The European Coordinator for Motorways of the Sea (MoS), Mr Brian Simpson, OBE, hosted, in Brussels, the MoS Corridor Forum meeting on 16th June 2017.
The Forum aimed at better defining the priorities and future strategy of the Motorways of the Sea as well as to showcase the most promising MoS projects that are currently being implemented.
The participants represented industry, port authorities, ship owners and logistics associations, MoS project promoters as well as Member States.
The event was the opportunity to discuss jointly how the MOS policy could better contribute to the development of short sea shipping in Europe as well as present the current draft version of the Coordinator’s second work program. This document is essential for defining future MoS objectives and it follows the three key priorities:
The Forum was divided into three parts: the first morning session included a set of presentations by the European Commission on current policy initiatives related to short sea shipping and on the outcome of consultations with regard to the second MoS work program.
Mr. Brian Simpson OBE underlined the important role that MoS plays in the context of EU TEN-T policy, its contribution to environment, better use of greener modes of transport, modal shift, sea traffic management, safety and better accessibility to peripheral regions.
Later during the day, we heard a number of presentations about ongoing MoS projects as well as listened to a “round table discussion”, collecting various views from associations and stakeholders who are actively involved in shipping and related policy activities.
The following projects were presented – please download the presentations:
The “round table discussion” was composed of the following participants: Jaroslav Kotowski, Senior Project Manager of INEA, Patrick Anvroin, Director Transport of CRPM, Magnus Sundstrom, Market Department of Swedish Maritime Administration, Federica Montaresi, Head of Studies and Special Projects of Eastern Ligurian Sea Port Authority, Matteo Catani, CEO of Grandi Navi Veloci and Tapani Voionmaa, Group General Counsel of Finnlines.
The following points were highlighted in particular:
Please download the final agenda
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