Wider use of 45’ containers could lessen transfer of cargo from sea to road

Published: 2014-02-03 10:26

45 feet long containers could help negative consequences  of the IMO Sulphur Directive a nd alleviate a modal backshift of cargo moved from sea to road in Baltic Sea region.

Read the whole press release http://www.ladec.fi/en/news

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TransBaltic Newsletter No. 17

Published: 2012-10-15 14:16

Download: TransBaltic Newsletter No 17

In this issue –

  • Macroregional Transport Action Plan “The seed sown in the ground” - As a final product, all of TransBaltic’s activities and findings have been gathered in a single publication, encompassing a set of policy messages. The “Macroregional Transport Action Plan” (MTAP) is thus meant to suit as a tool, tailoring the transport system to a desired shape. The list is based on concrete analytical and demonstration work by TransBaltic and the cooperating projects, done together with transport and logistics business stakeholders. The descriptions specify why the given area needs intervention, what should be done, who ought to take up the task and how things  should be sorted out. This article features a summary of all 19 policy actions. The document in its full will be available on TransBaltic website in October.
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Think Tank No.3 - "Robustness of the transport system in the BSR - Thoughts on the TransBaltic Macroregional Transport Action Plan"

Published: 2012-08-08 11:57

The Baltic Transport Journal has been following TransBaltic since its very beginning by featuring the project’s newsletters and producing articles on the project’s findings. The journal is now dedicated to a last task of verifying the incentives, derived from the TransBaltic studies, with the market and decision-makers. Professionals from the public and business sector is confronted with summaries of TransBaltic’s outcomes and the results of the discussions will be presented in 3 so called “Think Tank” issues.

Download: Think-Tank #3

Think Tank No.3 features:

  • the potential of the inland waterway transport (Dr. Capt. Jan Pyś, Director of the Inland Navigation Office in Wrocław)
  • small port’s agenda at the EU level (Peter Zoné, Operations Manager at Port of Hargshamn)
  • capacity pressures in the BSR by 2030 (Stig Hjerppe, TransBaltic WP 3 Manager from the Region Västerbotten)
  • the importance of the human factor in the transport sector (Ingo Kuhlbrodt, TransBaltic Task “Human capacity building in transport operations” consultant)
  • the Baltic cluster, a way towards the macroregional integrated transport system in the BSR (Dr. Capt. Andrzej Królikowski, Director of the Maritime Office in Gdynia)
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Think Tank No.2 - “Integrated transport system in the BSR – Thoughts on the TransBaltic Macroregional Transport Action Plan”

Published: 2012-07-09 10:53

The Baltic Transport Journal has been following TransBaltic since its very beginning by featuring the project’s newsletters and producing articles on the project’s findings. The journal is now dedicated to a last task of verifying the incentives, derived from the TransBaltic studies, with the market and decision-makers. Professionals from the public and business sector is confronted with summaries of TransBaltic’s outcomes and the results of the discussions will be presented in 3 so called “Think Tank” issues.

Download: Think-Tank #2

Think Tank No.2 features:

  • Rosmorport’s activities in the BSR (Andrey Boldorev, Deputy Chief of Rosmorport’s Development Department)
  • the potential of the Eurasian land bridge (Anders Sjöblom, Head of market development at Port of Oskarshamn)
  • the increasing importance of the Arctic passage for the shipping industry (Paweł Szynkaruk, Managing Director at Polsteam)
  • the meaning of environmentally-friendly actions in the transport sector (Kimmo Mäki, Managing Director at Port of Helsinki, and Ulf Sandevärn, Marketing Manager at Port of Karlshamn)
  • the role of public support (Roman Poersch, Managing Director at Wilhelm Borchert GmbH)
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Think Tank No.1 - “Key business actions for the BSR – External revision of the TransBaltic WP5 results”

Published: 2012-07-09 10:48

The Baltic Transport Journal has been following TransBaltic since its very beginning by featuring the project’s newsletters and producing articles on the project’s findings. The journal is now dedicated to a last task of verifying the incentives, derived from the TransBaltic studies, with the market and decision-makers. Professionals from the public and business sector is confronted with summaries of TransBaltic’s outcomes and the results of the discussions will be presented in 3 so called “Think-Tank” issues.

Download: Think-Tank #1

Think Tank No.1  features discussions on;

Dry Port with

  • Stefan Back – Director Sustainable Logistics at TransportGruppen and Chairman of the Intermodal working group of the Swedish International Freight Association
  • Anders Ekmark – Senior analyst at the Swedish Transport Administration
  • Lidia Wójtowicz – Director of the Department of Regional Development of the Warmia-Masuria Voivodeship
  • Krzysztof Kasica – Economic analyst of the Department of Strategy and Development at the City Council of Elbląg
  • Thomas Elm Kampman – Director of the Skandinavisk Transport Center and Port of Koge
  • Jakob Svane – Consultant of the DI Transport
  • Leif Gjesing Hansen – Senior Adviser at the Department of Regional Development of the Zealand region

Empty Container Management with

  • Erik Ringmaa – Chief Commercial Officer at Port of Tallinn
  • Dominik Landa – DCT Gdańsk’s Business Development Director

Deployment of the ICT toolbox with

  • Leszek Andrzejewski - Institute of Logistics and Warehousing, Task Leader of TransBaltic Task 5.3 – ICT tools

International intermodal transport with

  • Bjarne Ivar Wist - CargoNet’s Director of Information and Strategy
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TransBaltic Newsletter No.16

Published: 2012-07-09 08:29

Download: TransBaltic Newsletter No 16

In this issue –

  • The Kvarken Strait cargo corridor ”Battlefield of pros & cons” - The Kvarken corridor stretches from Umeå in Sweden to Vaasa in Finland, across the Bay of Bothnia and further on to Russia. The route has the potential to attract more cargo, especially from industries willing to shorten their delivery times and distance, but it also has major difficulties, which may even jeopardize the whole idea.

