RoRo) and Roll on–Roll off Passenger (RoPax), however, has been strongly questioned due to the generally low load factor and high operational speeds. SSS is less researched than deep sea shipping and it deserves more scientific attention. This is particularly true for the market segment of RoRo and RoPax. However, SSS also includes dry and wet bulk, ferry services and, with the operational definition of this Special Issue, transport on inland waterways as well. This issue intends to enrich and expand the existing literature on sustainable maritime transport, taking into consideration the particular operational and organizational features of SSS. Under this consideration, six papers covering sustainability issues of SSS operations in three continents have contributed to this Special Issue.

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