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FORTIS: Feasibility study on maritime passenger transport between Slovenia and Italy

Within the framework of the FORTIS project, the Municipality of Koper in co-operation with the University of Ljubljana (Faculty of Maritime and Transport Studies) carried out a feasibility study entitled "Cross-border Maritime Connections for Passenger Transport between Slovenia and Italy". Experts analysed the feasibility of establishing a cross-border maritime connection between Slovenia and Italy, more precisely between Koper and Trieste, identifying several objectives: analysis of the existing network as well as the organisation of public passenger transport in both territorial areas; verification of the studies previously conducted on cross-border connections between Italy and Slovenia involving public passenger transport; a needs analysis of local inhabitants regarding the cross-border maritime connection with Trieste; the selection of a suitable ship to upgrade the Koper-Trieste line alongside the calculation of the breakeven point in case of the introduction of a maritime Koper-Trieste connection.

The study also showed the need to ensure greater sustainability for all types of transport; a wide availability of sustainable alternatives in the multimodal transport system, as well as the necessity to create a real incentive for transition.

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