MultiAPPRO project presented at ADRION annual event
23rd May 2018 MultiAPPRO project was presented at ADRION annual event in Catania, Italy. The event was organized by the Governing Body of ADRION programme with the aim of more effectively promoting strategically important projects within the ADRION program.
KIP participated on workshop »Eligibility of expenditures and reporting«!
21st May 2018 KIP participated on workshop »Eligibility of expenditures and reporting« which organized Agency for Regional Development of the Republic of Croatia, in cooperation with programme bodies of Interreg V-A Italy–Croatia Cooperation Programme 2014 – 2020
TRANSPOGOOD project consortium has met in Chieti to discuss and work on project implementation activities. Two-day meeting was organised by the Special Chamber of Commerce of Chieti on July 5 and 6 at the premises of our hosting partner. During these two days, project partners joined forces to facilitate implementation of project activities.
Partners have discussed their roles within the project, have provided up-to-date information about their progress and spent time to have bilateral meetings on specific topics within some WPs.
Lead Partner seminar in Venice!
On 26th and 27th June 2018 the Lead Partner
seminar of „Standard+“ programme was held in Venice. Ms Vujnović Kereš from
Intermodal Transport Cluster attended this seminar. Representatives from Joint
Secretariat presented to lead partners main programme achievements and timing
of project’s activities in Standard+
programme. Also, partners were informed about difference between minor and major
modifications and procedures for project changes, about rules and obligations
in project communication as well as required activities for all projects, about
state aid compliance during implementation, eligibility principles and sound
financial management and main steps and tools in reporting process.
MultiAPPRO project presented at ADRION annual event
On 23.05.2018. international project MultiAPPRO "Multidisciplinary approach and solutions to the development of intermodal transport in the region", financed by the program: “Adriatic-Ionian INTERREG V-B Transnational 2014-2020 program” was presented at ADRION annual event in Catania, Italy. The event was organized by the Governing Body with the aim of more effectively promoting strategically important projects within the ADRION program, and served as a very good opportunity to get acquainted with projects and partners from other priority axes of the program.
Investments in transport infrastructure and superstructure require exceptional financial investments, and they have an extremely negative impact on the environment when performing the works. However, these are capital and long-term investments and cost rationalization is key to future competitiveness and the development of a certain traffic direction, emphasized Mr Marijan Cukrov, Director of Intermodal Cluster Transport, the lead partner of the project, during his presentation.
Through the implementation of the MultiAPPRO project, a model will be developed to measure the impact of each individual infrastructure and supra-structural investment in relation to the existing situation in a simple and logical way. In this way, it will be possible to set goals and rational decisions on future investment in intermodal infrastructure and supra-structure in the entire Adriatic-Ionian region, with the primary goal of eliminating the bottlenecks or their minimization.
Also, Intermodal Transport Cluster would like to thank the organizer, ADRION Program governing body, for the invitation to this great ceremony in Catania, and on the opportunity to present the MultiAPPRO project on such an important and great event.
CHARGE public event!
16th May 2018 KIP presented CHARGE project to students, professors and
other exhibitors on Career Day at Faculty of Maritime Studies in Rijeka.
Career Day was held for the fifth consecutive year and is an excellent opportunity
to meet and talk to many employers. KIP took this opportunity to present the
CHARGE project to students, professors and other visitors and exhibitors.
KIP participated on workshop »Eligibility of expenditures and reporting«!
21st May 2018 KIP participated on workshop »Eligibility of expenditures and
reporting« which organized Agency for Regional Development of the Republic of
Croatia, in cooperation with programme bodies of Interreg V-A Italy–Croatia
Cooperation Programme 2014 – 2020.
Programme and National Eligibility rules for Croatian partners were
presented at the workshop and lectures on main steps and tools in reporting
NEWBRAIN project presented!
The NEWBRAIN – Nodes Enhancing Waterway bridging Adriatic-Ionian Network
project was presented on a workshop.
The Project is implemented by 10 organizations representing core logistic
nodes of Adriatic Ionian transport system of 9 regions from EU and IPA
countries, aims to unlock the potential for integrated intermodal transport,
with particular reference to short sea shipping, and improve the connections
between the main logistics nodes of the Adriatic Ionian area.
