The European Union wants to promote a highly competitive and efficient freight transport to link all the continent’s main logistical platforms. They have been called the Motorways of the Sea, a network of different sea routes that by 2020 will hopefully connect all the main European ports and in turn connect these to the major road and railway distribution routes. The objectives are to reduce transport costs which elevate product prices, optimize road transport and reduce environmental damage.


The European Commission intends to assign a public contract to study the priorities of the Motorways of the Sea in the TEN-T network. The contract will last 27 months and is estimated to cost 750,000 euros. To make this possible it is essential to carry out a thorough and detailed analysis of the existing port coverage, maritime links, as well as the technical, administrative and  infrastructural barriers,

The European Commission presents this project as a competitive and ecological alternative to optimize road transport. The main interest and motivations for developing this project is to prevent any eventual gridlock, reduce exhaust emissions and carry out driver management in order to encourage sustainable development and comply with the corporate social responsibility requirements.

Fear of what this project may entail for road transport has disappeared as entrepreneurs have realized the advantages which are an increase in productivity due to drivers work time being regulated. In addition to this, road accidents will be reduced and there will be a positive impact on the environment as long as these services are regular and are beneficial for the customer.  In this regard, it is inevitable to talk about the optimization systems for fleets that Goal Systems provides.

A good example of these services is GoalDriver®, management software for drivers and other professionals that allows transport system companies to successfully administer their staff. This service has been designed to solve different scenarios of the same model, optimizing the staff’s work calendars and minimizing costs by efficiently planning business variables, but, most of all, increasing their satisfaction and therefore, the quality of the service.

Nevertheless, despite the many advantages of these motorways of the sea, there are still a series of hidden problems that affect efficiency, performance and service quality. If these problems are solved and according to the technicians at the Short Sea Promotion Centre Spain Association, companies could save up to 20% of their costs, even more if they use boats which work on cheaper fuels like liquefied gas.

To attain optimal quality in the transportation of goods there is no doubt that maximum efficiency is essential whether it be by sea, road or railway. Goal Systems is totally aware of this and that is why it offers maximum optimization for transport operations and maximum savings and resources control.

Micaela Gomez

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