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ACL - Press Release: Mid-term event of the Amber Coast Logistics project

Boundaries in the head are slower to disappear than frontiers between countries. This was the realization of the mid-term event participants of the EU logistics project Amber Coast Logistics (ACL), held at the end of April in Copenhagen, Denmark. The potential for growth in the flow of goods between Western Europe and the Baltic Sea region nonetheless remains high.

Copenhagen, April 2013: Around 60 participants attended the event, organised by the ACL project partners: the Aarlborg-based FDT Association of Danish Transport and Logistics Centres, Port of Hamburg Marketing and the Baltic Sea Forum, an international association that promotes economic, political and cultural cooperation between the Baltic seaboard countries. The event was held with a view to assessing progress at the halfway point of the project, which is funded under the EU's Baltic Sea Region Programme.

Lectures and discussions between speakers and visitors to the event revolved around the question with which the ACL project has been preoccupied for more than a year and a half: As well as promoting international transport operations, how can the growth of personal networks between Western Europe and the Amber Coast Region, with its neighbouring states like Belarus and the Ukraine, be further encouraged?

Taking up challenges to exploit potential

A study by the Bremen-based Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL), commissioned by the Amber Coast Logistics project partners, came to the conclusion that container traffic in the Amber Coast countries will rise dramatically from its 2011 level of 3.4 million TEUs by the year 2030. The research institute is predicting an increase of between 8.6 million and 9.9 million TEUs, attributable above all to the rapid economic growth of the Baltic hinterland regions.

Apart from practical obstacles in the daily transport of goods - like lengthy customs procedures, and time spent waiting at international border crossings - growth forecasts of this kind are also and above all challenged by existing opinions. This was the unanimous conclusion of those attending the ACL mid-term event. ‘One of the biggest challenges is that of changing the attitude of western European logistics companies to the Belarus logistics sector. People are often inclined to pass judgment on the political system of the country,' said Dzmitry Babicki, leading economist of the Warsaw research institute Case Belarus, explaining the problems facing Belarusian logistics operators. ‘At the same time, if we are to promote the essential expansion of logistics centres in Belarus and get them effectively working, foreign investments are crucial and western companies need to be persuaded to settle in the region,' added Dr Anatoly Molokovitch, Head of the Logistics Faculty of the School of Business and Management of Technologies of the Belarusian state university.

Benefiting from shifting transport patterns

A similar problem was referred to by Denmark's former Minister of Transport, Mr. Flemming Hansen. During his period of office he was significantly involved in negotiations for the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link, one of the objects of which is to cope with the rising volume of transport going to Scandinavia as a result of the EU's expansion to the east. ‘Rail above all stands to benefit from the new Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link. But this posits a shift of transport from road to rail. It will probably take a good while to change people's rooted preference for carrying goods to and from the Baltic and Baltic hinterland regions by lorry and ferry. With more traffic on both road and rail it is important to create added value services along the link to support the development of the corridor from Scandinavia to the Continent.' As an example of a needed service Mr. Flemming Hansen mentioned the establishing of a new combined rail/road terminal on the corridor in Koege (Denmark), which could function as a Nordic Hub giving service to Denmark, as well as other countries along the corridor.

A positive example of a port with multimodal facilities which is growing dramatically in consequence of the rising volume of transport between eastern and western Europe was mentioned by Thomas Elm Kampmann, Managing Director of the Scandinavian Transport Centre, located four kilometres away from Koege. ‘Right now the Port of Koege is being expanded to more than twice the size. 400,000 square metres of new port premises are being created, of which 80 percent have already been leased out to companies,' Kampmann reported. ‘Against this background, we are working to make the Scandinavian Transport Centre one of the most important transport hubs for combined transport in Denmark.'

Picture caption: Speakers of the ACL conference (from left to right): Gunnar Platz, Planco Consulting GmbH, Sebastian Doderer, Port of Hamburg Marketing, Christian zu Schaumburg Lippe, Baltic Sea Forum, Flemming Hansen, Former Minister of Transport in Denmark.

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Project acronym: ACL

Project title: Amber Coast Logistics

Application call: 4

Priority: 2. Internal and external accessibility

Project website:

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Lead Partner:

Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V.
Pickhuben 6
20457 Hamburg
DE
Marina Rimpo
E-mail: rimpo@hafen-hamburg.de
Phone: +49 40 37709 111
Fax: +49 40 37709 199

Project Manager:

PLANCO Consulting GmbH
Am Waldthausenpark 11
45127 Essen
DE
Gunnar Platz
E-mail: gp@planco.de
Phone: +49 (0) 201-43771-14
Fax: +49 (0) 201-411-468


Information Manager:

BONUM news + marketing GmbH
Mattentwiete 6
20457 Hamburg
DE
Janina Arndt
E-mail: arndt@bonum.net
Phone: +49-(0)40-69 79 63 85
Fax: +49-(0)40-69 79 63 88



Summary description of the project:

The Amber Coast region with its natural hinterland, the Baltic States, Northwest Russia, Belarus and the Northern Ukraine, is one of the logistics regions with the greatest potential in Northern Europe. The transport flows have increased substantially in the past years. The number of logistics centres along the eastern and southern coast of the Baltic Sea is rising constantly. They form the foundation for a supply chain that allows logistics players to better balance flows of goods and adapt more quickly to market developments.

