22 organisations and 5 implementing bodies participate in the project.
Grupo Contenosa (partner of B2MoS) incorporates several companies working in the transport and logistics sector such as NVOCC, logistic operator, freight forwarder, road transport and storage companies. They transport more than 56,000 TEUs a year, the group has more than 120 employees and acts as shipowner offering services between continental Europe and the Canary Islands, owning more than 1400 containers.
Grupo Romeu Multiservices (GRM) (partner of B2MoS): An IT company providing IT services and analysing and carrying out re-engineering processes for all the companies integrating Grupo Romeu. Among the companies that GRM give service to are: shipping agencies, shipping brokers, logistic operators (ie. TIBA), NVOCC (Transglory), port terminal operators, road and rail transport companies, container depots and customs brokers. They will be participating in several analyses and then carrying out several prototypes and pilots involving different companies of the Grupo Romeu.
Hafen Hamburg Marketing (partner of B2MoS) is a private association that takes care of marketing activities for the Port of Hamburg, the neighbouring ports in the region, and for numerous other member firms. HHM’s many and varied activities at home and abroad help strengthen the Port of Hamburg’s competitive position. HHM serves as the starting point for all enquiries about the port from German and foreign partners. The association treats all questions neutrally and helps create contacts, without furthering the particular interests of individual companies. HHM and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) work together to further cooperation with inland ports and other seaports. The goal is to exchange information, support marketing activities and to promote joint presentations and training programmes.
IB Srl (implementing body): IB is specialised in designing and manufacturing information systems (Asset Lifecycle Management), and their implications on the environment, security and safety. It is based in Rapallo (Genoa), with presence and offices in Naples, Rome and Milan. IB as part of the innovation project MIELE (TEN-T), is one of the “Implementing Body” of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (MIT) for the design, development and implementation of the Maritime Single Window to maximise the efficiency of the interchange of data. This suite may be applied in different and peculiar scenarios such as shipowners community, ports, national as SPOC (Single Point of Contact) or logistic (inland terminals, corridors or districts).
IFS (partner of B2MoS) Born in Valencia under the name of IFS International Forwarding S.A. in 1985, as a family company since its beginning, IFS offered groupage services under the NVOCC brand “IFS Maritime Service Lines” to all the active professionals of the maritime trade, rapidly growing in the Mediterranean area. Soon afterwards, in 1995, a brand for NVOCC activities “IFS Neutral Maritime Service” was established in Spain, USA, Portugal and Mexico, with the aim of offering professional solutions of the highest quality to the freight forwarder community –exclusively-; hence its Neutral categorisation.
Intereuropa Group (partner of B2MoS) provides global logistics solutions and services in seafreight, land transport, automotive logistics, airfreight and customs services. It has 17 affiliates in 10 countries, particularly across South Eastern Europe from Slovenia to EU neighbouring countries (Albania, BIH, Croatia, Kosovo, FYROM, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine).
Italian Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (partner of B2MoS) will participate in the activity via its own direct involvement and via the work of its implementing bodies:
- Port Authority of Livorno
- Port Authority of Civitavecchia
- IB Srl
- RINA Services S.p.A.
Luka Koper (partner of B2MoS) is the company operating all the terminals and the entire area of the Port of Koper, Slovenia. To be able to exchange data with freight forwarders and shipping agents, the system TinO was developed. It has replaced key applications on “mainframe” computers to cover core business areas like cargo handling and warehousing services for all types of goods, complemented by a range of additional services for cargo with the aim of providing a comprehensive logistics support for its customers. It is interrelated to specialized software such as the Environment Resources Management as well as a Warehouse Management System and Terminal Operation Systems.
Maritime Cargo Processing plc (MCP) (partner of B2MoS) is the UK’s leading port community system specialist, their ethos is based around its commitment to provide a complete cargo community system. MCP’s port community system (PCS), Destin8, handles and processes huge volumes of data and information relating to international trade – collecting, storing, exchanging and distributing it among and between almost 750 companies and Government Agencies involved in international trade and transport. Destin8 operates in several UK ports and inland clearance locations, including Felixstowe, Harwich, Ipswich, Immingham, Hull, Teesport, Tyne, Grangemouth, Aberdeen, Greenock, Liverpool, Bristol, London Thamesport and Tilbury together representing some 75% of UK container throughput and a major proportion of general (non-unitised) cargo.
