Between the 2nd and the 4th of December three TEN-T co-financed projects B2MoS (Business to Motorways of the Sea), AnNa (Advanced national Networks for Administrations Maritime Single Window) and WiderMoS (Wide Interoperability and new governance moDels for freight Exchange linking Regions through Multimodal maritime based cOrridorS) joined forces to present the results of almost three years of work in a Joint Final Event in Athens, Greece. 16 EU Members States (Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Germany, France, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom), more than 40 companies and close to 250 delegates gathered in the Greek capital to position Europe as the frontrunner in the global market for maritime digital transport and intermodal sustainable transport.
During the opening address, the EU Coordinator for the Motorways of the Sea (MoS) Brian Simpson praised the work done by all of the three projects over the past three years, and highlighted the importance of international collaboration in the field of intermodal transport and MoS. He insisted also that the work done should continue in the future, therewith improving EU trade, as 70% of exports of the EU is done by sea. Giorgos Barkatsas, Rear Admiral of the Greek Coast Guard, Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy further commended the efforts to alleviate the administrative burdens currently hindering maritime transport, and congratulated all partners in having contributed to the improvement of maritime safety, security, control, health and customs. Finally Captain Jose Laranjeira Anselmo, the Principal Administrator for the TEN-T Policy, DG-MOVE, closed the opening session by stressing the importance of the existing nine TEN-T corridors and the impressive feats accomplished by all actors collaborating in these projects in bringing these closer to the MoS.
Following the plenary session, the main results of B2MoS, ANnA and WiderMoS were presented. In these, the project coordinators explained what has been developed so far in the framework of the projects and summarised how businesses can benefit from the new developments. B2MoS Coordinator Eva Pérez (Valenciaport Foundation) highlighted some of the most prominent results of the project. These included the five studies on how to improve interoperability of crucial trade and transport documents; 14 quick-win solutions involving 37 prototypes and pilots; and 23 training seminars and 16 other communication events. The implementation of the said 14 quick-win solutions piloted in B2MoS will result in a striking Net Present Value of €72.87 million that will be generated over the next 10 years. Estimations show that for every Euro of TEN-T co-funding received, €27.05 of net benefits will be obtained once the B2MOS initiatives will be implemented.
On Friday the 4th of December during the plenary session chaired by Captain Fred van Wijnen from CESMA, Richard Morton, the secretary general from IPCSA emphasized the importance of the Port Community Systems (PCS) in the facilitation of trade and stressed the prominent role of PCS as the link between administrative and operational processes. Following late-morning parallel sessions on the projects, the concluding session chaired by Dimitris Spyrou, from the Piraeus Port Authority saw Mr. Jose Anselmo, DG-MOVE highlighting the importance of improving connections between ports, hinterlands and core network corridors and encouraged the partners of these projects and the conference attendees to continue searching for innovative solutions. Afterwards, Rutger Pol, Deputy Director for Maritime Affairs from the Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment; Roger Butturini, Chairman of the IMO Electronic Facilitation Committee; Gioconda Miele speaking on behalf of Enrico Pujia, Italian General Director of Ports, Maritime Transport and Inland Waterways; and Gerd Muysewinkel, DG-MOVE and João Carvalho from the Authority of Mobility and Transport of Portugal took the stage with final remarks.
The projects hope to contribute to the establishment of a European maritime space without barriers by facilitating and simplifying compliance with regulations, by promoting intermodal sustainable transport solutions that reinforce the MoS strategy, and by supporting system integration in PCS and Single Window developments. They also reflect the European efforts to boost the multimodal connections in order to increase the intra-Community trade through faster and less expensive transport systems.
For more information on the projects, you can consult their respective websites: