ICT, Maritime Digital Transport and Logistics – three TEN-T projects to present their results in Athens, Greece

Between the 2nd and the 4th of December three TEN-T co-financed projects will join 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) and more than 40 companies will get together to position Europe as the frontrunner in the global market for maritime digital transport and intermodal sustainable transport.

The three projects – B2MoS (Business to Motorways of the Sea) – AnNA (Advanced National Networks for Administrations) – and WiderMoS (Wide Interoperability and new governance moDels for freight Exchange linking Regions through Multimodal maritime based cOrridorS) will finish in December 2015. Over the past 3 years partners from the three projects have worked to improve the European Motorways of the Sea, standardise the Electronic Information Exchanges linked to maritime transport, and facilitate the general functioning of the TEN-T core network corridors. 16 Member states are represented by the three initiatives, therewith ensuring wide exposure across the European Union.

During the Joint Final Event, partners will present the current situation of Transport ICT in Europe, explain what has been developed so far in the framework of the three projects, summarise how businesses can benefit from the new developments, and predict what can be expected to come in the next 5 years. Perspectives from both national and European agencies will be given, and representatives from the EU, INEA and DG-MOVE will be keynote speakers.

This event will bring to fruition the hard work carried out by all partners to boost the ability of short-sea shipping (SSS) to compete in door-to-door corridors and facilitate the development of the TEN-T Motorways of the Sea network connecting Europe, bridging thereby the gaps between TEN-T corridors and revitalising peripheral regions. 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 Port Community Systems (PCS) and Single Window developments. The three projects 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.

 

THE CONFERENCE

 

The Joint Final Event will kick off on the afternoon of the 2nd of December, with a visit to the port of Piraeus followed by a Welcome cocktail to encourage networking. The sessions will then kick-start on the 3th of December with the opening session chaired by the CEO and Executive Director of the Piraeus Port Authority Ioannis Kouvaris and with keynote speeches from Brian Simpson (EU Coordinator for the Motorways of the Sea) and José Anselmo (Principal Administrator for TEN-T Policy, DG MOVE). The plenary session of the day focusing on solutions to policy issues and current problems affecting MoS will introduce the main results of the three projects: B2MoS, ANnA and WiderMoS. This will be followed by three parallel sessions during which the three projects will be presented in detail.

The morning of the 4th of December will see a plenary session chaired by Captain Fred van Wijnen, from CESMA, and with speeches from Antonio Belmar da Costa, the President of ECASBA and Richard Morton, the secretary general from IPCSA. Following late-morning parallel sessions on the projects, the concluding session chaired by the General Director of PPA, Stavros Hatzakos, will see 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; Enrico Pujia, Italian General Director of Ports, Maritime Transport and Inland Waterways; Sofia Papantoniadou, INEA Project Manager; Gerd Muysewinkel, DG-MOVE; and Captain José Laranjeira Anselmo take the stage with final remarks[1].

The Joint Final Event is all set to be a huge success on the European Maritime Stage. Interested? Participation is free. Register now (limited to first 200 spaces): http://www.2e3s.eu/courses/FINAL_CONFERENCE.php

For more information on the projects, you can consult their respective websites:

 

[1] Please note some attendance is still pending final confirmation. Consult the programme of the event online for more information: http://www.b2mos.eu/index.php/b2mos-anna-widermos-final-conference-in-athens/