First transport cluster initiative in the BSR has been approved

Published: 2012-05-11 12:38

On 11 January an application was dispatched to the JTS, applying for the announced 150 000EUR (incl. VAT) pot with a cluster initiative called ‘Baltic cluster for sustainable, multimodal and green transport corridors’. Lead partner for the initiative, Region Skåne, has now received the pleasant news that the application has been approved!

The transport cluster initiative consists of eight leading organisations representing TransBaltic, Scandria, Rail Baltic Growth Corridor, EWTC II, BSR InnoShip, Amber Coast Logistics, Baltic.AirCargo.Net and Bothnian Green Logistic Corridor, which are all projects under the BSR Programme Priority 2. These partners, also involved in TransBaltic umbrella cooperation, set the formal framework for the cluster while also some other projects involved in the umbrella cooperation but not included in the cluster initiative has committed to contribute with support in some activities. The cluster intends to host discussions with projects representing other transnational spaces or cross-border programmes, which offer substantial value to the cluster activities. The initiative will act to for example; bridge project activities in the area of green transport solutions, develop showcase of successful financial arrangements for BSR transport and logistics, strengthen complementarities and synergies of projects’ results etc. with the overarching goal to improve the Programme performance regarding its relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and reach to a wider audience.

The cluster is now preparing for its start-up in September this year with a first appearance at the BSR Programme Conference in Lilleström 19-20 Sep.


TransBaltic Newsletter No. 15

Published: 2012-05-10 11:09

Download: TransBaltic Newsletter No 15

In this issue –

  • Shaping the network of green multimodal transport corridors “To forestall the future course of events”TransBaltic recently released its second edition in the Policy Report series, with which the project aims to inspire politicians, officials and private enterprises within the transport and logistics sector to take the relevant policy actions towards an integrated transport system in the Baltic region. The article presents extracts from the document focusing on the by TransBaltic designed transport development scenario for 2030 – the so called the “green scenario”, with alternative development trajectories steaming from IMO regulation and TEN-T policy.

Download the TransBaltic Policy Report 2011 here.

  • Hub-and-hinterland development in the Baltic Sea region “It’s only the beginning” – Seaports are increasingly functioning not only as individual places that handle ships but as parts of supply chains and networks. A port’s potential hinterland can be defined as an area reachable at a cheaper cost or shorter time than from another seaport, which in turn results in port and carriage providers’ competition to service locations in the overlapping segments. The rise of economic centres in the Baltic area has created opportunities to develop water-based and land-based transport networks which allow increased hinterland penetration. With the emergence of inland terminals and dry ports, hinterlands are extended even further. The article presents ongoing trends in the development of hubs and hinterlands in the BSR based on a TransBaltic report presenting more in-depth information about the development aspirations of Port of Gdańsk and Port of Ust-Luga. 

Download the “Hub and Hinterland development in the BSR” report here.

  • TransBaltic’s Final Conference ”Crossing macroregional horizons” - On 4-5 September 2012 TransBaltic invites you to its final conference, which will mark the closure of the project after three years’ of intensive work. The two previous conferences were hosted in the southern and northern parts of Sweden, namely in Malmo (Skåne) and Skellefteå (Västerbotten). This time the project has decided to cross the Baltic Sea’s horizon and invites interested stakeholders to gather on Cyprus. Read more about the theme of the conference.

Register for the conference here.

0 comments | Leave a comment

Intermodal terminals in the BSR at the centre of attention

Published: 2012-05-02 09:38

Following investigation on intermodal terminal development as a part of the analysis of transport flows and scenarios till2030 , TransBaltic arranged a thematic debate dedicated to the future of intermodal terminals in the Baltic Sea Region. Regional authorities, ports and terminals around the Baltic Sea were invited to meet on March, 29 in Copenhagen to discuss trends, development drivers and policy responses.

The issue is in the policy limelight, addressed in the TEN-T proposal, and of high relevance from the Danish perspective on account of fierce competition two ‘green’ modes of transport – maritime (feeder ships) entered in this country to get hold of the freight commodities. The current status of development differs, however, between the Baltic Sea countries depending on ownership patterns and prioritisation of investments in rail infrastructure. But how would we like to see the development and who should have responsibilities in establishing, organising and operating an intermodal terminal? The seminar discussions concluded that all levels have a role to play. Public investments are needed to develop the basic infrastructure and the responsibility for strategic planning according to the country’s interests falls upon the national governments. However, since the private sector pays the actual construction and operational cost of the terminal, the decision on location is up to the market. A dialogue between public and private sector already from the start is therefore essential.

