This paper presents a brief analysis on the applicability of high speed crafts in short sea trades, from different marine stakeholders point of view. The TRANSMAR research group of the Nautical Engineering and Sciences department from the Technical University of Catalonia, has continued the finished study (INECEU: Intermodality between Spain and Europe), proposing fast ships for serving some of the selected sea links in West Europe in it. The recent communication regarding the mid-term review of the European Commission's 2001 White paper on Transport, confirms that the evolution of modal split in freight transport from the year 2000 up to the year 2010, will show a steady share of 39% for the waterborne transport and a slight increase in the road transport. One of the four pillars of the European transport policy is the innovation in transport technologies and systems, improving its efficiency and logistics throughout the supply chain.

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