Impact of New Technologies on Shortsea Shipping in Greece

Harilaos N. Psaraftis, Apostolos Papanikolaou

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Abstract

This paper describes the current situation of shortsea shipping in Greece and discusses the possible role of new technologies within the context of coastal transport in this country in the years ahead. By "new technologies" this paper mainly refers to vessels of new design and operating characteristics (such as "fast" vessels capable of making 30-50 knots). In addition, the term "new technologies" also includes the broader spectrum of technological advances that would increase the efficiency of the present system, such as computerized passenger reservation systems, advanced communications systems, etc.
With respect to ship technology, the coastal shipping system in Greece has already experienced a significant transformation in the last 20-30 years, and is most likely to experience another one in the years ahead. The first such transformation concerns the gradual substitution of ferry vessels for the more
traditional passenger-only vessels sailing in the Aegean and Ionian seas. The second transformation concerns the potential role of fast vessels of new design, whose appearance in the system has already started.
If one combines such a development with other technological advances in information systems and telecommunications, as well as the likelihood of increased deregulation of the shortsea market in the near future, it is likely that the picture of shortsea shipping in Greece in the years ahead will be dramatically
different from what it has ever been. The paper presents some speculative scenarios as to how this picture might evolve.
This paper also includes a section on policy recommendations so as to improve the efficiency of the system and aim toward a better EC transport integration.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date1992
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes
EventFirst European Research Roundtable Conference on Shortsea Shipping - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 26 Nov 199227 Nov 1992

Conference

ConferenceFirst European Research Roundtable Conference on Shortsea Shipping
CountryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period26/11/199227/11/1992

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