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Sea–river shipping competitiveness and its geographical market area for the Rhône–Saône corridor

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  • Charles Lopez

    (LET - Laboratoire d'économie des transports - CNRS : UMR5593 - Université Lumière - Lyon II - Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat)

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    The concept of sea-river shipping is simple: a single vessel sails both coastal and inland waters. Thus, seaport transhipment is avoided resulting in lower transport costs. However, this concept is limited to certain transport waterways. On the Rhône-Saône corridor, sea-river shipping can directly connect inland ports with Mediterranean seaports. The absence of transhipment raises the issue of the competition/complementarity between sea-river shipping and a transport chain associating inland and maritime transport. Sea-river vessels must abide by certain specifications, such as draught, height and length, all related to the navigational restrictions on rivers and canals. The question is: at what threshold, in terms of tonnage, are sea-river vessels more efficient than “barge+shortsea” transport service? After addressing this question, we determine, for different ports of the Rhône-Saône corridor, the competitive navigational area of sea-river shipping.

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    Date of creation: 2008
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    Publication status: Published, Journal of Transport Geography, 2008, 16, 2, pp. 100-116
    Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00304325

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    Keywords: Multi-modal transport chain ; Sea–river/short-sea shipping ; Production costs ; Rhône–Saône corridor;

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