“MoS are the framework for the development of actions covering maritime transport/ports and favouring their integration in the global transport chain. In the new TEN -T Guidelines, MoS are part of the Core Network and link into the Comprehensive Network. They constitute an invisible but fully available transport corridor covering all of the EU’s coastal areas and will therefore be a key infrastructure implementation tool in the deployment and operation of the Comprehensive and Core Networks”- (EU coordinator report on MoS 2012).
In order to contribute to the overall objective of establishing an effective link between MoS and TEN -T core network corridors in the framework of the corridors governance model included in the new TEN – T regulation, the aim of the activity is to a deliver a MoS Prospective Study on 2020 and to further analyse some key critical dimensions linked to the TEN-T corridors governance model. This will be realized via a participatory approach, using a large Stakeholders Group together with a specific Member States Panel working as a think tank for the future development of MoS and of its relation with the governance of core network corridors.
The activity is divided in several implementation steps.
MoS Prospective study:
After involving major Stakeholders, the project will develop a MoS Prospective study. The aim is to deliver a MoS Prospective Study setting up the main strategic line of directions for MoS between 2015 and 2020, linked to the new governance corridors dimensions and assessing the potential of MoS as the 10th Corridor and the maritime dimension of TEN-T.
It will specifically cover some MoS deployment issues as underlined in the 2012 EU Coordinator report on MoS: application of ICT, clustering of ports and development of corridors paying attention to the regional aspect, European internal market and logistic chains, as well as external trade.
Treating MoS as the 10th Corridor the study will analyse the potential of MoS as an implementation tool for the core network, defining how MoS could support studies (both masterplan style and the preliminary or final design type), pilot actions, integration of intelligent infrastructure, support to start-up services and the deployment of innovative technologies on ships, clarifying the limits and types of incentive available to combine funding sources on MoS global projects, in order optimise use of available funding; the study will also clarify the MoS role in unifying the Core and Comprehensive Network.
The study will also investigate the role of MoS as a framework to foster multi-modality and an opportunity to pilot innovative solutions in order to support strategies for greening transport and the competitiveness of EU the industry.
The study will also take into account that MoS are not:
The analysis, realised in two steps (MoS prospective options and MoS Prospective Study on 2020 both including Stakeholders Forum Results), will result in defining priorities for MoS development in 2020 and will include the collection of data linked to MoS, core ports and related core corridors that will be publicly available in a geo-located approach.
Governance dimensions and critical issues:
“The multiplicity of challenges and the complexity of the corridor concept reinforced by multi-modal and crossborder aspects need to be adequately addressed through adapted managerial structures. A corridor needs to be endowed with a multi-level management structure that will involve all the concerned stakeholders at the appropriate level. Therefore, different management levels have to be defined and applied in line with technical, operational, financial and political requirements. The efficient and effective coordination among the different levels, which is key to success of the whole concept, needs to be demonstrated.”
Many problems related to a corridor can be traced to the lack of an appropriate governance structure to coordinate the many interventions focused on removing obstacles hindering the efficient flow along the corridor. Management institutions are instrumental in facilitating a dialogue between corridor stakeholders and harmonizing procedures and documentation used in transport operations along the corridor, resulting in reduced transit times and costs. Similarly, the operational concepts and practices that will be applied to the corridor need to ensure uniform implementation of legislation across the corridor with a particular view to optimise the environmental performance of freight transport.
The specific Governance dimensions that will be discussed in specific project activities with the related leaderships are:
Several aspects will be considered:
The analysis of this component will deepen how core corridors and key nodes of the core network should be connected with the comprehensive network and in particular how ports and border crossing points should be connected to neighbouring networks and countries.
The analysis of this component will address "Greening" objectives as an integral part of corridor development strategies (with a view to progressively shaping a corridor planning methodology with an in-built greening concept), thus aiming at identifying measures for "green corridor development" (including inter alia new technologies, intelligent transport systems, transhipment technologies, bottleneck removal, service optimization, ecological projects) along concrete multi -modal corridors and assessing the role of MoS establishing the basis for their further extensions.
The analysis of this component will move from the main findings of previous projects (e.g. E-freight, Miele), analyzing the future steps of implementation of next Generation Single Windows (Corridor Management Platforms) for cargo and traffic monitoring irrespectively of mode, supporting cooperation between logistic actors and administrations with the following specific goals:
- to enable transport users (shippers, freight forwarders, etc) to identify and use direct or combined transport services most suited for their purpose;
- to achieve efficient use of the different transport modes on their own and in combination (co modality), providing transport chain management solutions assisting transport actors to establish common end-to-end processes incorporating regulations compliance and ‘intelligent’ monitoring and control;
- to simplify and harmonize regulatory requirements across modes and EU Member States, as a prerequisite for the development of a European network of integrated transport chains, linking road, rail and waterborne resources in an optimum way.
Activities will be focused on the interaction between beneficiaries and stakeholders background and baseline documents will be prepared and discussed with specific stakeholders resulting in 4 reports collecting the 10 most critical issues for TEN-T Multimodal Corridors Governance in relation to the defined 4 dimensions.
For each of the 4 components, WiderMos will elaborate a draft version of a Road Map aimed at suggesting strategies and actions in order to overcome the 10 critical issues. Those drafts will be publicly published for a larger web consultation that will end in a specific seminar for each component that will be used to finalise the Road Maps, supporting the future implementation of the TEN-T priority corridors governance.