(Event by invitation)
During the meeting on 19th of February at European Parliament, Mr. Brian Simpson OBE – Coordinator for Motorways of the Sea (MoS) – invited all Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to engage and contribute to the development of MoS, the first outcome of which will be the Detailed Implementation Plan that it will be presented on June 2016.
A study is now underway conducting a detailed analysis of trade patterns, ports and infrastructure, technical and administrative challenges to help identify development priorities for the future.
Mr. Michael Cramer, Chair of the EP Tran Committee and MEP Ms. Gesine Meissner gave their support to Mr. Brian Simpson about this process aiming for a more integrated, and fully functioning, and environmentally sound trans-European network.
In order to improve the transport services that are integrated in logistic chain and cover all type of maritime freight operation, Motorways of the Sea will concentrate his attention to the reduction of land transport congestion; to the increase of use of more sustainable modes of transport, to the increase of transport efficiency and effectiveness and; to the improvement of the accessibility to peripheral regions.
Mr. Brian Simpson identified three key priorities for action (the three MoS Pillars): Environment, Integration of Maritime Transport in the Logistics Chain and, Maritime Safety, Traffic Management, Human Element/Training.
For this reason, three MoS Fora will be organized to examine in depth every pillar and to create a discussion in order to improve the Motorways of the Sea.
During the EP meeting, it was launched the first MoS Forum on Environment that it will be in Brussels on 15th of March.
The MoS actions for the Environment
The main areas for work are the reduction of emissions, mainly Sulphur (SOx), MoS are supporting ship and shore based installations and propulsion systems, logistics and reception facilities in ports, such as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), methanol, de-sulphurised fuels and scrubbers.
Measures aiming at counteracting climate change are also important drivers. Meeting general sustainability requirements and fostering the deployment of new technologies and systems to contribute to those sustainable solutions such as the use of shore based electricity and electric propulsion as well as hydrogenics.