Shipping Freight by Water in Britain and Ireland. Calculating Economic Cost and Environmental Opportunities

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Examines the prospects of increased participation of Britain and Ireland in freight trade shipping. The dependence of both island nations on road haulage has led to environmental concerns over congestion, pollution, road damage and heavy fuel consumption. This book contains twelve color photographs.


“Dr. Rowlinson’s book is not a plea for a return to the shipping patterns of the past because he articulates very effectively the changes in shipping, ports and economic activity that make this both undesirable and impossible. What he does is present a balanced and realistic case for greater attention to, and use of, water transport and the adoption of more positive and proactive approaches which will capitalize on the mode’s ‘green’ characteristics. There is considerable scope for waterborne freight to play a more substantial role in supply chain logistics and environmental concerns make it essential that this is brought about. This book will help.” – Dr. David Hilling MBE, Greenwich Maritime Institute, European River-Sea Transport Union

“Most books on Maritime Economics tend to ignore the existence of coastal shipping or if they refer to it at all, they tend to infer that that it is the scruffy small brother of the really important foreign trading ships. However, Dr. Rowlinson makes it clear in the opening chapters that the logistic function of coastal shipping is substantially different to that of its foreign trading counterpart. He also makes it clear in his analysis that its evolutionary process over the last century has been subject to different factors which has stunted its growth while big brother has seen the reverse.” – Prof. Patrick Adlerton, London Metropolitan University

“Abundantly supported with footnotes, references and cases studies, “Rediscovering British and Irish Freight Routes: The Green Highway” should appeal to a range of readers, including British maritime historians, ship-spotting enthusiasts, policy-makers who need a political-economic understanding of short sea shipping and the university student of maritime and transport studies, for whom there has long been a dearth of academic texts in this sector of shipping.” – Prof. John E N Hoar, Southampton Solent University

Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures

List of Plates


Author’s Note


Foreword by Dr. David Hilling MBE

1. Introduction
2. The Disguised Decline of Coastal and Inland Shipping
3. The Green Highway Context
4. The Renaissance of the Red Ensign
5. Green Highway Traffic Flows
6. A Profile of Leading Operators
7. The Economics & Logistics of the Green Highway
8. The Green Credentials of Shipping?
9. Summary and Conclusion

Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3




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