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ACL - Outlook on summary paper: Recommendations on the promotion of accessibility

Amber Coast Logistics is drawing to an end, the project partners are summing up the activities they have been working on during the last two years and the final conference on February 27, 2014 is being prepared.

Fundamental findings of the mentioned work have been merged in form of a summary paper, containing the findings of several studies on the southeastern Baltic Sea region. The paper shall be used as an instrument for stakeholders from politics and logistics, helping to name major challenges in the region. It will be published at the beginning of February 2014.

Abstracts of the summary paper

To give a first impression of the major outcomes of ACL, the partners are releasing some abstracts of the paper in advance:

Analysis within the project have shown that the Amber Coast region distinguishes itself with its dense rail, road and ferry network and its good accessibility between ports and logistics centres. Strong tradition of rail and road freight, common in almost all ACL countries, surmises a unique basement of experiences and know-how within this field. Nevertheless, due to natural conditions such as snow and ice during winter many hinterland areas are still not adequately connected to the transportation network. Despite challenges concerning the inland infrastructure in most of the countries and on shorter maritime transport routes, inland transportation is still more attractive as shipment.

Not synchronised management systems, long customs procedures, significant delays at the borders as well as an inefficient customs regime in some of the countries are just the beginning of the list of problems concerning the time efficiency of transports. Possibilities lie in new ICTs for intermodal cargo transport. If the ACL countries will improve the above-named weak points, border crossing time, custom procedures, and the use of incompatible ICT systems can be reduced.

Recommendations on the improvement of accessibility

The core findings have been furthermore adapted into specific recommendations on the improvement of the accessibility and attractiveness of the Amber Coast region. The recommendations have been defined for each country, for example for:

Poland

More than 80 % of the Polish cargo traffic is transported by road. This is the second highest share in the ACL region.

Since transport by rail is a more environmental friendly and is offering advantages in transport costs compared to transportation of goods by road, it is advised to invest in a modernisation and subsequently in an expansion of the railway network and to shift cargo flows from road to rail in medium term in order to avoid congestion of the road network, currently in expansion, throughout increasing traffic volumes.

Lithuania

With a share of 60 %, road is cargo transport mode number one in Lithuania. Under this aspect and a prospectively growth of cargo volumes over the next years it is highly recommended to promote railway transport in Lithuania stating environmental and economic advantages compared to road transports. Thus, it can be necessary to do further investments for modernising the railway network towards a more efficient and faster mode of transport than transport by road.

The complete summary paper will shortly be uploaded in the results section on the ACL website.

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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