The project was presented to students, professors and other exhibitors,
many of whom are important players in the logistics system such as logistic
operators, port authorities, railway operators, maritime agencies etc.
TRANSPOGOOD project presented at the Career Day!
16.05.2018 KIP participated in the Career Day of the Faculty of Maritime
Studies in Rijeka. On this occasion we presented the TRANSPOGOOD project to
students, professors and other exhibitors.
The project has attracted a lot of
attention and interest from all participants.
MultiAPPRO stakeholder workshop held on the Career Day
MultiAPPRO stakeholder workshop was held on May 16, 2018 within the Career Days
of the Faculty of Maritime Studies in Rijeka.
Career days attracted numerous exhibitors such as: logistic operators, port
authorities, railway operators, police, maritime agencies, etc.
KIP took this opportunity to present the MultiAPPRO project and get in
touch with the stakeholders of intermodal transport and briefly explain the
principle how to fill the questionnaire for the collection of bottlenecks in
KIP participated in the Career Day of the Faculty of Maritime Studies in Rijeka!
Intermodal Transport Cluster participated in the Career Day of the Faculty of
Maritime Studies in Rijeka
Over 70 exhibitors, including KIP, participated in the 5th Career Day of
the Faculty of Maritime Studies in Rijeka. Many companies, institutions,
agencies and associations from Rijeka and the wider region of Rijeka presented
themselves at stands in the faculty area. An exceptionally large number of
students were interested in the event, and asked numerous questions to the
CHARGE project has officially started with implementation
08.05.2018 project CHARGE - Capitalization and
Harmonization of the Adriatic Region Gate of Europe has officially been kicked
Kick off meeting which marked the official launch
of the project was hosted by the Venice Port Authority and opened by Mr Pino Musolino, President of the North Adriatic
Sea Port Authority.
CHARGE capitalises the gained results of CARICA
project, aiming at promoting efficient and sustainable investments for
infrastructural development of ports and logistics centers, through development
of integrated action plans and financial roadmaps based on forecasted traffic
The project is funded by the Interreg
Italy-Croatia program, and the total budget is 965 615 EUR. The partnership is
Rete Autostrade Mediterranee,
Central Adriatic Ports Authority,
Adriatic Sea Port Authority,
Intermodal Transport Cluster,
Sea Port Authority,
Port of Ploče Authority,
Port of Split Authority,
the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of Croatia.
MultiAPPRO project successfully kicked off!
On April 5, 2018, project MultiAPPRO has officially been kicked off.Kick off meeting which marked the official launch of the project was opened by Mr Anđelko Petrinić, Assistant Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure in Croatia and Mr. Marijan Cukrov, Director of the Intermodal Transport Cluster. Other project partners of the project are:
Port of Ploce Authority,
National Technical University in Athens,
Piraeus Port Authority,
RAM- Autostrade Mediterranee Spa,
Ministry of Infrastructure of Slovenia,
Port of Bar,
Institute of Transport from Albania.
The overall objective of the project is the development of intermodal transport in Adriatic-Ionian region.
MultiAPPRO project is co-funded under the Interreg ADRION transnational programme.
A cross-border consortium committed to the innovation of intermodal transport with the Interreg Italy-Croatia TRANSPOGOOD project
A cross-border consortium committed to the innovation of intermodal transport with the Interreg Italy-Croatia TRANSPOGOOD project.
Hosted by the MIB Business School in Trieste, TRANSPOGOOD partners worked together on Thursday 29 March for the second project meeting. TRANSPOGOOD aims to capitalize on innovation supported by the new ICT technologies applied to the system of intermodality, inspired by previous experiences developed by European territorial cooperation in this field.
In fact, the logistics and transport sector is experiencing unprecedented changes that require innovative, eco-sustainable and efficient solutions. For this reason, during the meeting the partners discussed the state of play and the next steps to be taken to develop the IT platform that supports efficiency and innovation of intermodal transport, the real added value of the project.
