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European Motorways of the Sea

The maritime motorways are considered the maritime pillar of the Trans-European Transport Network contributing towards the achievement of a European Maritime Transport Space without barriers for Short Sea Shipping.

Last week we attended a focal point meeting organized by EUs transport department, DG Move​. Motorways of the Seas (MoS) was presented. 

MoS has the following main pillars:

  • Environment
  • Integration of Maritime Transport in logistic chains
  • Maritime safety, traffic management, human element/training

MoS Pillar I – Deployment of alternative clean fuels and green shipping:

  • Technologies reducing CO2 (climate change)
  • Facilities for LNG, methanol and other clean fuels in ports and aboard vessels incl. bunkering barges
  • Technologies reducing NOx emissions
  • On-shore power supply systems for ships
  • Batteries (fuel cell)
  • Energy efficiency measures on ships (hull, propellers, re-blading etc)
  • Technologies reducing SOx (scrubbers only for installations going beyond the scope

MoS Pillar II - Port infrastructure development & upgrade of maritime links

  • Develop the port infrastructure, handling facilities, freight terminals, logistic platforms and freight villages together with improved port access
  • Develop reliable short sea shipping transport services integrated within door-to-door logistics chains and connecting core network corridors
  • Improve logistics and administrative ICT management systems
  • Increase safety and security during port handling operations
  • Increase the environmental performance of ships on dedicated MoS links in conjunction with port investments

MoS Pillar III – Safety/Human Element/Traffic Management

  • Safety operations (icebreaking, surveying, vessel control, contingency planning)
  • Vocational training
  • Sea Traffic Management

MoS offers the following support:

  • Implementation works. Upgrade of maritime links (ship and port investments combined). Involvement of at least one European core port, one comprehensive port and one maritime operator on the link concerned. Dedicated lines serving the involved ports. Vessel upgrades for environmental purposes or other ancillary investments. Significant port investments.
  • Wider benefit actions. Addressing industry needs widely (e.g. coherent investments in a group of ports for LNG filling stations or coherent set of investments in port reception facilities in a region).
  • Pilot actions. Projects testing or deploying new technological solutions in operational conditions. Innovative and unique.

In 2014-2015, 40 actions have been supported with € 358 million in grants, of which 25 environment actions, 10 integration/logistics actions and 5 human element/traffic actions.

MoS offers the following funding rates:

  • 30% for infrastructure works and facilities (implementation projects)
  • 50% for pilot actions
  • Up to 85% for all type of projects in Cohesion Countries (mainly East-European countries) submitted under the Cohesion Call

For further calls MoS will have the following priorities:

  • Environment
    • Greening of EU fleet
    • Compliance with strict environmental legislation
    • Alternative fuel infrastructure
    • NOx emission control area
    • Ballast Water Management Convention
    • Operational pollution: 1. Sewage, 2. Scrubber waste, 3. Hull cleaning
  • Logistics
    • Allocate more funds with a focus on core ports and upgrade of maritime link
    • MoS - integration and interoperability of the EU transport system
    • Projects: land access to ports with MoS dimension
    • Maritime spatial planning
  • Safety/training/STM
    • Industrial safety vs. port security
    • Traffic management linked with optimization of operations
    • Training – LNG related + bunkering

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