The MoS4MoS project is a pilot action primarily aimed at preparing the different key stakeholder systems (ports and terminals, railways, rail freight stations, maritime carriers, short sea consolidation centres, etc) to provide integrated and interoperable services for door-to-door MoS supply chains.
The main objective of the MoS4MoS Action is to design and demonstrate a set of prototypes that will improve the operational coordination of transport flows and facilitate tight co-ordination between the various administrative services and operators at port level.
The test prototypes has been applied to existing door-to-door MoS supply chains in the Mediterranean region, namely in: Spain-Italy, Spain-Slovenia, Spain-Greece, Slovenia-Greece and Italy-Greece, addressing two different types of traffic: ro-ro and containerised freight.
More specifically, the goals of the Action are:
Main results (project ended in May 2012)
Results of the initiatives acting at port level
The basic structure and two prototypes for the creation of a port community system in the Port of Piraeus.
Prototyping and piloting export paperless controls for FCL ro-ro and container intra-Community traffic at the ports of Livorno, Barcelona and Valencia.
Piloting of an automatic gate system for intra-Community ro-ro traffic at the Port of Valencia.
Results of the initiatives working on the port to port area of intervention:
A prototype of system providing real-time automatically-generated information about the status of a vessel to inland transport operators using MoS services.
Testing of a system optimising the tracing of containers and the documentation associated to the container operation at the ports of Livorno, Koper and Valencia.
The traceability of ro-ro units through a RFID system.
Testing new procedures, the electronic T2L, to make intra-Community sea transport simpler and less cumbersome for its users.
Results of the Port to Hinterland Initiatives
Prototyping and piloting of a railway transport management system to better manage the supply chain by the combination of rail and sea modes of transport.
Defining and testing new common procedures and electronic messages to improve communication flows and create paperless documentation flows.
Results of the Door to Door Initiatives
A piloted prototype of a middleware solution that ensures interoperable paperless import/export processes along a MoS door to door corridor for FCL shipments.
A traceability prototype system for automotive logistics using electronic data interchange.
The creation of a network of short-sea consolidation centres, offering specialised services for intra-Community traffic. Piloting of advanced e-commerce solutions in the Spanish, Slovenian and Greek networks of short-sea consolidation centres that allow shippers and forwarders to send electronic MoS bookings and shipping instructions for LCL shipments the same way they do for their FCL shipments.
The 15 initiatives previously prototyped have been tested, piloted and demonstrated. As a result of this activity, a report on the pilots and demonstrations conducted has been produced. The second version of this report includes already the comments and suggestions received from the Peer Review Group.
A cost-benefit analysis of the future implementation of the 15 initiatives included in the MOS4MOS Action has been carried out, based on the time and cost measurements taken during the testing and piloting period of the initiatives. The cost-benefit analysis shows that, even using very conservative hypotheses, and assuming the implementation of these initiatives only in the port communities participating in the project, the net present value of putting into practice the MOS4MOS solutions instead of continuing using the current combination of procedures and practices is over 20.5 million Euros. It is worth mentioning that it is estimated that for every Euro of TEN-T co-financing received in MOS4MOS, 7.28 Euros of net benefits (current value) would be produced.