The project is divided into 5 activities:
Activity 1: Interoperability in door-to-door MoS supply chains
This activity aims at improving interoperability and at evaluating electronic messages and systems for the exchange of crucial transport documents.
Activity 2: Trade and Transport Facilitation Initiatives in MoS
This Activity intends to 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 peripheral and ultra-peripheral regions. 14 initiatives will be carried out throughout the project.
Activity 3: Support for Regulation Compliance Systems in MoS
This Activity intends to prepare certain pilot actions that will assist port authorities, port community systems (PCS) and business stakeholders systems to efficiently comply with the requirements of Directive-2010/65/EU and with new National Single Windows (NSW).
Activity 4: Communication and Training
Activity 4 will focus on the communication and training tasks of the project. It is divided into two Sub-Activities – Communication and Training. At least 15 training seminars for port communities participating in the project will be organised in the ports.
Activity 5: Management and Coordination
This Activity covers the management and coordination activities of B2MoS that will be required throughout its duration. Adequate administrative and technical organisation structures, control procedures, quality and risk management, monitoring and auditing processes will be designed and followed as part of this activity.
The activities aim to contribute towards the following:
B2MoS will continue the work initiated during the first Action of the Global Project, MOS4MOS, facilitating the start-up of innovative integrated intermodal transport solutions and operations in the business sector while simplifying administrative requirements, supporting the Commission’s proposed initiatives in the field of greening transport.
B2MoS will capitalise on the extensive accumulated know-how and best capabilities for offering new services of different PCS operators, port authorities and private stakeholders. This way, the project will study advanced logistics conceptions and transport solutions that take advantage of existing large freight corridors and existing capacities used in global trade connections to introduce virtual faster and simpler EU lanes within these corridors by the improvement of processes and a better coordination among all stakeholders from origin to destination.
European and Mediterranean Scope
The Action also extends the geographical coverage to include not only Mediterranean connections as it was the initial focus of MOS4MOS but also European North-South and East-West connections. Some specific activities will include a first experience with neighbouring third country regions (i.e. North Africa) that will be further explored in subsequent actions of the Global Project. This wide coverage is handled by a high representative partnership established in relevant ports of the TEN-T core network where there is a high concentration of freight transport and shipping services and the activities of the B2MoS project will have a direct influence as the PCS of these ports are operated by partners of this Action (Bremerhaven, Hamburg, Felixstowe, Bristol, Immingham, Liverpool, London, Bilbao, Valencia, Barcelona, Livorno, Koper and Piraeus).
The B2MoS Action will address innovative technologies for more competitive transport operations providing reliable, environmentally friendly, efficient and economic services to customers. The project will pursue this general objective focusing on the following elements:
- Creation of a co-operative network of PCS and existing global carrier networks for optimised management and easier access and exchange of trade, logistics and transport information, looking for interoperability solutions from origin to destination in EU MoS North-South and East-West routes.
- Optimisation of processes taking place in intermodal transport among different stakeholders by means of simplifying and rationalising road-rail-maritime transport operations (exploiting real-time information exchanges), harmonising work-flows and procedures, and promoting the adoption of modern logistic and intermodal practices. This optimisation, pursuing a win-win approach, will encourage and facilitate the use of combined road-rail-sea transport.
- Support of better compliance of regulations by combining port and transport operations with its associated formalities that are required to be presented in NSW to comply with Directive 2010/65/EU as well as to contribute to the e-Customs initiative and to better comply with customs’ regulations. This support of better compliance of regulations for the industry will be based through consolidated networks well established in PCS and through the modernisation of existing port authority management systems.
- Promotion of environmentally friendly freight transport, addressing effective integration between different modes of transport that allow for an effective shift of cargoes from road to rail and waterborne transport as a result of the optimisation of processes in the intermodal transport chain (especially transhipments), and to encourage sustainable, environmental friendlier combinations of sea-rail-road transport by offering incentives to the greener transport routes. Some specific examples of such incentives could be found in a transparent discount of port dues for the cargo when the subsequent transport is using the railway mode or the simplification of Customs transit procedures for rail transport that exempts the application of a financial guarantee for transporting goods under this simplified procedure for rail.
- Real Co-modality
The B2MoS Action aims to achieve an efficient and cost effective combination of different transport modes i.e. real co-modality by means of a holistic strategy where the facilitation of trade, the simplification of the transport execution along the transport chain, the support for better compliance of regulations and the re-design of existing solutions jointly with the efficient sharing of information among relevant stakeholders will be the main drivers for contributing to a more environmentally friendly transport system. The following key issues are to be highlighted:
- The B2MoS Action will capitalise on the existing services offered by global carrier networks and PCS established in ports along the North-South and East-West axis. Thus, the Action will cover enhancements of the transport chain from its origin to its destination on major European North-South and East-West freight routes.
- The B2MoS Action will create a co-operative network in which PCS in different ports will look for interoperable solutions that will facilitate the intra-EU trade through MoS routes, strengthening the cohesion of the EU in these consolidated freight routes.
- The B2MoS Action will encourage and facilitate the use of combined road-rail-sea transport capitalising on different measures. The overall purpose of the B2MoS project will be to promote the adoption of modern logistic and intermodal practices by establishing a win-win co-operation that facilitates co-modality from origin to destination.
The final outcome of the Action will be the simplification and speeding up of the business arrangements and formalities for road-rail-sea transport. In this sense, the B2MoS global project is aligned with the promotion of MoS by encouraging maritime transport as an integral part of the logistics chain and also with the optimisation of competitive road-rail-sea operations.
Efficiency and competitiveness
B2MoS will enhance the efficiency and competitiveness of the relevant stakeholders involved in the transport chain, providing reliable, environmentally friendly, operational and economically efficient services to customers. It will demonstrate the proposed concept and will analyse the impact of using it by providing a set of solutions offered by the partners participating in the Action that will be combined efficiently from the origin of the goods up to its final destination, tightly adapted to the economic, social and environmental context of each EU country and port.
The B2MoS pilots will demonstrate a co-operative solution for multimodal road-rail-sea operations by connecting all relevant stakeholders through an open layer among existing systems (i.e. PCS, NSW, Customs’ systems, port authority management systems, etc) for electronic information exchange. The approach taken in the co-operative solution will be for each existing system to receive and send information to the systems of their partners. These partners may afterwards process and relay enriched information to their partners generating an added-value information chain in parallel to the added value given by the physical transport chain. This approach will help the modelling and implementation of business relationships and it will create virtual simplified and easy to use MoS lanes within global freight routes obtaining synergies and re-using the expensive infrastructures created within these routes for intra-EU traffic, transferring effectively traffic from EU road long-hauls towards the sea with minimum infrastructure expansions at ports.
The B2MoS pilots will be built on a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) which means that B2MoS will define open interfaces (services), looking towards seamless interoperability, that will perform a specific function within the road-rail-maritime operation. The technology and standards behind the implementation of these services will not be the driving factor for providing or using a service offered by a partner. There are many software tools and technical approaches that may solve these technical issues (i.e. different communication protocols or different message formats can be bridged or adapted with little effort to achieve effective cooperation). The primary driving factor will be the establishment of a cooperation framework among partners that enables information to be shared effectively in alignment with the working procedures of each stakeholder.