Nevertheless, the transport and logistics infrastructure in the southern and eastern Baltic Sea Region today is not adequately developed. Remote areas are often very difficult to reach. The logistics players are not networked. Due to this drawback, the service potential of the region is not being exploited – it remains hidden, just like amber.

This being the situation, the uppermost goal of Amber Coast Logistics was to support the development of multimodal logistics centres in the southern and eastern Baltic Sea Region and thereby improve the accessibility of remote areas.

To achieve this goal, 19 project partners from Belarus, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are working jointly on three thematic work packages: the ‘Flow of goods and institutional aspects’ work package involves analysis of the influence laws and regulations have on transport organisations and flows. An action plan to promote multi-modal transport structures will be conceptualised within the ‘Sustainable and efficient transport concepts and multi-modal transport chains’ work package. The ‘Regional logistics integration’ work package ultimately builds on the outcome of the previous two packages, effectively putting the results of the conceptual phase into practice.

The project is in line with the “EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region’s Action Plan”. It improves internal and external transport links in the Baltic Sea region.


Achievements of the project so far:

The final ACL conference entitled "Challenges, concepts and recommendations – the transport and logistics sector in the Baltic Sea region", concluded in Hamburg at 27 February 2014, brought the ACL project to a successful end. The conference was used as platform to present the final project results and hand over the final brochure to high-ranking representatives from the politics such as James Pond, Senior Consultant for the TEN-T Corridor "North Sea-Baltic" of the EC (http://www.ambercoastlogistics.eu/sites/default/files/final_brochure.pdf).

In addition to the final brochure all fundamental findings from the analytical project part (WP 3 & 4) has been merged in form of a summary recommendation paper on the promotion of accessibility and connection of remote areas in southern and eastern BSR (http://www.ambercoastlogistics.eu/sites/default/files/acl_4.4_recommendations.pdf). Finally a guideline was elaborated summarising the results of WP 5 entitled: Strengthening the logistics sector

in the Baltic Sea Region (http://www.ambercoastlogistics.eu/sites/default/files/acl_activity_5.4b_final_report_0_0.pdf).

This paper covers an assessment of the experience gathered at four logistics centres in the BSR, which serves as a basis for the formulation of general recommendations for building, implementing and operating logistics centres.

Moreover the improvement of transport management, particularly the use of appropriate IT solutions, is a key element of ACL. Accordingly ACL has developed two IT solutions, which facilitate transport chain organisation, operation as well as logistics promotion:

1. The Transport Border EDI package, which improves the information flow between all partners in an intermodal transport chain. Especially for smaller ports like the port of Elblag this slim tool will be an enormous benefit. Selected ACL partners have taken over the task of promoting the tool further on.

2. The online service PORTlog is a marketing tool for logistic service providers.

The core idea is to act as a broker for professional contacts between service providers and (potential) clients. According to matching criteria, companies can be selected for specific purposes.

For more details on outputs and results please check the project homepage: www.ambercoastlogistics.eu.

An active involvement of the business sector was a core element of the ACL strategy. Close contacts with the business sector have been strengthened with the result to establish joint logistic activities and to learn about obstacles and challenges of border-crossing transport into the East. As a result ACL has significantly contributed to establish new business cooperation e.g. between the Ports of Klaipeda and Sassnitz as well as between the Logistics Centres of Frankfurt Oder (DE), Prilesie (BY) and Kaluga (RU).

To build up these and further cooperation ACL partners and associates joined networking events like TransRussia Moscow 2012 and the Transport & Logistics Fair in Minsk 2013.



Project Duration: Jun 2011 - Mar 2014
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 2.770.300,00
ERDF co-financing: 1.888.240,00
ENPI co-financing: 306.450,00
Norwegian national contribution: 0,00

