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ACL - Successful conclusion: 120 participants at the Final Conference of ACL

Hamburg, Feb. 27th: Amber Coast Logistics was officially concluded last week in Hamburg with the Final Conference. High-ranking speakers attended the event. The conference entitled “Challenges, concepts and recommendations – the transport and logistics sector in the Baltic region” brought the ACL project to a successful end after a period of around two and a half years. Some 120 international experts from politics and business took part in the high-level event organised by Port of Hamburg Marketing, the lead partner of the project. High-ranking representatives from the politics and the business sector were among the speakers. James Pond, Senior Consultant for the TEN-T Corridor “North Sea-Baltic” of the European Commission, emphasised the significance of the project in the context of the European Commission’s transport strategy in his opening address: “The goals of ACL are in line with the new TEN-T Core Network Policy,” said Pond. One of the most important tasks of ACL had been to link the hinterland in the Southern and Eastern Baltic Sea region, in particular Belarus, better to the existing transport corridors. This was also one of the greatest challenges in establishing the Core Network corridors. “The Amber Coast Logistics project is a good example of how the economic relations between the countries bordering the Baltic Sea can be strengthened. The networking of the logistics chains brings the countries of Eastern and Western Europe even closer together. That will further strengthen the European Economic Area,” said Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and coordinator of the German Federal government for the maritime sector, underlining the importance of ACL. One of the prominent speakers in the first theme session of the conference was Kurt Bodewig, retired Federal Minister, Board Chairman of the ACL project partner, Baltic Sea Forum, maritime ambassador of the European Commission and Chairman of the governmental commission for sustainable infrastructure financing. “Germany has a functioning infrastructure, but even it is becoming outdated,” said Bodewig. Leif Pedersen, owner and managing director of the Danish logistics company ICT Logistics presented a lively real-life report. ICT has specialised in particular on transport operations in the Baltic Sea region. Its drivers are confronted every day with a variety of problems that make the transport time and cost-intensive, including long waiting times at border crossings and the length of time taken for customs clearance – a problem that was also analysed in several project studies. “Our drivers’ waiting time at border crossings from east to west and vice versa during the course of a year adds up to 49,500 days – and that is no exaggeration,” reported Pedersen. “That is money down the drain.” “It is the organisational hurdles that we mainly have to overcome” In the second session, Sergey Bogdanovich, Deputy Director for multimodal transports at the Russian logistics company Krafttrans reported on “West-east transport between EU and non-EU countries”. He highlighted the positive development of the Belarussian transport and logistics sector: “In 2012 Belarus had some 1.5 million transit consignments, representing an increase of around ten percent compared with 2011.” ACL is one of the few projects in which Belarussian partners are involved, the Belarussian Association of International Forwarders (BAIF), the Scientific and Technological Park research institute BNTU – “Polytechnic” and the economic institute of the Belarussian state university, School of Business and Management of Technology BSU. In the final podium discussion, the speakers emphasised once again how important it is to enter into dialogue with one another. “We have to overcome not only technical or infrastructural problems, but also and more importantly organisational hurdles in order to promote the transnational transport sector in der Baltic Sea region,” said Mindaugas Butnorius, head of logistics projects at JSC Lithuanian Railways. According to Ákos Érsek, communication and strategy advisor at the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport, the business has to become more integrated: “The subject of transport has been the playground for politicians for far too long.” At the end of the conference, Axel Mattern, Board member at HHM, highlighted once again the annual turnover figures of the Port of Hamburg which had been announced just before the conference: “In 2013 we achieved a total goods turnover of 139 million tonnes in the Port of Hamburg, corresponding to an increase of 6.2 percent, attributable in particular to the increasing trans-shipment traffic in the Baltic region. If only to safeguard this development for the future, we will continue to work to strengthen cooperations and marketing activities to the benefit of shipping agents and the transport business in the Baltic Sea region.”

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Project acronym: ACL

Project title: Amber Coast Logistics

Application call: 4

Priority: 2. Internal and external accessibility

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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