Green Shipping Summit 2017 is an event that will tackle the most burning maritime issues, as well as the latest on market trends, innovations & technologies, together with the newest green developments in the shipbuilding industry.
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!
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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.
Novi Sad, June, Conference: `Opportunities for the development of logistics potential of South Eastern Europe and available financing sources`
Intermodal Transport Cluster participated in a conference held in Novi Sad as part of the "Network of transport and logistics centers of South East Europe" project (SENT), financed by the START Danube project Fund.
The conference was held in the premises of Chamber of Commerce. Many partners form Serbia and Croatia participated. Day after the conference, the workshop was organized which was joined by partners from the Institute for Transport Policy and Economy of Hungary.
Presentations on possible logistic potentials of Southeast Europe, and funding possibilities were held by a number of professors from the Faculty of Engineering and Technical Sciences of Novi Sad, EU info office Serbia, representative of the Ministry of Transport of Serbia and other participants from transport activities. The conference was opened by Mr Milan Vučinić, director of Transport and Logistics Cluster of Vojvodina with the welcome speech. Furthermore, Mr Vučinić presented the work of Transport and Logistics Cluster of Vojvodina and in his speech stressed the importance of creating a network of logistics centers whose implementation represents potential for cooperation of neighboring countries in South – Eastern Europe and Danube Region and better inclusion of Danube region in the transport network of the European Union.
Activities of the Ministry of Transport, whoose priority is to emphasizes the use of intermodal transport, was presented by Ms.Trifunović. She pointed out two main regulations that the Ministry implemented in terms of intermodal transport: Regulation on the development of combined transport and the Decree on incentives.
EU INFO POINT office in Serbia was presented by Ms Pupovac and pointed out the basic activities of this body in Serbia. Following the presentation of Ms Pupovac, Mr Dražen Žgaljić held and presentation on the programs and projects of the European Union of which it is possible to finance transport and trade activities. Risk management in traffic presentation was held by Mr Dragan Jovanovic who emphasized risk management as a way to reduce costs and investments. His presentation ended with a message to the audience: "Participants in traffic make mistakes, but mistakes should be reduced to a minimum."
Ms.Mirjana Kranjac presented the results of the START project stressing previously made questionnaires and SWOT analysis.
A representative of the Union of Railway from Zagreb, Mr Ante Klečina gave a presentation on the possibilities of connecting logistics centers of Croatia and Serbia stressing the importance of useing network trains (shuttle trains), the policy of industrial siding building and RO-LA transport technology.
The final presentation was given by Mr Vučinić with a focus on reducing transport costs which is achieved with the construction of logistics centers and the example of the municipality of Apatin and logistic center Kikinda as positive examples.
News from the Shortsea Shipping world
Modal shift demanded by Norwegian parliament
Norwegian Parliament, wants to strengthen short sea shipping, to shift freight from road to sea and rail, to stimulate shippers to choose maritime transport and to see logistic hubs in a larger context.
The decision is supported by the ruling Conservative Party and Progress Party and all other parties in the Parliament.
Shortsea Schedules is a joint service offered by the European Shortsea Network. It is managed by the Shortsea Promotion Service of Norway.
New release of Shortsea Schedules offers:
Search for services from address to address (see example)
• Search for services from port to port (see example)
• Transhipments from one service to another is included in the search results. If you click on one port than directly connected ports are shown with red icon and transhipments are show with grey icon, etc.
If you're transporting to Norway - here is another good news. You can now reach West and North Norway via rail and ship. NCL is epanding its service!
Recently it was announced that DistriRail started train shipment from Moerdijk, a hub for freight transport in the southern Netherlands, to Duisburg in the western part of the Ruhr area in Germany. Duisburg is hub for further rail freight. From there trains arrive from several destinations.
The new railway line is linked to the A2B-online shipping line, but also to NCL, serving Moerdijk several times per week from Norway.