The fact that terminal investments are made by private sector awoke another question among the stakeholders, whether the unrestricted access conditions required by the European Commission for including the intermodal terminals in the TEN-T network are really feasible? It was suggested that a solution could be to differentiate between the mature terminals and the start-ups, with the latter allowed running own (restricted access) service until certain volumes are reached.

In the context of the TEN-T policy on intermodal terminals it was also suggested that the BSR should be paid special attention compared to other macroregions due to specific geographical characteristics of the area, which requires much ro-ro traffic. The macroregion’s sparsely populated areas with dispersed production also call for another approach in transport facilitating policies.

Click here to get to the seminar presentations.

0 comments | Leave a comment

TRANSBALTIC NEWSLETTER No. 14

Published: 2012-03-27 12:21

Download: TransBaltic Newsletter No 14

In this issue –

  • An economic game – An analysis of duty-free sales in the Baltic Sea region’s transportation system. Today, the Åland Islands play an important role in maritime transport in the Central/Northern Baltic Sea region as business thrives on board the ferry traffic to and from Sweden, Finland and Estonia as well as recently to Russia, all due to tax-free sales. Who would win and who would lose if Åland were deprived of its tax exemption?
  • In hopes of a good start – A regional approach to future transport planning. A future vision of the transportation system in the southeast Swedish region of Blekinge, presented in a recent TransBaltic report, provides ‘food for thought’ for the BSR’s decision makers on how clear goal-setting and wise planning could help reach the so often mentioned idea of sustainable transport, being efficient, reliable and environmentally safe.
0 comments | Leave a comment

Trends in hub and hinterland development

Published: 2012-03-15 13:42

Maritime Institute in Gdansk, leading TransBaltic Task 4.3, organised a seminar on the development of transhipment hubs and port hinterland in the Baltic Sea Region.

The meeting was attended by project partners and stakeholders from research & development institutions, local government and business representatives from the Baltic Sea port domain.

The discussion focused on the current trends that can be observed in the Baltic Sea, particularly the transformation of some ports into regional transhipment hubs, which is evident in the case of Port of Gdańsk. Inspirational presentations dealt with: ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) and their potential in reducing external transport costs; Factors influencing the development of Baltic seaport network, as well as the existing transport infrastructure of the Central European Transport Corridor i(CETC) conencting the Baltic Sea and rthe Mediterranean area via Westpomeranian Region. Moreover, a representative from the container terminal “DCT Gdansk” presented the terminal’s development strategy for the coming years and how the future expansion plans would benefit from the creation of sustainable transport in the Polish Pomeranian Region. The participants agreed that the current ambitious development actions and plans of Port of Gdansk will lead to realise its potential to become a Baltic transhipment hub.

Maritime Institute in Gdansk is currently preparing a report on the subject that will be available on the TransBaltic website in late April.

MIG Smeinar 3 Feb


0 comments | Leave a comment

From strategies to investments

Published: 2012-03-13 12:53

The successfully initiated cooperation between TransBaltic and the NDPTL resulted in the NDPTL’s invitation to host TransBaltic’s 4th Umbrella meeting at their premises. The same premises also house the European and Nordic Investments Banks (EIB/NIB), which gave the excellent opportunity to discuss how transport projects can be made bankable. Representatives from the two institutions provided the 9 attending transport projects with useful insights on how they work, their lending criteria and application processes. The general idea is that their lending activities have to follow EU objectives and facilitates for increased competitiveness, supports sustainable growth and less environmental impact. While NIB mainly has been focusing on the energy sector they have now adopted a lending strategy for transport, logistics and communications showing their increased acknowledgement and interested of this sector.

Next umbrella meeting will be hosted by Bothnian Green Logistics Corridor in Umeå 29 May, for which the allied transport projects are expected to deliver input to the TransBaltic Macroregional Transport Action Plan.

0 comments | Leave a comment

New edition of TransBaltic Policy Report!

Published: 2012-02-09 08:14

The foresight process around the Baltic Sea carried out in 2010, initiated by TransBaltic, helped to identify alternative transport development trajectories in the years to come, their pre-requisites and policy-making consequences which were then described in the 1st edition of the TransBaltic Policy Report series. This 2nd edition concentrates more on the green transport scenario in light of new policy challenges as well as natural and socio-economic developments. Current transport and regional policy processes are being screened, highlighting some missing, overlapping or underestimated thematic areas of vital significance for future transport patterns in the Baltic Sea Region.

