20 million euro in aid for road freight transport on ships

The Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (Mitma) has published the first call for aid from the Maritime Eco-incentives program, endowed with 20 million euro.

This call tries to encourage the road freight transport sector to load trucks onto ships. The objective of the subsidies, included in the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR), is to promote the international transport of goods by sea as an alternative to the road, based on environmental and socioeconomic merit.

The aid of this first call is aimed at carriers, loaders or logistics operators, both companies and freelancers, who choose to ship semi-trailers, trailers or rigid heavy vehicles on a ro-ro, con-ro or ro-pax ship, in Instead of exclusively using the road to move the merchandise to its final destination.

This program thus seeks to promote multimodal transport, taking advantage of the flexibility of the road and the efficiency of maritime transport to help reduce emissions, as well as road congestion while reinforcing road safety and improving the working conditions of workers of the sector and family conciliation. In addition, the program represents an indirect stimulus to the shipping companies that operate eligible services to improve the environmental performance of these services.

The potential beneficiaries will be able to board the trucks in certain maritime services operated by the shipping companies Brittany Ferries, Suarzdiaz Atlántica, Flota Suardiz, CLD Roro, Grimaldi Euromed SpA and Finnlines Oyi, which have been chosen collaborating entities of the program through a first call.

Specifically, the eligible services run through the Mediterranean and the Atlantic arc, connecting a Spanish port and one from another Member State of the European Union, as long as there is an alternative road route for the line, including those that involve a crossing of canals or narrows.

The services with which this program begins depart from the ports of Barcelona, ​​Bilbao, Valencia, Sagunto, Santander and Vigo to ports located in other EU countries such as Italy, Ireland, Finland, Belgium and France.

In this sense, for each embarked unit and journey made, an eco-incentive will accrue, which is calculated based on the savings in external costs (greenhouse gases, air pollution, congestion, accidents and noise) generated within Spain for using maritime mode instead of highway to route truck traffic.

Carriers, shippers or logistics operators, who must be established in the European Union, may request aid electronically, through Mitma’s electronic headquarters. In other words, the aid is requested based on the journeys made at the end of the eligible period of each call.

The maritime eco-incentive program is included in component 6 of the PRTR and has a total initial budget of 60 million euro, for which the organisation of successive calls is planned, to which new operators and services may be added, up to 2025, until the allocated NextGenerationEU European funds are consumed.

The maritime eco-incentive is part of the Strategy for Safe, Sustainable and Connected Mobility 2030 and its purpose is twofold: to consolidate and increase the modal share of maritime freight transport, improving its environmental performance, and to promote the transfer from road to maritime mode with objective sustainability criteria.

Mitma has counted on the participation of the maritime and road sectors, several ministries (Miteco, Treasury, Presidency), the European Commission and entities involved such as Puertos del Estado or the Spanish Association for the promotion of short-haul maritime transport in the preparation of the program. distance, among others.

The maritime eco-incentive is part of the line of aid for sustainable transport of the PRTR, which also has a line to encourage the rail mode. In total, the eco-incentives have 120 million euro that will be distributed equally between both modes for three years.