An “island formation” is a area within the hinterland of a port which is served by one other port. Some areas of southern Europe, though positioned within the hinterland of some Mediterranean ports, are “island formations” of northern vary ports (specifically, northern European ports between Le Havre and Hamburg): an instance is the Padan Plain, in northern Italy, which is at the moment, though solely partially, an “island formation” of northern vary ports. Actually, a related quantity of TEUs, which have origin or vacation spot in the Padan Plain, and have been unloaded from ships working deep-sea routes or shall be loaded on them, cross northern vary ports. Several sources report this quantity of TEUs, however there’s disagreement amongst them. In this paper, firstly, this quantity of TEUs is estimated, in response to scheduled rail connections between northern vary ports and Italian intermodal centres/freight villages. Afterwards, an evaluation of transport prices and journey instances is carried out in order to find out the benefit of unloading containers (having origin in the Far East or North America and vacation spot in the Padan Plain) by way of northern vary ports as a substitute of Italian ports.
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