The report also debate on the robustness of the integrated transport system in the Baltic Sea area, bringing up some specific aspects of dynamically evolving trade exchange between the Baltic Sea Region and new global economic powers, such as China and India – developmental driver that definitely will affect the geography of the freight flows and cast a challenge for the economic, social and territorial cohesion of the BSR. The report also describes some examples of business cases that can contribute to better transport co-modality and sustainable regional growth I might become subject for relevant transport policies.

Download TransBaltic Policy Report 2011 here!

0 comments | Leave a comment

Discussing TEN-T and its consequences for the BSR ports

Published: 2012-01-24 16:03

On 19 January Baltic Ports Organisation and TransBaltic hosted together a debate to tackle upon the TEN-T and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) proposals and their consequences for the Baltic Sea ports. The participants representing ports, port associations, regional authorities and transport ministries all agreed to that the dual layer approach to the TEN-T is a good solution. The long coast lines along the BSR Member States have resulted in development of many ports, sometimes making it hard for the national governments to prioritise. And here the Commission’s proposal may be handy in addressing this issue.

The current TEN-T proposal includes 82-85 ports in the core network and 250 ports in the comprehensive network. While being in a core network a port may receive European funding for investments, it remains unclear of what it really means for a port to be included in the comprehensive network. The participants also highlighted some other factors to be questioned in the proposal, as for example the status of current Motorways of the Sea (MoS) links. The MoS, considered as vital for internal connectivity in the Baltic Sea Region, have been left out on the Commission’s proposed maps on the core network corridors, making them end at the ports. While the Member States have been invited to have a pro-active role in the creation and selection of network priorities the proposal is of much top-down nature. Some Members States might feel that their national investment plans have not been heard enough by the Commission and it can also be argued that the bottom-up green corridor initiatives with real supply chain integration is a missing component. Some concerns were raised by the Polish Ministry to the 10 billion EUR earmarked budget in the Cohesion Fund dedicated to the CEF proposal. A cut in the Cohesion Fund money that should facilitate for new Member States to catch up on the development, might result in a backdrop in the old/new Member State integration.

Participants also emphasised that the dry port concept should be discussed as a TEN-T policy component as such facilities serve as an extension of several main ports.

 Click here to view presentations from the debate that took place on Sorö/ Denmark Jan 19, 2012.

0 comments | Leave a comment

Help us identify the challenges & needs for successful human capacity building

Published: 2012-01-17 10:15

TransBaltic partners Ma-Co (Maritime Competenzcentrum and SEP (SynergyEuropaPartner) responsible for the task “Capacity Building in transport operations” are launching a survey target at organisations dealing with vocational education matters and demands in the transport and logistics sector. The aim with the survey is to obtain an overview of the main driving forces, challenges and needs for action with regard to human capacity building in the transport sector and by doing so, be able to identify the right measures addressing the issue.

We would appreciate very much if you could help us by filling in below questionnaire which will take only 15 minutes of your time. All collected responses will be used exclusively for our analysis and will be treated as strictly confidential. The results of the survey evaluation will be presented at a workshop in Spring 2012 and incorporated into the operational and strategic output of the TransBaltic.

Download: Task 4.2 Survey_Human Capacity Building in transport operations

Please send the answers to vera.axyonova@sep-partner-hamburg.eu by 27.01.2012.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:  SEP SynergyEuropaPartner / Vera Axyonova / Phone: +49-40-383752

If the questions are out of scope of your competence, please forward the questionnaire to your colleagues or recommend us further potential respondents.

0 comments | Leave a comment

Inspiration for sustainable transport developments

Published: 2011-12-15 11:36

Region Blekinge/Sweden has, in the ambition of creating an action plan for sustainable transport developments in their region by 2030 (with an outlook to 2050), prepared a report highlighting some aspects of the transport system in Blekinge and the outcomes of discussions on the topic with regional stakeholders in both public and private sector. The results intend to answer the question whether it is possible to incorporate all stakeholders to co-develop a vision of a successful development and creating an action plan that can boost the regional development towards sustainable transport. By outlining the vision and the objectives and presenting a palette of potential measures to be included in an action plan the report could also be used to inspire other regions around the Baltic Sea area in the same direction. Download the report “Development of sustainable transport in South East Baltic” here.


0 comments | Leave a comment