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A multi-criteria decision method for the analysis of the Motorways of the Sea: the application to the case of France and Spain on the Atlantic Coast


  • Alba Martínez-L&x#f3;pez
  • Alicia Munín-Doce
  • Lorena García-Alonso


Despite European Union (EU) political support to identify the most feasible Motorways of the Sea, the final decision can only be made by Private Shipping Companies, which are operators of a unique stretch of the intermodal chain. This paper provides a multi-criteria decision method to identify the most suitable Motorways of the Sea taking into account the competitiveness of whole intermodal routes versus the alternative of road transport from the loader's perspective. The analysis is carried out assuming a 'many-to-many' transport model. Firstly indexes of time and cost were defined and evaluated for every available route in the model in accordance with a multi-criteria decision matrix. Secondly, through a Monte Carlo simulation a sensitivity analysis was carried out in order to evaluate the influence on the results of the forecast assumed to construct the matrix. The results obtained are not only quantitative, but also qualitative. The development of intermodal routes via Motorways of the Sea is especially relevant for the peripheral EU countries. Due to the relevance of the freight flow between France and Spain and the congestion of their connections through the Pyrenees, the method proposed was applied to the analysis of this particular case

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  • Alba Martínez-L&x#f3;pez & Alicia Munín-Doce & Lorena García-Alonso, 2015. "A multi-criteria decision method for the analysis of the Motorways of the Sea: the application to the case of France and Spain on the Atlantic Coast," Maritime Policy & Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(6), pages 608-631, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:marpmg:v:42:y:2015:i:6:p:608-631
    DOI: 10.1080/03088839.2015.1039091

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    1. Lupi, Marino & Farina, Alessandro & Orsi, Denise & Pratelli, Antonio, 2017. "The capability of Motorways of the Sea of being competitive against road transport. The case of the Italian mainland and Sicily," Journal of Transport Geography, Elsevier, vol. 58(C), pages 9-21.

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