Last January began the activities related to the Motorways of the Sea (MoS) Work Plan, with the aim of supporting the European Coordinator, Brian Simpson, in developing a “Detailed Implementation Plan”, which is a fundamental document for the European economic development, that the coordinator himself will present to the EU Parliament in June.
Circle is the Italian leader of the Consortium (with ADS Insight (BE) and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (DE) ) that has a long-standing, strong, and multi-disciplinary involvement both in the shipping world and in MoS Projects.
The expertise developed by each partners of the Consortium – with past MoS coordinators and with the current one – allows them to have an unique insight in handling and managing the complexity of the treated themes and, at the same time, let them to support in the best way the different activities.
MoS represent the maritime dimension of the TEN-T network and represent a horizontal priority which supports and integrates the development of maritime transport, ports and their hinterland connections (origin/destination) whilst promoting the deployment of infrastructure, transport technology and information systems.
Reduce land transport congestion, increase use of more sustainable modes of transport, increase transport efficiency and effectiveness, and improve accessibility to peripheral regions: these are some of the advanteges resulted from the integration of the MoS in the logistic chain.
To meet these general objectives, the European Coordinator identified three key priorities for action: Environment, Integration of Maritime Transport in the Logistics Chain and Maritime Safety, Traffic Management, Human Element/Training.
Environment. The main areas are the ones connected to the reduction of emissions. 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.
Integration of maritime transport in the logistics chain. The general objective is to achieve competitiveness and growth resulting from more and better support to trade. MoS shall strengthen cohesion, improve existing or establish new maritime links, improve maritime transport integration in the global logistic chain and improve transshipment and hinterland connections in ports, support multimodal connections with a priority for the integration of inland navigation and rail and finally, fostering the deployment of new technologies and IT systems .
Maritime Safety, Traffic Management and Human Element. The main areas of work are general sustainability and safety to strengthen cohesion, developing more efficient traffic and Transport Management Systems, fostering the deployment of new technologies and systems and the optimization of processes, procedures and the human element.
Based on these key priorities, Circle will organize the three MoS Forum with the aim of disseminate the results achieved so far to the institutional and industrial stakeholders, moreover the Conferences will constitute the basis for the “detailed implementation plan for the motorways of the sea”.