Download report “Opportunity study for the efficient transport of goods from Umeå, Sweden through Vaasa, Finland to Russia”

  • Potential development of railways in northern Poland “The missing link” – In recent years, a number of parties have identified the need for new integrated rail links within the Baltic Sea region. In Poland, an improved transport system based on the Trans-European Network of Transport (TEN-T) is fundamental for the cohesion and accessibility of the entire northern part of the country. So why is one link missing?

Download report “Study of the condition and potential of the rail link between Szczecin, Koszalin, Slupsk, Gdansk, Olsztyn and Elk”

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Green transport projects on the EU Commission Vice-President’s agenda at the Annual Forum of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy

Published: 2012-07-02 10:55

The shared exhibition stand of TransBaltic and Scandria at the annual EU Baltic Sea Strategy Forum in Copenhagen was honoured by a visit of the European Commission Vice-President responsible for transport, Siim Kallas, interested in learning about involvement of the regional authorities in the EU transport policy. The visit was an excellent opportunity to highlight the ongoing cooperation among the green transport projects, the so called umbrella cooperation, that will in September transform into the formal cluster (led by Region Skåne).

As pointed out to Vice-President Kallas, the regions are deeply committed to the development and implementation of green transport solutions. They take an active role in shaping transport policies within the framework of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy as manifested by the Macroregional Transport Action Plan, a joint product of TransBaltic and the allied projects, which the regions see as an important instrument in streamlining the approaches by the Commission, the national governments of the Baltic Sea countries and the regional authorities. This challenge will be tackled by the follow-up initiative to the TransBaltic, Scandria and EWTC II projects, entitled ‘BSR TransGovernance’ and led by Region Blekinge.

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Project Manager Wiktor Szydarowski in discussion with Mr Siim Kallas at EU Baltic Sea Strategy Forum, 18 June.


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TransBaltic conference under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of EU

Published: 2012-06-29 16:31

We have finally received the exciting news that TransBaltic Final Conference has been approved as an official event under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of EU. Our aspiration of placing the conference higher on the European agenda has thereby come true with this acknowledgement of the conference as an event of a greater European interest. We are now waiting to receive the official Cyprus EU Presidency logo to be promoted along with our event. Please visit this page for the latest updates of the conference agenda.

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A gloomy future

Published: 2012-06-29 16:28

Via Baltica will be the winner 2015 when the IMO regulations are being introduced in the Baltic Sea. That was the conclusion of the debate titled “Implications of the IMO regulations on the future pattern of the cargo flow in the Baltic” held jointly by Baltic Ports Organization and TransBaltic in Helsinki on June 15. The future scenario for maritime transport in the Baltic Sea looked rather gloomy when discussed by invited ship owners, ports and researchers at the venue in Vousaari Harbour.

The majority of Finnish export goes by sea, the main destination being between south of Finland and Germany. The IMO regulations is estimated to increase the price level of maritime transport in the Baltic Sea with about 30-50% leading to a move of 20-30% of the freight onto wheels travelling along Via Baltica instead. A modal change that seems to be a step backwards.

The SECA (Emission Control Area) also go along French, English, Norwegian and Russian coasts, the difference is however that they also have other coast lines not in the SECA which is the reason why countries in the Baltic Sea Area are being harder hit.

Future maritime transport in the Baltic Sea is however not a lost cause and new strategies and innovations are under development but the regulations has been coming on too quick, leaving no time for maritime transport operators to prepare. The situation will put the Baltic ports in hard competition with the southern European ports and they now call for the same rules to be applied to a wider European geography. Positive is that such discussions already have been introduced at the EU level but what worse is that we might have to wait another 10 years.

A report summarizing the debate is being prepared and will be published at TransBaltic website in end of July.    

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New project approved – BSR TransGovernance

Published: 2012-06-29 10:36

The monitoring committee recently announced the pleasant news that the BSR TransGovernance project, with Region Blekinge as lead partner, is one of three projects that has been approved for the final call of the program. The objective of the initiative, based on the work of Scandria, EWTC2 and TransBaltic, is to demonstrate how multi-level governance models, tools and approaches can contribute to a better alignment of transport policies in the BSR at various administrative levels and better incorporation of the business perspective. This is expected to increase commitment of public and private stakeholders to achieving greener and more efficient transport in the Baltic Sea Region, in line with PA 11 of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy.

More specifically for TransBaltic the new initiative intends to secure a follow up of the TransBaltic Macroregional Transport Action Plan (to be presented at TransBaltic Final Conference 4-5 Sep) by streamlining it with the result of the Baltic Transport Outlook and other EU Baltic Sea Strategy PA11 initiatives. BSR TransGovernance will operate for 2 years starting up in September 2012.

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