04 June 15

RCMS Kick off Meeting: setting the stage for success




A very successful and well-planned kick off meeting took place in Genoa on 21st and 22nd May 2015 for RCMS project.

RCMS, which is co-funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme,  consists of the implementation of a Robotic Container Management System, which is an innovative infrastructure-specific and resource-efficient solution for enhanced cross-modal inter-connectivity and active container management, capable of providing optimal and adaptable responses to changes in conditions of multi-modal transport network by all actors in the value chain such as shipping companies, port terminal operators, truck and railways companies (for more details read here the Article).

All ten partners (Circle, Sellhorn, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd, Gdansk and Koper Terminals, La Spezia Port Authority, HPC, CIMNE, COMPASS and the University of Genoa) have met in the historical Genoese University branch of Via Balbi 5.  T


The first day of the meeting was marked by an intense schedule. Once completed the partners’ mutual introduction and the welcoming address by the Project Coordinator (Alexio Picco), the day has been intensely dedicated to the Technical Management Committee.


During the afternoon session Ms Cristina Marolda (Policy Officer at European Commission) explained the role of DG Move and the main differences between DG Move and INEA, stressing the matter of the main DG Move’s  expectations from the project which can be summarized in the following goals (all to be approached in a multi-modal way):

During the second day, Michal Klima, Project Officer of the European Commission, gave useful insights into several features of the co-funded project from both the organizational, administrative and strategic point of views: the importance of accuracy in reporting and in deliverables submission as well as how to manage subcontracting and payments.

These two days kick-off meeting marked the beginning of a fruitful collaboration within the RCMS project.

At the end of these two productive days, the next date for a meeting was selected. It will be held in September in Hamburg.