On the 2nd of December, the Joint Final Event of the EU Co-financed projects B2MOS, ANNA and WIDERMOS, under the TEN-T Motorways of the Sea Call 2012, took place in Athens. The conference lasted until the 4th December. All three projects have successfully finished after almost three years of hard work. Therefore, the atmosphere of the event was overcome by positiveness for the future of Motorways of the Sea (MoS) and the European transport.
The implicated parties decided to combine the end of the three different projects into one final event, as they all dealt with similar topics, and thus made the event more attractive for all participants, and could show their results to the other MoS referred project teams at the same time. The host has been the Port Authority of Piraeus, and the conference was multitudinously attended, with around 250 delegates present. José Anselmo and Brian Simpson, representatives of the European Commission for the MoS, have both taken part in it.
Each project had the opportunity to first present its results to the whole auditorium, before going into detail in the different projects’ activities during parallel sessions. In these, people interested and several stakeholders had not only the opportunity to know specific details from the results obtained, but also could discuss concerns and post questions.
A brief summary about the projects and their results:
The B2MOS project, Business to Motorways of the Sea, which consists of a team of 27 companies, coordinated by Fundación Valenciaport, has had a lifeline of three years. Its goals can be summarized as follows:
- Promoting interoperability of electronic transport-related messages and systems;
- Improving the exchange of information of public and private organizations and encouraging their operational cooperation;
- Preparing port management systems, port community systems (PCS) and business stakeholders systems to efficiently comply with the requirements of Directive 2010/65/EU;
- Supporting the development of TEN-T MoS network connecting North and South Europe and East and West regions in the Mediterranean area;
- Improving European cohesion by simplifying specific administrative procedures affecting ultra-peripheral and peripheral regions;
- Contributing to reducing barriers to intra- Community trade.
The ANNA project, which seeks to support the integration of the Maritime Single Window development and deployment, has achieved the following goals:
- Allowing smooth interaction of data between the users and national customs administrations from the 14 member states involved;
- Optimally meeting the need of the maritime industry;
- Adhering to the Rule of Law;
- Recognizing existing partial systems;
- Safeguarding the varying ambition levels of individual Member States;
- The future proof, through substantially enhancing interconnection in the logistic chain on the long term.
The WiderMOS project is composed of 16 partners from 4 Member States led by the Port Authority of La Spezia, and involving more than 100 Stakeholders from different economical and industry sectors.
The project improves the interface between maritime transport and other modes, mainly rail, by:
- Developing new port/ship/train interfaces and efficient port-hinterland connections;
- connecting ports and integrating origins and destinations;
- building bridges on the gaps in and between the different trade core network corridors studied.
It aims at facilitating the homogenous connection between the Motorways of the Sea and the TEN-T core network corridors through several activities such as the development of an IT Corridor Information Pipeline or electronic corridor management platform (CMP); a MoS prospective study; and the proposal of a future governance model of the core network corridors.
All in all, it has been a very successful meeting, which has not only focused on the presentations of achieved results of the three projects, but also raised the importance of looking into the future involving more stakeholders and encouraging new potential partnerships for the next TEN-T Call. These projects might be continued and new ones will emerge asking for funding and developed.
Pelayo Carbajosa Niehoff