The project is funded by the Interreg Italy-Croatia program and the representative of the Joint Secretariat of the Zadar office, Hrvoje Grancarić took part in the meeting to share the news of the program and the aspects related to project management. The partnership is made of KIP (intermodal transport cluster- lead partner) in Rijeka, CFLI, Elevante, Unioncamere Veneto, the port authorities of Ploce and Zadar, the special development agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Chieti and the development agency of the Istria region .
TRANSPOGOOD meeting in Trieste
After the successful start of the TRANSPOGOOD project and kick-off meeting held in Rijeka on January 30, project partners will meet in Trieste on March 29 in order to continue their furitful cooperation and pursue of project objectives.
Partner involved in the project are:
INTERMODAL TRANSPORT CLUSTER - KIP
INTERMODAL LOGISTICS TRAINING CONSORTIUM - CFLI
ISTRIAN DEVELOPMENT AGENCY – IDA LTD
REGIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE OF VENETO REGION
AGENZIA DI SVILUPPO, SPECIAL AGENCY OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF CHIETI
ELEVANTE TRADING & CONSULTING S.R.L.
PORT OF ZADAR AUTHORITY
PORT OF PLOČE AUTHORITY
On this meeting Steering Committee will vote for Risk Management Plan and Workplan.
Also, several presentation will be held by different members in attendance.
Transnational training in Bruxelles
Transnational training - "Enhancing planning capacities of passenger transport system in Central Europe" was held on 13th of February 2018 at Bruxelles, hosted by Presidency of Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, Department for international relations and strategic infrastructures.
The main goal of this training is to raise awareness and increase knowledge of main stakeholders on the transnational tools elaborated in the project.
The first objective is to raise their awareness on the pilot actions, especially those directly aimed to the public end-users. The communication approaches chosen to reach them are widespread media coverage (through press releases and press conferences) of the project's activities as well as the systematic update of the website and use of social media, assuring the widest possible dissemination of information.
Once the awareness has been raised and the technical knowledge about the strategies has been increased, public mobility planners/PT operators, research institutions as well as EU-level institutional stakeholders will be influenced as to streamline them in their local/EU policies and scientific activities.
TRANSPOGOOD project officially kicked off!
TRANSPOGOOD (TRANSPORT of GOODS PLATFORM) project has officially been kicked off on January 30 in Rijeka where it was hosted by Intermodal Transport Cluster as a lead partner of the project. Fifteen attendees from 8 partner organisations have gathered to join forces and reach ambitious TRANSPOGOOD project objectives. Project has started on the right foot by setting up Project Steering Committee and defining the initial steps of the project implementation and internal rules. TRANSPOGOOD project is funded from the Italy-Croatia CBC programme and will develop through the capitalization of the main results of INTERMODADRIA IPA project an innovative approach towards intermodal and multimodal transport on the Adriatic sea using a complex and coherent set of tools that enable key logistics stakeholders (shippers, logistic providers, transport operators and authorities) to achieve the following main outputs: • Innovative ICT tool (TRANSPOGOOD platform) to find the best solution of transport services (e.g., best price of combined transport, lower emissions of entire chain, eprocurement tools for maritime transport services, higher bi-directional load factor); • Profile calculator solutions to monitor logistics and environmental performances demonstrating concrete benefits in transport and logistics implementations, involving cargo flows and operational processes from the point of view of public authorities, e.g., port authorities, and private intermodal transport operators; • Guidelines and requirements for migrating to the TRANSPOGOOD platform from current systems and architectures, shared and consistent with the capitalised INTERMODADRIA project and with the past initiatives carried out on European level with which TRANSPOGOOD project creates important synergies. Expected results of the project contribute to improve the quality, safety and environmental sustainability of marine and coastal transport by means of multimodal approaches in the Programme area by promoting multimodality and an increase of more sustainable modes of transport.
TRANSPOGOOD in numbers: No. of Project Partners: 8 (Croatia: Intermodal Transport Cluster, Istrian Development Agency Ltd., Port of Ploče Authority, Port of Zadar Authority ; Italy: Intermodal Logistic Training Consortium-IT, Elevante Trading and Consulting s.r.l., Regional Association of Chambers of Commerce of Veneto Region, Special Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Chieti) Overall budget in EUR: 1.170.990,00 ERDF in EUR: 995.341,50 Duration in months: 18 (1.1.2018.-30.6.2019.)
