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Intermodality and Interoperability in the Baltic Sea Region - InterBatlic (InterBaltic)
Start date: Dec 27, 2005, End date: Dec 30, 2007 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The InterBaltic project is initiated by the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission and seconded by the Baltic Development Forum, based on the assumption that there will be a considerable increase in transportation and logistics within, to and from, and through the Baltic Sea region. This situation will affect political decisions, business development and living conditions in general.The main objective of this pan Baltic project – attended by 43 partners from 10 countries - is to give recom men dations to private and public decision-makers at regional, national and international level - on building up efficient intermodal transport systems able to cope with the future cargo flows. The project will mainly build these strategies on findings from other projects and transport initiatives by working in close cooperation with other transport related projects and organisations in the Baltic Sea region.In particular the project has focus on:North–South transports – e.g. bringing seafood, minerals and industrial products from North to Central EuropeEast-West transports – trying to get positive effects out of increased intercontinental transports between USA / Western Europe and Russia / Far East (China) through the Baltic Sea Region.Motorways of the Baltic Sea - giving the concept of MoS content, considering elements of particular interest for the Baltic Sea. This includes good connections to the North Sea / North Atlantic area and to hinterland (dry ports/ logistic centres)The Baltic Ring – strengthening the internal intermodal transport systems between the countries around the Baltic Sea, by developing improved interoperability across national borders.The aim of the project is also to form a political platform including local, regional and national level in the Baltic Sea Region in terms of influencing on EU transport policy, and also follow up and setting EU policy into action for positive effect on regional development and cohesion. As one important tool in establishing a common understanding for the transport challenges in the region, and to develop a common transport strategy for the region - the project will organise a High Level Group aimed at continuing its function also beyond the lifetime of the project. This group will include private companies and public authorities at regional and national level as well as representatives of pan-Baltic organisations interested in transport issues. Achievements: The project initiated a sustainable network between private players, public authorities and research institutions in the transport sector in order to communicate and find solutions to the challenges related with the globalisation processes and subsequent increase in transport flows within, to, from and through the Baltic Sea region. The network was solidified in form of a High Level Group on Transports for Sustainable Growth in the Baltic Sea Region, composed of approximately 15 dedicated and high-level representatives from national ministries, large corporations and representatives of pan-Baltic and regional organisations. The Group meets at least once a year in order to identify bottlenecks and weak links that are currently hampering economic development in the region – and thereby to influence regional, national and European transport policy and plans.The project produced a framework for the Baltic Sea region masterplan, which contains recommendations for a common transport strategy in the BSR – planned to be carried out in the next programming period. The masterplan framework, consulted among project partners and other transport stakeholders, comprises project findings and resulting recommendations in the following fields:1) Axes and corridors, including Euro-Asian transport connections, seen in the context of the EU transport policy developments2) Motorways of the Baltic Sea,3) Horizontal measures, with emphasis on development needs in the EU – Russia logistics, border crossings, dry ports and information support for cooperation between the countries,4) Cooperation structures and implementation mechanisms.The project developed a concept and software application for an ICT toolbox for business users (incl. SMEs) in order to help them plan door-to-door transport options. The tool, tested in the project, is intended to provide access to all intermodal links and services between requested departure and destination points. By using the tool the users will have possibility to arrange a combination of intermodal services as a substitute for a road-only transport; will be informed on alternatives on time, cost and reliability of the service and will be relieved from much burden on collecting all necessary documents.The project delivered guidelines for planning of dry ports understood as extended gates (yards) for a sea port, with operational connection to a sea port terminal. The deliverable can serve as a decision tool for dry port development in the BSR within the framework of the EU transport policy.The project delivered some demonstration actions in the area of seafood transport chains from the North Atlantic coast to the South Baltic area. They aimed at finding feasible intermodal transport chains from the production sites in the Norwegian region of Nordland to the consumption area in Poland. In effect of the project, an action plan for seafood transport will be endorsed by the Nordland county authorities. Further, following the discussion in the cluster of seafood producers and seafood processing industry, the train services between the origin and destination areas for this chain are envisaged for launching (subject of a Marco Polo project application prepared within the framework of the InterBaltic project).The project defined and described possibilities of creating a transport chain for forestry products between the mid-Nordic area and the Far East, based on a network formed in the North East Cargo Link Alliance (NECLA) as one of the partners in the InterBaltic project. Moreover, it found solutions for establishing a containerized transport chain for chemicals between these two geographical areas.Finally, the project was acknowledged an important starting point for the preparation and implementation of a pan-Baltic multimodal transport strategy, which will become a subject of an upcoming strategic project, being in the preparation stage to the BSR Programme under the leadership of Region Skåne.
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