Call to increase the development of new products and services resulting from research and development activities
The goal of the call is to assign the state grant aid for research and development activities of the business sector in order to develop new products, services, technologies and improve business processes and increase their cooperation with scientific research institutions. Target group is the entire business sector, especially micro, small, medium and large enterprises. Partnership in the project will be demonstrated with the Partnership Agreement between Users and Partners. There is a total of 748 million HRK (cca.100 million EUR) on disposal. The call is in line with the Strategy of smart specialization RH and five thematic and thirteen sub-thematic priority areas. Each project under this Call is focused on development of new products and services, and must, in accordance with the above-mentioned specialization, include one or more of the thematic priority areas: 1 Health and Quality of Life (pharmaceuticals, bio-pharmaceuticals and medical equipment and devices production; medical services and new methods of preventive medicine and diagnostics, nutrition) 2 Energy and Sustainable Environment (energy technology, systems and equipment; environmental friendly technology, equipment and new materials) 3 Transport and mobility (parts and system production with high added value for road and railway vehicles, environmental friendly transport solutions, intelligent transport systems and logistics) 4 Security (cyber security, defense technology and dual-use products; Mine Action) 5 Food and bio-economy (sustainable food production and processing; sustainable production and wood processing) Eligible activities are research and development activities (own research and development activities, collaborative research, etc.) and activities of initial investments in tangible and intangible assets in order to strengthen the capacity for research and development. The period of the project is more than 48 months after start of implementation, but no later than June 30, 2023 (whichever occurs first). The project must commence no later than the date of entry of the Treaty of the grant (hereinafter: Contract) into force. The call is open to the use of funds or at the latest by December 31, 2019. More information can be found here.
Did you know? - Informative new video series from the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping
Communication Departement from the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping Barcelona, made a brief thematic videos with aim to cover the main topics and issues related to intermodal logistics and short-sea shipping connections in Europe. Videos will be created on a monthly basis, with aim to disseminate useful information related to intermodal logistics and short-sea shipping connections. Intermodal transport cluster will periodically publish the most interesting videos.
Rijeka, January 2016: Project Fair / Brainstorming meeting
Intermodal Transport Cluster organised an Project Fair / Brainstorming Meeting about project proposals relevant for New Funding Opportunities Within the European Programmes. The meeting was organized in order to present new Programme Calls which will be open as part of the Adriatic Ionian Programme 2014-2020 and Italy-Croatia CBC Programme 2014-2020, and Danube Region Strategy Project Fund.
It was a Kick-Off meeting of SENT project, financed under Danube Region Project Fund. The conference was held in the City Hall of the City of Rijeka, Korzo 16, Rijeka, Croatia, from 08:30 to 15:00. The meeting was designed as an opportunity for encouter between businesses and entities that are capable for development of projects. The aim of the meeting was to encourage cooperation among entities that may lead to material changes. The aim of the meeting was to present future project proposals and to encourage cooperation among entities that may lead to material changes. Main objective of the meeting was to inform and connect all the potentional partners from Programme area (Port Authorities, Universities, Research Institutes, private and public companies, etc.) and the other interested parties to submit proposals on mentioned Programmes. The meeting was constituded on two main sessions: •Presentation of EU Programs/Calls •Presentation of project proposals The meeting was an complete success due to excellent turnout of potential partners from Programme area and their definition common approach to project proposals which will be applied on upcoming Calls of mentioned Programmes. First part of all project proposals presented at the meeting can be found here. Second part here.
We are only six days away from the event…
Draft agenda and Power Point template are available now.
Project Fair / Brainstorming Meeting is unique event where parts of Interreg programmes ADRION and Italy-Croatia related to transport will be presented followed by presentation of project ideas/proposals.
After these introductory presentations, participants will present their project ideas for a brainstorming, fine tuning and puzzling perfect partnership.
We would like to take this opportunity and encourage you to prepare and present project proposals, and take advantage of this opportunity to connect with potential future partners in the program area. Power Point template to be used for a presentation can be found here.
The meeting will be held on 28 January 2016, starting at 8:30 am in the City Hall of the City of Rijeka, Korzo 16, Rijeka, Croatia.