CONNECT2CE 2nd Steering Committee Meeting (Berlin, 29-30 November 2017)
By now, it is quite clear that most of the Central Europe’s population lives in big cities, more accurately, urban areas, whereas rural and peripheral areas are having lower density and are becoming less and less populated. To tackle that weak accessibility of rural and peripheral areas of Central Europe to and from main transport networks and hubs, where most of the workday life is concentrated, CONNECT2CE partners gathered for the second time to discuss work being done. 2nd Steering Committee was held in Berlin in the premises of the PP13 Verkehrsver bund Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (VBB) and it took place from 29-30 November 2017.
Partners have discussed the state-of-the-art of the project according to the work packages and gave an outlook on the next steps.
Most of the work has been concentrated on the involvement of stakeholders and their demands. In that way partners will accomplish enhanced regional cooperation among key authorities and endow project regions with the instruments that are necessary for improving the accessibility of peripheral and cross-border areas and its citizens to the main regional/national networks.
Since Veneto Region during 2016 was subject to a complex re-organization reform which redistributed competences among different offices, Sistemi territoriali s.p.a. joined the partnership thus replacing Veneto Region within CONNECT2CE partnership.
Finally, partners have agreed on the date for next meetings and deadline for further activities.
International Multidisciplinary Conference on Sea, Transport and Logistics 2017 - CONNECT2CE presented
KIP’s Cluster manager, Mrs Tanja Vujnović Kereš presented CONNECT2CE project with all its objectives and goals, on three-day International Multidisciplinary Conference on Sea, Transport and Logistics 2017 that was held in Opatija from 20-22 November 2017. Event was Co-organized by the Port Authority of Rijeka and the Faculty of Maritime Studies in Rijeka, under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar Kitarović. Distinguished representatives from the economy, the academic community and maritime affairs discussed the positioning of the port of Rijeka as one of the key points of the Adriatic-Baltic transport corridor. The conference focused on showcasing new options for the Port of Rijeka and its prominent position within the Adriatic-Baltic Corridor. The scholars and businesspersons that have been invited to Opatija will discussed the potential of this maritime transport route and its advantages compared to other traffic routes.
Special emphasis has been placed on strengthening the competitiveness of the Adriatic-Baltic Corridor through the cooperation of the northern Adriatic ports. The participants were introduced to 16 selected scientific papers, divided into three sections, where they the ability to get acquainted with successful projects on regional cooperation with the aim of developing the region. More about conference can be found HERE.
2nd International Summit Green Shipping 2017
On 16 Oct 2017 Green Shipping Summit is going to be a one day event. 2nd International Green Shipping Summit will be arranged at the Hilton hotel in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Participants will gain the most recent updates and exact data concerning Transportation, Shipping, Green Ship and Green Transportation cases. The organiser of the Green Shipping Summit 2017, 2nd International Green Shipping Summit is Wisdom Events. The International Green Shipping Summit is an outstanding business platform uniting the international collective of major shipowners, shipbuilding companies, shipyards, ports, associations and maritime service providers! This is the opportunity for key shipping industry players to gather in one place, discuss the most innovative and sustainable solutions in order to make the maritime future as environmentally friendly as possible.
The European Shortsea Network is an association made up of 28 European countries with their main objective being that of promoting shortsea shipping in Europe.
This network is recognised by the Directorate General of Mobility and Transport of the European Commission whose mission includes the promotion of transport through shortsea shipping. The European Commission acknowledges that transport by sea has the lowest carbon emission and thus is the most environmentally friendly.
Shortsea shipping has the potential for much higher volumes of transport but unfortunately the system of transport by sea has to face a number of challenges or bottlenecks which interfere with the smooth transit of the cargo and add to the transport costs. For this reason, the shortsea promotion centres met in Malta to discuss these matters and to try and propose solutions after consultation with the industry and appropriate analytical assessments.
The presidency of the European Shortsea Network is currently held by Malta which also hosts the official registration of the European Shortsea Network as a legal entity.
