The final report of the ETF – EU funded project “A fair and sustainable waterborne transport in Europe: the maritime, inland navigation, ports and fishing sectors of the ETF build human-centred responses to global threats” is now available.
The waterborne transport sector in Europe has been facing significant challenges. The European markets in the industry are also still largely fragmented, and there is a lack of integration in wider multimodal logistics networks.
At the same time, our waterborne transport workers (dockers, seafarers, crew members and fishers) must continue working in a changing industry. Creating smart, safe and sustainable waterborne transport services and operations requires both high-skilled workers and high-quality jobs.
At a time when the EU is both facing a sudden, immense crisis and considering how to define an industrial strategy to strengthen its place in the world economy, the European waterborne transport sector should be considered as a strategic and key asset.
The ETF action for a “sustainable and fair waterborne transport in Europe” intends to look into the sustainability and resilience challenges of the waterborne transport sector, which encompasses shipping, ports, inland navigation and fishing.
What topics are covered?
The report “Water Transport Employment in Europe: The Role of Governance” has been written by Olaf Merk of the International Transport Forum (ITF) and builds on expert discussions during two workshops and Steering Group meetings organised by the ETF.
The report assesses the current state of water transport employment in Europe, links it to water transport governance and provides recommendations for reform.