The unique place where good ideas are transferring into winning proposals!
NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE EUROPEAN PROGRAMME - `Adriatic Ionian Programme 2014-2020 and Italy-Croatia CBC Programme 2014-2020
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European Short Sea Conference; September 29-30, 2016
Port de Barcelona will be the host of the next year’s European Short Sea Conference which will be held September 29-30, 2016. It will be the first time that the most important event in the field of short sea shipping will take place in Spain.
The conference will be organized by Spanish Shortsea Promotion Centre (SPC -Spain), with support of Port de Barcelona,
Grimaldi Lines, Grandi Navi Veloci, Flota Suardíaz and Neptune Lines.
Chieti, December 10 - Conference: New funding opportunities of the European program `Italy-Croatia` - Cross Border Cooperation 2014-2020
On December 10, in the town of Chieti, Italy, Intermodal Transport Cluster have participated in the conference: New funding opportunities from the European Programme Italy-Croatia - Cross-border cooperation 2014-2020. ASPO - special association of port Ortona and Vasto and Chieti Chamber of Commerce organized, with technical support of Elevant Trading & Consulting srl and Balcani Hub, conference that was dedicated to new opportunities for cooperation between Italy and Croatia in the transport sector, as part of the European program Italy-Croatia - Cross-border cooperation 2014-2020.
The conference was held in Chieti in the "Sala Cascella" (Chamber of Commerce of Chieti) in Piazza GB Vico 3, from 10:00 to 15:00. The meeting was designed as an opportunity for encouter between businesses and entities that are capable for development of projects. The aim of the meeting was to encourage cooperation among entities that may lead to material changes.
At 10:00, after a greeting from the President of the Chamber of Chieti, Roberto di Vincenzo and President of ASPO's, Mario Miccoli, a prelude to the meeting was presented by Maurizio Cociancich from Elevant srl, an Italian company with a strong consulting experience in logistics and transport for the private and public sector. The company also provides technical assistance to companies in the development of project ideas and their formalization in different programs (calls) for funding.
Speaker John Marcantonio Director of Balcan Hub, presented the initial guidance of new service information that is provided by Chamber of Chieti, Abruzzo, for SMEs that want to internationalize the Balkans. Furthermore, Lorenzo Liguoro, assistant professor at the University of Padova, mentioned the general characteristics of the new program "Italy - Croatia". Task of Intermodal Transport Cluster was to present our to date work, implemented projects and some new Project Propossala for the "Italy-Croatia" Programme.
To foster growth and new ideas, in the afternoon, a round table was organized with relevant stakeholders (Italian and Croatian port authorities, organizations and institutions, private operators...).
Enhanced rail services - Norway-Europe
Samskip, besides established weekly sailings to nine different ports in Norway, now also connect Norway with Europe through daily rail departures ex Duisburg, Germany.
The 140.000 square meters state-of-the-art Samskip Multimodal Rail Terminal in Duisburg already handles a substantial number of rail shuttles to and from Scandinavia. 42 departures a week facilitate fast transits (A-C) from the Duisburg region via Sweden into Norway, based on our fully-controlled rail network.
By using large fleet of 45 ft containers, 13.6 m (Mega) trailers and reefers, fast connections can be made from here, by road to Germany and Benelux. France and Spain, as well as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy and Turkey are connected by rail and shortsea.
Besides door-door services, Samskip's terminal-to-terminal services offer customers the possibility to access Samskip's extensive shipping network using their own equipment. The multimodal service allow cargo to be transported in a sustainable manner, while guaranteeing a fast lead time, high payload, and cost-efficient pricing. For more information, go here.
Reach all of Norway by ship and train
The offered service is an intermodal solution with ships and trains in cooperation between Grenland Havn, NorthSea Terminal (DFDS terminal in Brevik), CargoNet (train operator) and DFDS Seaways. A direct rail link between Bergen, Brevik and Oslo is connected with DFDS's shipping services from Belgium and England. In Oslo cargo can be transhipped to other trains to Stavanger, Trondheim and Northern Norway. And vice versa.