The European Shortsea Network is today formally registered in Malta with the Commission for Voluntary Organisations thereby having a legal personality which permits it to participate also in EU tenders.
Project Implementation Training
On June 19-20 2017 project implementation training (PIT) provided project management teams with technical support and advice on how to better implement projects. Tips and hints on how to prepare audit trails and progress reports were provided. Moreover, harmonised project branding and explanation on how to work with design templates and project websites were presented.
CONNECT2CE Kick - off meeting
The Kick-off meeting of the CONNECT2CE project took place at the premises of the CEI Executive Secretariat, Project Lead Partner on 13-14 June 2017.
CONNECT2CE is funded under the INTERREG CENTRAL EUROPE Programme with an overall budget of about 2.7 million EUR and it aims to improve public transport system planning capacities of policy makers, thus enhance territorial cohesion of Central Europe through better accessibility of peripheral and cross-border areas to/from the main regional, national and EU transport networks and hubs.
Consortium composed of 25 institutions (both project and associated partners) will be led by CEI , representing eight countries: Italy, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany and Poland. The project will focus on relevant topics in the field of mobility and accessibility, which cannot but be tackled through effective transnational cooperation: these will include the improvement of regional and cross-border railway and public transport connections, the implementation of multimodal integrated ticketing and tariff schemes, as well as the implementation of info mobility ICT solutions.
During the Kick-off meeting, partners officially launched the implementation of project activities and discussed the procedures and actions to be put into place in the time ahead.
Improved rail connections and smart mobility in Central Europe - CONNECT2CE project started
CONNECT2CE aims at tackling the weak accessibility of regional, peripheral and cross-border areas of Central Europe to/from the main regional/national/EU transport networks and hubs, caused by the long lasting phenomenon of urbanisation.
CONNECT2CE will do so by elaborating harmonised and coordinated transnational strategies, action plans and tools to be mainstreamed and implemented at regional and cross border level through pilot actions, in three areas all connected and intertwined with one another and all being essential elements that contribute to the enhancement of PT services of peripheral/cross-border regions:
Connectivity (PSOs/PSCs, harmonisation of multimodal timetables, regional and cross-border rail services)
Integrated ticketing and tariff schemes (integration of regional and cross border multimodal tickets will be tested and implemented for the first time),
Implementation of the most efficient and innovative ICT tools on info-mobility
These outputs will be developed at transnational level, as common solutions to common problems. This approach will be applied throughout the duration of the project, by the active participation of all project partners in all work packages applying the elaborated territorial strategies and action plans at local, regional and cross-border level, thereby combining transport and territorial development.
The project runs from 1st June 2017 until 31st May 2020 and has a total budget of almost 2.7 million EUR.
4th Carrer Day at Faculty of Maritime Studies in Rijeka
Maritime faculty in Rijeka was host of the 4th Carrer Day. Carrer Day was opened by mr Anđlko Petrinić, assistant to the Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, also a former student of the previously mentioned faculty.
Students visited stalls in large numbers and inquired about job opportunities. Some companies even took resumes and offered application forms for the job.
In the afternoon several companies held separate presentations: Zorovic, Thorm, Croatian Employment Service, Adriahydrofoil, Intermodal Transport Cluster and DSV Croatia.
Cluster Go International call opened!
The main objective
of the action is to intensify cluster and business network collaboration across
European countries and also across
and to support the establishment of European Strategic Cluster
Partnerships-Going International (ESCP-4i) to lead international cluster cooperation
in fields of strategic interest towards third countries beyond Europe and
notably in support of the development of emerging industries.
The action will be
implemented by consortia of cluster organisations or business network
organisations operating in COSME participating countries that are
establishing and running a ESCP-4i partnership.
If you want to
develop a proposal and you are looking for partners to apply or you are looking
to join a consortium active in the same domain as you, it is recommended to use
ECCP’s Partner Search tool.
More information and details about the call are
CAPTAIN project finalized
CAPTAIN project, the project that answers to the common need to improve accessibility and mobility across Adriatic Ionian (AI) area and its hinterland, through the development of sustainable, safe, cross-border, integrated transport services and the improvement of infrastructures has come to its conclusion.