List of partners

Port of Hamburg Marketing
20457 Hamburg | GERMANY
Pickhuben 6
Region: Hamburg
Contact person: Marina Rimpo
Phone: +49 40 37709 111
E-mail: rimpo@hafen-hamburg.de
Web: www.hafen-hamburg.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:557.500,00
ERDF co-financing:418.125,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Ferryport Sassnitz (FPS)
18546 Sassnitz | GERMANY
Im Fährhafen 1
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Patrick Schwabe
Phone: +49511 35384932
E-mail: schwabe@faehrhafen-sassnitz.de
Web: www.faehrhafen-sassnitz.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:162.600,00
ERDF co-financing:121.950,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services
21073 Hamburg | GERMANY
Schwarzenbergstraße 95D
Region: Hamburg
Contact person: Ralf Fiedler
Phone: +49 4042878 6038
E-mail: ralf.fiedler@tu-harburg.de
Web: www.cml.fraunhofer.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:127.500,00
ERDF co-financing:95.625,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Baltic Sea Forum e.V.
22525 Hamburg | GERMANY
Große Bahnstraße 31
Region: Hamburg
Contact person: Dr. rer. med. Markus Köhl
Phone: +49 (0)40 2393 698 1
E-mail: markus.koehl@baltic-sea-forum.org
Web: www.baltic-sea-forum.org
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:175.500,00
ERDF co-financing:131.625,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Investor Center East Brandenburg GmbH
15236 Frankfurt (Oder) | GERMANY
Im Technologiepark 1
Region: Brandenburg - Nordost
Contact person: Sybille Rehse
Phone: +49 335 557 2206
E-mail: rehse@ettc.de
Web: www.icob.de, www.kv-terminal.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:177.500,00
ERDF co-financing:133.125,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Elblag Sea Port Authority (ESPA)
82-300 Elblag | POLAND
Portowa str. 1-3
Region: Warminsko-Mazurskie
Contact person: Arkadiusz Zgliński
Phone: +48 (055) 234 57 66
E-mail: arkadiusz.zglinski@port.elblag.pl
Web: www.port.elblag.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:7.000,00
ERDF co-financing:5.950,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Institute of Logistics and Warehousing
61-755 Poznan | POLAND
E. Estkowskiego str. 6
Region: Wielkopolskie
Contact person: Tomasz Dowgielewicz
Phone: +48 61 8504949
E-mail: Tomasz.Dowgielewicz@ilim.poznan.pl
Web: www.ilim.poznan.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:112.800,00
ERDF co-financing:95.880,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
FDT – Association of Danish Transport and Logistics Centres
9100 Aalborg | DENMARK
Ved Stranden 22
Region: Nordjylland
Contact person: Kent Bentzen
Phone: +45 99 30 00 08
E-mail: fdt@ntu.eu
Web: www.fdt.dk
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:292.000,00
ERDF co-financing:219.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Scandinavian Transport Centre / Port of Køge
4600 Køge (KOEGE) | DENMARK
Baltic Kaj 1
Region: Sjælland
Contact person: Thomas Elm Kampmann
Phone: + 45 56 64 62 60
E-mail: tek@stc-koege.dk
Web: www.stc-koege.dk
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:137.500,00
ERDF co-financing:103.125,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Klaipeda State Seaport Authority (KSSA)
92251 Klaipeda | LITHUANIA
J. Jannonio Str. 24
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Kristina Gontier
Phone: +370 46 499 624
E-mail: k.gontier@port.lt
Web: www.portofklaipeda.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:25.500,00
ERDF co-financing:21.675,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
NPPE “Klaipeda Shipping Research centre”
92294 Klaipeda | LITHUANIA
Igulos 18A-5
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Prof. Vytautas Paulauskas
Phone: +370 46 255503
E-mail: donatasp@takas.lt
Web: NONE
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:79.000,00
ERDF co-financing:67.150,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and State Development Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
19048 Schwerin | GERMANY
Schlossstrasse 6-8
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Karl Schmude
Phone: +49-385-588-8412
E-mail: karl.schmude@em.mv-regierung.de
Web: www.regierung-mv.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:140.800,00
ERDF co-financing:105.600,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Freeport of Riga Authority (FRA)
1030 Riga | LATVIA
Saivas iela 40
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Leonids Loginovs
Phone: +371 7030847
E-mail: info@rop.lv
Web: www.freeportofriga.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:100.200,00
ERDF co-financing:85.170,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Latvian Logistics Association
1010 Riga | LATVIA
Skolas str. 21-605
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Normunds Krumins
Phone: +371 67790861
E-mail: normunds.krumins@lp.lv
Web: www.lla.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:102.300,00
ERDF co-financing:86.955,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Free Port of Ventspils Authority
3601 Ventspils | LATVIA
Jana str.19
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Igors Udodovs
Phone: +37163602334
E-mail: igors.udodovs@vbp.lv
Web: www.portofventspils.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:141.900,00
ERDF co-financing:120.615,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
CASE Belarus – Centre for Social and Economic Research Belarus
00-010 Warsaw | POLAND
ul.Sienkiewicza 12
Region: Mazowieckie
Contact person: Sierz Naurodski
Phone: +48 22 6226627
E-mail: sierz.naurodski@case-research.eu
Web: www.case.com.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:90.200,00
ERDF co-financing:76.670,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Scientific and Technological Park BNTU "Polytechnic"
220013 Minsk | BELARUS
Nezavisimosti Ave. 67-123
Region: Minskaya Oblastj, g. Minsk.
Contact person: Dmitry Solomakho
Phone: +375 17 292 76 78
E-mail: d.solomakho@bntu.by
Web: www.polytechnic.by
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:110.000,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Belarusian Association of International Forwarders
220012 Misnk | BELARUS
Chernyshevskogo str. 10A, room 401
Region: Minskaya Oblastj, g. Minsk.
Contact person: Elena Ilyina
Phone: +375172809939
E-mail: director@baifby.com
Web: /www.baifby.com
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:54.000,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
School of Business and Management of Technology of BSU
220030 Minsk | BELARUS
Oktyabrskaya Str.4, room 202
Region: Minskaya Oblastj, g. Minsk.
Contact person: Anatoly Denisovich Molokovich
Phone: +375 17 2104106
E-mail: Mol_A@tut.by
Web: www.sbmt.by
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:176.500,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00