CargoNet offers high reliability with 92% of trains arriving within 15 minutes. The trains and ships transport trailers, containers and swap bodies of up to 45 feet.
Door-to-door service is offered and cargo units are returned to agreed locations.
Cargo can be loaded in Immingham on Sunday morning and be in Oslo on Monday night, in Bergen on Tuesday morning and the rest of the country on Wednesday. Alternatively, cargo can be loaded in Immingham on Wednesday morning and it may be in Oslo on Friday morning, in Bergen on Saturday morning and the rest of the country over the weekend.
Similarly, cargo from Ghent in Belgium can be loaded on Friday night and be in Oslo on Monday night, in Bergen on Tuesday morning and the rest of the country on Wednesday.
New ways for shippers
Winston Churchill famously said that "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, while an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty".
In multimodal solutions involving sea, rail and/or river transport, volumes are important to achieve economy of scale and high shipping frequency. Larger transport units can be used and payloads can be increased by combining volumes. Shippers benefit from knowledge sharing.
The Dutch shipper collaboration, called NewWays, was initiated by five shippers, among them Samsung. More shippers have joined and three corridors have been explored: Between the Netherlands, Hungry, Turkey and Spain.
NewWays is initiated by the regional (neighbour) development agencies BOM, Midpoint and REWIN and the university of applied sciences NHTV. These parties still run the project.
Samsung and SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation) have coordinated their two-directional transport volumes between the Netherlands, Hungary and Slovenia. Partners agreed to share train services and containers, that will led to better service levels and higher container load factors in both directions. Also the pre- and on-carriage was coordinated with the same truck delivering full containers to the delivery address, where an empty container is picked up for delivery to a collection address, where a full container is picked up and delivered to the terminal. All with the same truck in a coordinated triangular route.
To obtain the collaborative gains, confidentiality must be achieved, road transport cultures must be changed, new equipment must be used, multiple pick-up and delivery must be coordinated, cargo ramp slot times must be adjusted, cargo storage capacities may need to be changed, lead time requirements must be adapted and shipping frequencies and week days must be coordinated.
Shippers can benefit from even better economies of scale and improved service levels by extending the collaboration further. More shippers with more volumes can be added and new corridors can be explored.
Shortsea Promotion Centre of Norway, and a number of other representatives from other countries, will meet this week with the Dutch facilitators to discuss how the Dutch network can be extended to a European level to add more shippers, to include more corridors and to increase volumes.
If you are a shipper and you want to participate or if you have ideas related to this, go to this site.
Registrations for Smart Cities and Communities (SCC)
Registrations for already announced information day on Smart Cities and Communities (SCC) are open. They will take place on November 6th in Bruxelles. Topics of the SCC work program for Safe, clean and efficient energy 2016/2017 will be presented. Participation is free, and you can sign up HERE.
Info Day, November 5th 2015
Information day on a new work program for Smart, Green and Integrated transport 2016/2017 will be held on November 5th 2015, and due to it's occupancy, registrations are closed. The event will be able to watch online, and will be available via the following link. Participants of the brokerage event, that will be held as a part of the info day on Smart, green and integrated transport 2016/2017, as well as their profile and expertise, can be found HERE.
Competitions in the field of smart, green and integrated transport, October 15th 2015
Competitions in the field of smart, green and integrated transport:
On October 15th 2015 the first contests of the new work program for traffic will be opened. This will open a total of twenty themes of the contest Moblity for Growth, of which 11 will have a two-stage (deadline for the first phase is January 20th 2016), while the remaining nine topics have one phase and the application deadline is January 26th 2016. More information can be found at the Participant portal.
Furthermore, on the same date, October 15th 2015, four new topics of the Automated Road Transport contest will be opened, of which three topics are two-staged (deadline for the first phase is also January 20th 2016). One theme has one phase and the application deadline is January 26th 2016. More information on the Participant portal.
On October 15th 2015 Green Vehicles contest will open four new topics with deadline on January 26th 2016. More information can be found on the Participant Portal.