Maritime transport is the backbone of trade and economic development (80% of goods are moved by maritime transportation). Global seaborne trade volume and demand for shipping services have been in constant. With its strategic location, the Mediterranean hosts an important transit lane and trans- shipment activities for international shipping. It is also a busy traffic area due to Mediterranean seaborne traffic (movement between a Mediterranean port and a port outside the Mediterranean), and short sea shipping activities (connecting two Mediterranean ports).
This publication is a spin-off of the State report on the environment and development in the Mediterranean. Discoverthe others publications.