Goala of the project were reached by capitalizing EASEWAY, Adrimob and AdriaticMos projects.
Intermodal Transport Cluster supports development of a complete intermodal transport system through common activities providing a link between economic sector and statebodies. KIP aims to increase participation of intermodal transport in Croatian transport system and provides information and help with EU project preparation to transport stakeholders.
As a part of the CAPTAIN project Intermodal Transport Cluster collaborated on implementation of best practices and models implemented in AdraticMos. AdriaticMos project was under IPA Adriatic CBC Programme 2007-2013 programme. The Adriatic MoS Project contributed to the development of the MoS in the Adriatic area as a core segment of the transport system of the eastern Mediterranean through the creation, elaboration and development of the Adriatic MoS Masterplan (on the base of the East Med MoS Materplan 2005-GR-90701. In CAPTAIN project Intermodal Transport Cluster (KIP) actively contributed to the analysis of existing practices of port authorities and to the identification of weak links and bottlenecks of present practice in clearance processing as a precondition of further developments.
Moreover, KIP carried out a feasibility study for the infrastructural development of the Port of Split. As a result of the interventions bottlenecks and missing links for freight and passenger transport from ports to hinterland were overcomed.
CAPTAIN Project - Final Conference
CAPTAIN project answers to the common need to improve accessibility and mobility across Adriatic Ionian (AI) area and its hinterland, through the development of sustainable, safe, cross-border, integrated transport services and the improvement of infrastructures. As a part of the CAPTAIN project, Lead Partner Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia organized a final conference and workshop. Event took place at Wensday, November 16th at NH Hotel, Trieste. KIP participated on final workshop and final conference and info day with the aim of promoting intermodality and Short Sea Shipping as a sustainable and environmentally friendly mode of transport with focus on passenger mobility in Adriatic Ionian region.
On September 15th 2016 partners of the CAPTAIN project met for a coordination meeting and an MIDTERM event, hosted by Intermodal Transport Cluster.
Moreover, as a host of the event, Intermodal Transport Cluster took the chance to present new Italy – Croatia programme.
Lead Partner of the project, Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia, illustrated the work implemented by the subgroup on transport for EUSAIR Pillar 2 “Connecting the Region” and the status of the Adriatic-Ionian Maritime Passenger Transport Observatory.
The partner Port of Bar Holding Company presented Development of the Passenger terminal in Port of Bar.
Representatives of Intermodal Transport Cluster presented Port Emergency Management, Professional “Green Logistics” Personnel Training and Staff Specialization in Maritime Sector, Real Time Ports User’s Information’s related to the port infrastructure – Port of Split project proposals.
Mr Davor Kalinić presented his thoughts on Development of intermodal transport on corridor Port of Rijeka – Hungary/Central Europe.
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Maritime studies and transport made a Focus on passengers’ transport on the way to a more sustainable connection of the Adriatic-Ionian region.
The meeting was a great success due to connection of potential partners from Programme area and their definition of project proposals which will be applied within upcoming Calls of mentioned Programme.
Midterm Event - Italija_Hrvatska New project possibilities, Semtember 15th 2016
Intermodal Transport Cluster, in collaboration with other CAPTAIN project partners, is organizing an event in Rijeka to to raise awareness of the territory on the Adriatic Ionian Macro-region strategy (EUSAIR) and to explain how CAPTAIN intends to capitalize on the results of AdriaticMoS projects, EA SEA -WAY, ADRIMOB and TISAR already financed by the IPA Adriatic cross-border Cooperation Programme.
Furthermore, as part of Italy – Croatia programme, Intermodal Transport Cluster is organizing Midterm event – Italy_Croatia New project possibilities meeting, in order to present new Programme Calls which will be open as part of the Italy-Croatia CBC Programme 2014-2020.
The meeting will be held on Semtember 15th 2016, on Faculty of Maritime Studies, Studentska 2, Rijeka, Croatia, starting at 14:15.
The meeting is an excellent opportunity to connect potential partners from Programme area and to define their project proposals which can be applied within upcoming Calls of mentioned Programmes.
