Wide Interoperability and new governance moDels for freight Exchange linking Regions through Multimodal maritime based cOrridorS
Activity 1 - Corridor Management Platforms Pilots

Objective

In order to contribute to the overall objective of improving interoperability between the sea and the other transport  modes  by  developing  new  port/ship/train/inland  interfaces,  WiderMos  will  develop  5 pilot projects, centered in the 5 ports of La Spezia in Italy, Barcelona in Spain, Rostock and Kiel in Germany and Leixoes in Portugal, focused in the development of an IT based Corridor management platform (acting as a Logistic  Single  Window)  in  order  to  allow  a  seamless  shipment  management  and  communication  within the supply chain; the pilots aim at overcoming specific bottlenecks with a focus on paperless logistics /e-customs  processes  (eventually  including  e-seals)  with  priority  for  the  integration  of  Inland/seaport terminals and rail.

The activity is divided in several implementation steps.

  • Finalisation of user needs including cross fertilisation activities.
  • Pilot Design
  • Pilot development and demo – phase 1
  • Pilot development and demo - phase 2
  • Impact assessment and business plans

The  Corridor  Management  Platform  is  a  network  of  business  interoperating  platforms  where  shippers and other logistic actors could control their operations throughout the formalised supply chain.

The Corridor Management Platform support Business-to-Business processes, with a concept of one-stop-shop for logistics services, involving private clients and service providers.

The  Corridor  Management  Platform  will  interconnect  systems  of  different  actors:  carriers,  logistics integrators, ports and other logistics platforms.

The Corridor Management Platform will interconnect intermodal transport networks which include maritime, road and rail related information systems.  On  one  hand  it  will  increase  the  visibility  of  all  stakeholders involved  in  a  commercial  transaction  (mainly  businesses)  requiring  transport  and  logistics  services:  freight owners,  train  traders,  railway  companies,  railway  infrastructure  managers,  shipping  companies,  port infrastructure administrator, short and long distance transport companies and in the other hand it will allow the collaboration among them by the use of collaborative tools and shared decision making processes. 

An  important  aspect  of  information  flow  between  computers  and  stakeholders  are  the  actual  interfaces, message formats and information exchange protocols utilised. Different standards exist and there is a need to link them with an agreed framework covering aspects such as semantics (meaning of information elements and the  relationship  among  them),  vocabularies,  etc.,  to  ensure  that  the  information  is  understood  in  the same way by different organizations or stakeholders.

It is essential that new information systems have the capability to operate with legacy systems which will be retained by many stakeholders. Another important point is the fact that the transport and logistics domain is still a highly -based paper sector.

There is a need of ICT solutions adoption. Widermos CMPs will be an affordable, reliable and trusted option for SMEs to take part in international trade and commerce flows at a very competitive cost.

 

Corridor Management Platform specific benefits:

  • Improve the  efficiency  and  flexibility  of  processes,  the  quality  of  real -time  information  and traceability of cargo, reducing administrative costs and procedural errors.
  • Improve the integration and sharing of information between different actors in the logistics chain.
  • Increase visibility  and  predictability  throughout  the  transport  chain  -  Boosting  reducing  costs  of production / stock, as well as the logistics costs, offering multimodal optimized transport solutions.
  • Improve security transparency and reliability, offering standardized and qualified services.
  • Provide IT  support  services  to  ensure  interoperability  and  implement  standard  procedures  and mechanisms for data exchange

In addition to the general benefits described above, here are included some of the WiderMos system benefits for companies:

  • Offers new and better services to companies, in order to help them use  economies of scale to be more competitive operationally and financially
  • Increased visibility to other business models in the logistics nodes
  • Promoting door-to-door services to companies in logistics nodes
  • Increasing use of multimodal transports, to take advant age of its benefits such as high volume-low unit cost transportation.
  • Address reverse  logistics  issues,  such  as  returning  empty  back  hauls,  through  the  consolidation  of freight demand by the logistic single windows
  • Better utilization of vehicles and Increased load factor
  • Better quality data and less administrative costs for SMEs.
  • Better synchronization of freight traffic through ports, road and rail infrastructure (synchromodality).
  • Increase the speed at which goods can move, reduce costs and improve busine ss efficiency.
  • Simplify information flows.
  • Cutting costs through reducing delays.
  • Faster clearance and release.
  • More effective and efficient deployment of resources.
  • Create incentives for innovation, recognising the specific role of ICT in this context.
  • Improve skills related the implementation of innovative technologies