The Business to Motorways of the Sea (B2MoS) global project aims to provide a suitable array of measures in order for ports to become efficient gateways for short sea shipping in order to compete on more door-to-door corridors and facilitate the development of TEN-T Motorways of the Sea (MoS) network connecting Europe. The project is contributing to establishing a European maritime space without barriers by facilitating and simplifying compliance with regulations and by promoting intermodal sustainable transport solutions that reinforce the MoS strategy and that take full advantage of existing port facilities and short sea capacities.
The project intends to demonstrate how the application of emerging and existing technologies sustained by efficient communication procedures and collaborative information exchanges among public and private stakeholders can improve, promote and simplify the use of multimodal short-sea services by using MoS.
The B2MoS is establishing a European network of integrated MoS transport chains, taking full advantage of existing maritime links and facilities, connecting maritime, road and rail resources optimally. The project contributes to promote green, viable, attractive and efficient sea-based transport links integrated in the entire transport chain, and its implementation will help to rebalance the EU’s transport system towards a more sustainable one.
This global project was already initiated by the MOS4MOS Action (http://wwwmos4mos.eu) approved during the 2010 Call and selected as one of the successful TEN-T project implementations in 2012 (http://tentea.ec.europa.eu/en/ten-t_implementation_successes/2010-eu-21102-s.htm), and published in the “10 (More) of TEN” (http://tentea.ec.europa.eu/download/publications/brochure_tentea_20124398_final_low.pdf ) publication by the TEN-T Executive Agency. Action.
B2MOS intends to continue with the work of preparing new trade and operational services from the business and port sectors’ perspectives, but extending its scope not only to Mediterranean ports but also to all the European ports and exploring interactions with ports of neighbouring third countries for a smooth access to the MoS. By enlarging the geographical coverage of the global project, new opportunities arise for connecting the regions of Europe, improving transport flows and establishing major interoperable transport corridors by adopting innovative technological solutions and simplified procedures. The global project is aiming for the concentration of freight flows in European North-South and West-East maritime routes strengthening the cohesion of the EU and revitalising peripheral and ultra-peripheral regions. It is expected that in future actions of this global project, synergies and existing experiences gained in port level.
The B2MoS Action is an innovative study which takes the form of pilot actions principally aimed at preparing and adapting business communities and port authorities’ systems to the requirements of Directive 2010/65/EU, providing interoperable electronic documents and messages (ie. electronic sea waybill) intending to boost the efficiency of door-to-door MoS supply chains, facilitating intra-Community trade and increasing European territorial cohesion.
The main objective of the B2MoS Action is to design, prototype, pilot and demonstrate a set of IT solutions that will prepare business stakeholders, port management and PCS to efficiently comply with the requirements of Directive 2010/65/EU and with new National Single Windows (as defined by the respective Member States); improve interoperability and pilot electronic messages and systems for the exchange of crucial transport documents such as the electronic sea waybill, rail consignment note and commercial invoice; extend the electronic T2L initiative and promote mutual recognition among Member States of the proof of EU Community Status by electronic means; facilitate trade and promote the use of MoS by removing obstacles to intra-Community freight transport by sea and piloting IT solutions to increase cohesion and facilitate trade with ultra-peripheral regions.
More specifically, the goals of the Action are:
- Preparing port management, port community systems and business stakeholders’ systems to efficiently comply with the requirements of Directive 2010/65/EU and with new National Single Windows.
- Improving interoperability of electronic messages and systems for the exchange of crucial transport documents such as the electronic sea waybill, rail consignment note and commercial invoice.
- Extending the electronic T2L initiative, piloting its interoperability among Member States and promoting mutual recognition among Member States of the proof of EU Community Status by electronic means.
- Improving the exchange of information of public and private organisations and promoting their operational cooperation to increase the efficiency of MoS.
- Boosting the development of a TEN-T MoS network connecting North and South Europe and East and West regions in the Mediterranean area and improving European cohesion by simplifying specific administrative procedures affecting ultra-peripheral and peripheral regions and reducing barriers to intra-Community trade.
The prototypes will be piloted by public organisations and business stakeholders offering road, rail, inland navigation and maritime services in existing MoS services connecting the Member States participating in the study: Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Slovenia and Greece.
B2MoS will yield cost-benefit assessment of the future implementation of the prototypes designed in the project, training and dissemination of port communities in several EU countries, recommendations in terms of EU transport policy and standardisation as well as specific implementation plans for the different IT solutions piloted in the project. In order to increase European cohesion and for maritime transport to become a part of the digital economy and the information society, the Action will also look at balancing the use of IT tools on the origin and destination of MoS routes.