27 Oct | 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Interview with the Coordinator:
Carlo Secchi, Atlantic Corridor Coordinator

"The Atlantic Core Network Corridor, including eight maritime ports, has an outstanding maritime dimension, given its positioning at the

crossroads of global maritime routes, via the Panama Canal and the Strait of Gibraltar, notably towards North and South America, neighbouring countries and Africa, which will be further explored by deploying the Motorways of the Sea and Short Sea Shipping along the Corridor's ports and feeder ports.


The core ports of the Atlantic Corridor handled 290 million tonnes of cargo in 2018, which is around 7% of all cargo transiting through European ports. A modal shift from road to less carbon-intensive modes is an important way to reduce the carbon emissions of the transport sector.

The Atlantic Corridor is a typical coastal Corridor, so maritime transport should be exploited as an alternative to road, next to rail transport. Besides, the development of the Corridor must also take into account the growing demand for maritime hinterland traffic."

ConnectingEU interviews the Professor Carlo Secchi, European Coordinator of the Atlantic Corridor debating on the effective of some of the most evident megatrends such as:


  • Ever-larger ships

  • Panama and Suez Canals’ widening

  • Access to overseas markets

  • Withdrawal of the United Kingdom

  • Decarbonisation


and how the development of the Corridor will those trends working together with ports, forwarders and ship operators, improving the administrative

procedures and data flow across all modes, ensuring the reliability of the network in order to guarantee smooth flows of goods between maritime and land transport, and providing the necessary rail capacity to and from ports.


Carlo Secchi

Atlantic Corridor Coordinator