REMARCC II: Network of Regional MARitime Competenc.. (REMARCC II)
REMARCC II: Network of Regional MARitime Competence Centres - A Regional Maritime Strategy for Promoting Intermodal Transport, ICT and Network Opportunities within the North Sea Region
Start date: Sep 29, 2002,
End date: Dec 30, 2005
Traffic and congestion on our roads are increasing at very rapid rates across many European cities. A good share of this congestion is due to the movement of freight by road. The main aim of "Network of Regional Maritime Competence Centres II" (REMARCC II) is to create and promote competitive and sustainable intermodal transport systems in the North Sea region with waterborne transport (short sea shipping and inland navigation) as the main leg. Achievements: REMARCC (Network of Regional Maritime Competence Centres) II has succeeded in promoting Intermodal transport crossing the North Sea Region. The effects of this and the recommendations from the project may have substantial environmental benefits if they are implemented in all relevant sectors and levels. One very interesting result from the project was the identification of a large gap between the sustainable transportation policy goals both on EU level and national level and the daily practice among transport operators and buyers. It turns out that environmental issues or goals have not had any measurable effects on daily practice at all.The project stated that the follow up of old shippers that shifted cargo from road to sea has been rather problematic. Change in internal logistic processes requires a certain period of time and are moreover not transparent to external persons. Hence, potential impacts on shippers and their company related modal splits exclusively attributable to the Remarcc II project can only remain to be estimated.
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