The South West Indian Ocean Maritime Corridor (SWIOMC) Scoping Study borrows from the “Motorways of the Sea (MoS)” concept developed in the 2010 European Union (EU) Transport Strategy. The MoS are defined as “floating infrastructure” that link selected ports in different Member States with the direct aim of extending the territory to the sea. This idea considers vessels as infrastructure and hence seeks to encourage long-term investment in ships, ports and the system of waterways.
A key component of this concept is “Short Sea Shipping” (SSS), being the waterborne transport of cargo and passengers by sea or inland waterways as part of a logistic transport chain. Where facilitated by a streamlined regulatory environment, for example, the absence of cabotage restrictions, SSS can be a sustainable transport link in the door-to-door supply chain.