Title: Cost and time models for the evaluation of intermodal chains by using short sea shipping in the North Sea Region: the Rosyth-Zeebrugge route

Authors: Alba Martínez-López; Jacob Kronbak; Liping Jiang

Addresses: Department of Marine and Oceanic Engineering, University of A Coruña, Edificio de Talleres, (Campus de Esteiro), C/Mendizábal, 15403, Ferrol, A Coruña, Spain ' Department of Transport, Technical University of Denmark, Bygningstorvet 1, Building 115, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark ' Department of Technology and Innovation, University of Southern Denmark, Niels BohrsAllé 1, 5230 Odense M, Denmark

Abstract: This paper is framed in the context of the EU Interreg IVB North Sea Region project Food Port. In line with this project, this paper aims to define mathematically cost and time models able to provide realistic information about the performances of road haulage and of intermodal chains using short sea shipping (SSS) in the North Sea Region (NSR). The models integrate the necessary variables to establish the impact of different fleets and SSS features on the competitiveness of intermodal chains for the movement of food related goods. The models were applied to evaluate the opportunities for the success of intermodal chains using the Rosyth-Zeebrugge route. The results obtained validate the utility of the models and they suggest possible changes to the current operation of this SSS service in order to increase the marked potential possibilities for the intermodal chains through Rosyth-Zeebrugge.

Keywords: transport costs; short sea shipping; Ro-Ro transport; container feeder transport; intermodal transport; cost modelling; time modelling; North Sea; road haulage; intermodal chains; food supply chains; Rosyth-Zeebrugge.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2015.069692

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 2015 Vol.7 No.4, pp.494 - 520

Received: 04 Apr 2014
Accepted: 27 Oct 2014

Published online: 29 May 2015 *

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