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Juan José Usabiaga Santamaría - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Department of Nautical Sciences and Engineering, Plaça Pla de Palau 18, 08003 Barcelona, Spain -

Marcel-la Castells i Sanabra - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Department of Nautical Sciences and Engineering, Plaça Pla de Palau 18, 08003 Barcelona, Spain -

Francisco Javier Martínez de Osés - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Department of Nautical Sciences and Engineering, Plaça Pla de Palau 18, 08003 Barcelona, Spain -


Air pollution is the most relevant externality of maritime transport and its effects are more acute in urban areas. As Short Sea Shipping (SSS) services call ports frequently and expend significant time in port, both the overall turnaround time and the port city closeness, become critical in their sustainable performance. This paper analyses the impact of maritime transport on Spanish SSS ports and identifies the ideal ones, reflecting the differences in their sustainable performance and finally identifying the characteristics that a harbour needs to gather in order to minimize air pollution impact in the maritime transport sector.

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