Launching Conference of the IPA Adriatic 2007-2013 project `CAPTAIN` and info day on EUSAIR strategy
Trieste, July 15th 2016.
The Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Informest respectively Lead Partner and partners of the CAPTAIN project, organized in Trieste a public event for the official start of the project to raise awareness of the territory on the Adriatic Ionian Macro-region strategy (EUSAIR) and explain as CAPTAIN intends to capitalize on the results of AdriaticMoS projects, EA SEA -WAY, ADRIMOB and TISAR already financed by the IPA Adriatic cross-border Cooperation Programme.
TEN-T Days 2016 : Europa Ship Plan in the Detailed Implementation Plan of Motorways of the Sea
From the 20th until the 22nd of June 2016, the TEN-T Days were held in Rotterdam. During those days, the key policy axes of the trans-European networks where discussed, among which is the Motorways of the Sea.
Many important people participated to the TEN-T Days as speakers, such as Mrs. Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport, the President of the European Investment Bank Mr. Werner Hoyer and Vice President of the European Commission Mr. Maroš Šefčovič.
In a special session held for the presentation of the Detailed Implementation Plan of the Motorways of the Sea, Mr. Manuel Grimaldi, CEO-Grimaldi, Mr. Niclas Mårtensson, Deputy CEO-Stena , Mr. Paolo Costa, CEO-Port of Venice and the President of the Short-Sea Ship-owners Association, Mr. Charalampos Simantonis and the CEO of Europa Venture Mr. Panagiotis Zacharioudakis participated as main speakers in the section of shipping partners
In the DIP, there are extensive references to HSSA, Europa Venture and to the President of the HSSA for his personal involvement in all the preparatory processes for the finalization of the Plan, involving national authorities, associations and private organizations from all over Europe such as ECSA, Grimaldi etc., making the integration of Europa Ship Plan a Greek success.
In particular, under the Axis "Environment" and under the objective of reducing air pollutants from ships, the Detailed Implementation Plan makes reference to the ESP as “an attractive solution forward as it is in parallel revitalizing the European shipbuilding and ship equipment manufacture industry”.
Furthermore, it is stated in the DIP that:
The main challenge in the ship building process of a vessel that can use LNG as fuel is the cost, which is increased by 25% compared to a ship which does not have the corresponding technology. On an EU level, the average age of vessels operating in Short Sea is 20 years, while the corresponding age for the Southern vessels is higher reaching the 25 years. Considering this, the retrofitting option becomes a non-feasible one for the vast majority of the fleet and “the implementation of ESP in the Short Sea Fleet of South Europe through the shipbuilding of new innovative green vessels seems as the optimum and only possible solution.” Furthermore, “Although a renewal plan for south Short Sea Shipping is a first priority, the southern attempt for green compliance gives equal importance to the retrofit / re-engine of vessels and the installation of environmental equipment onboard vessels, therefore providing a complete solution”
Regarding Europa Venture, the special purpose vehicle, created for the implementation of Europa Ship Plan, the DIP mentions that: “Considering this emerging needs currently prevailing, EV, provides invaluable financial support to these companies for their smooth adoption of the upcoming European legislation initiating in 2018 with the reporting of annual emissions of large vessels using every EU port and the implementation of the goals towards climate change in 2020. The innovative approach of EV, focuses on obtaining the best quotation for shipbuilding or ship retrofitting of vessels in EU shipyards, using EU equipment”.
Mr. Simantonis in his speech expressed his satisfaction regarding the inclusion of the Greek proposal in the DIP. He stated that this proposal constitutes a European sustainable solution to the prolonged exclusion of the shipping sector from the necessary financial funds.
The renewal of the SSS fleet has been for decades a timeless proposal of HSSA, so as the Hellenic SSS fleet to enhance its presence in EU level, while at the same time this could serve not only economic targets but national as well. Today for the first time EU recognizes fleet ageing as an obstacle for the development of SSS and as such formulate appropriate strategies.
Mr. Zacharioudakis, in his intervention, referred to the special financing needs of the SSS and the specific characteristics of Greece as an insular country.
Mr. Vasilis Terzis, Vice President of the HSSA and Mr. Dimitris Spiridakis BoD member also participated in this event.