Neptune Lines (partner of B2MoS): A key player in the Mediterranean car carrier market with an integrated agency network and independently operated car terminals. They operate services uniting all the Mediterranean ports participating in B2MoS and connecting them to other ports in France, Malta, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.
Piraeus, the largest port in Greece and one of the largest in the Mediterranean, is a lever of development of international trade, and the local and national economies. With a history starting from 1924, the port today has multiple activities related to the commercial port, port, ship services and its development and exploitation. The port of Piraeus is the hub for the connection of the islands with mainland Greece, international cruise center and commercial hub for the Mediterranean, providing services to ships of all types and sizes. The PPA currently employs more than 1,500 employees, serves more than 24,000 vessels annually, contributes to the development of local and national economy, and continues its growth by upgrading infrastructure and services.
Port Authority of Bilbao (partner of B2MoS) which operates e-puertobilbao, the port community system of Bilbao. The e-puertobilbao telematics platform is the Bilbao Port Authority’s pledge to improve document interchange and communications with companies in the port community in such a way that its services offer enables the maximum competitive positioning possible for the companies participating in the Bilbao maritime-port business.
Port Authority of Civitavecchia (implementing body): Civitavecchia plays an important role in the strategic national infrastructure network and logistics system and in the Mediterranean basin. Placed in a complex infrastructure framework – with important connections to roads and highways, railways, airports and sea – the Port of Civitavecchia meets different demands with high volumes of cruises, passengers and commercial traffic. The Port also holds a key competitive advantage, represented by the availability of approximately 5 million square meters of inland port area, resulting from the rationalization of port areas and functional to trade traffic. Grimaldi Group operates the transport of refrigerated containers on the Civitavecchia-Barcelona line.
Port Authority of Livorno (implementing body): Operating the Tuscan Port Community System (TPCS), a web based application with SOA services devised to support the Port Community along all the commercial and administrative processes linked to Customs clearance procedures. The TPCS platform is intended to be modular and open to new functionalities and implementations that the Port Community itself could require. The platform allows access to data not only for the Public Administrations in charge of control operations but also for more than 140 users (shipping agencies, freight forwarders, terminals…) that use the TPCS for their daily activities. More than 140.000 Bills of Lading and 5500 calls have been processed through the TPCS platform in 2012. Dry ports of Livorno, Prato and Padova will also support the interoperability studies as stakeholders.
Portic (partner of B2MoS) operates the port community system of Barcelona with the mission of improve the competitive position of the companies of the logistics port community of Barcelona through the use of an electronic platform that simplifies the interaction among them. Portic is an alliance partner of INTTRA.
PortIC increases the competitiveness of the companies in the Port Logistics Community by making processes more effective and efficient.
RINA Services S.p.A. is a company belonging to the operative organisation of Registro Italiano Navale in the sector of ship classification, certification and control and services for industry, training, assistance and research. RINA has operated as an international certification body since 1989, as a direct consequence of its historic commitment to save human life at sea, safeguard property and protect the marine environment in the interest of all its stakeholders, as established in its Statute and transferring its experience to other fields as well. RINA’s mission is to raise the quality level on the market as it is aware that measures to enhance safety, protect the environment and minimise social impact can only add to the value of organisations that adopt them. Today RINA is a company Group, with 140 offices spread over 49 different countries of the world, where 2100 exclusive resources work in the sectors of environment, energy, transport, logistics, safety, quality and social accountability, providing competency and experience through a wide range of services aimed supporting industry and the community to improve the activities and quality of life.
TIBA (partner of B2MoS) is a freight forwarder in Spain specializing in shipping by sea, air and land transport. They have extensive experience as a customs broker, being one of the first AEO certified freight forwarders in Spain. Their presence as a freight forwarder in Spain dates back to 1975 when they opened their first office in Valencia, where their headquarters are now. Barcelona was opened next in order to consolidate TIBA as a leading import and export freight forwarder in Spain. Then followed Alicante, Madrid, Bilbao, Algeciras, Vigo, Las Palmas, Tenerife and more recently Tarragona. They will provide the perspective of a large international freight forwarder (they are established in Angola, Algeria, Cape Verde, Mexico, Mozambique, Portugal and Spain).