The EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) is an important tool for bringing about closer, more coordinated and more focused cooperation, which will enable regions in eight Member States to plan, prioritize and implement activities, towards the same goals, in a more coordinated way.
This is why the Ports of Aarhus, Gothenburg and Tallinn have proposed a common Hub and Spokes concept under Motorways of the Sea. This concept is the backbone of the Action. The project is an ambitious, contemporary and far-sighted action to create the necessary framework for an integrated maritime transport system, which will promote and support a cost-effective and efficient door-to-door transport solution, link trade to transport and facilitate growth in the entire BSR.
Building stronger hubs in the BSR with strong feeder relations will attract direct calls by global carriers, safeguard the development of the BSR and relieve the pressure on the continental hubs and thereby allocate more capacity to handle their natural hinterland. Moreover, the Action will deal with current transport challenges, such as the massive flow in container and trailer traffic on over-burdened European road systems.
The action consists of 4 main activities: The Marine Integration Project (MIP), Port Access Aarhus, Port Access Gothenburg and Port Security Tallinn.
Thus, the main objectives of the action are to facilitate an efficient, environmentally friendly and attractive intermodal transport solution for the BSR and to improve access to markets in BSR. This will increase possibilities for trade and growth in the region and, in direct continuation hereof, an increase in the flow of goods by sea will help the BSR feeder ports grow and develop and make the BSR countries more competitive. I.e., the initiative will not only boost the economy by facilitating trade but also help make the BSR more resilient to shocks generated externally.
The Baltic Sea Hub and Spokes system is a joint project of the ports of Gothenburg, Aarhus and Tallinn. In a wider perspective and in a later phase, the action will also aim to include other ports in the Baltic Sea geographical area and neighbouring countries.
State of progress on 31 October 2012:
Parts of the project have suffered delays. The beneficiaries are undertaking the necessary steps and have put in place the required mitigation measures. Consequently the Action has been modified to take into account the Activities that actually will be completed by the end of the Action and the overall budget and TEN-T co-funding have been reduced accordingly.
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This project was also the subject of a press release issued by the Agency.
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Member States involved:
Sweden, Denmark, Estonia
Start date: January 2010
End date: December 2013
Beneficiaries & Implementing bodies:
Municipality of Aarhus
Port of Gothenburg
APM Terminals Gothenburg AB
Port of Tallinn
Coordinator’s Report of the Priority Project
European Commission, DG MOVE