Maritime space

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Every year, two billion tonnes of freight are loaded or unloaded at EU ports. In addition to container handling, this freight relates to fishing activities, sea-related services and sometimes shipbuilding. Its growing strategic importance is creating a situation of under-capacity and a highly competitive climate. Increasing the role of medium-sized ports could ease the situation and offer ideal sites for intermodal transport intersections.

The combination of different transport modes offers unique economic and ecological benefits. Five times less costly than road transport, maritime transport today handles no less than 90 % of the EU’s foreign trade and more than 40 % of its internal trade. It also generates around three million jobs in Europe.