FUTURE TRANSPORT SYSTEMS FOR EUROPEAN PORTS Discussions surrounding future transport systems were in focus when Mr Pat Cox, European Coordinator for the ScanMed Core Network Corridor, visited Copenhagen Malmö Port last month.
ogether with the CEOs of 25 core European ports, Mr Pat Cox organized a wide-ranging workshop, a so-called ScanMed Ideas Laboratory. The primary purpose of this ideas lab was to highlight good examples and exchange experiences between the ports in order to develop a more effective and sustainable transport corridor. - The ScanMed Corridor, which I have the privilege to coordinate, offers many good examples in the fields of efficiency, collaboration and sustainability. It is my goal to facilitate peer-to-peer exchanges. This Ideas Lab in Copenhagen Malmo Port was a wonderful success: almost every port along the ScanMed Corridor was represented, and very interesting examples were presented. Collaboration is key for Europe’s future transport system. For that reason, this ideas lab was just a start of a larger exercise, bringing together, among others, train operators, logistic companies and rail-road terminals. This will certainly encourage the emergence of innovative ecosystems, including new businesses and environmental friendly solutions, says Pat Cox, European Coordinator for the ScanMed Core Network Corridor. EIGHT COUNTRIES The ScanMed corridor links Scandinavia with the Mediterranean Sea. The multimodal route passes through eight European countries: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy and Malta, and extends over several regions which together generate more than 27% of the EU’s GDP. - Being a so-called European Core Port, which CMP is, entails a major responsibility and places requirements on effectiveness in order to be
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attractive. We view collaboration with other ports as self-evident, both nationally and internationally, in order to support development of the future transport system. The discussions yesterday have maintained a high level and been very rewarding. I am really positive about continuing discussions in the future. Naturally, we are particularly proud that the European Commission has chosen to locate the first meeting here in Malmö, says Johan Röstin, CEO of Copenhagen Malmö Port AB. The flows of freight are absolutely decisive for flexible and cost-effective transportation. The ScanMed Corridor utilises the existing infrastructure effectively, taking into account, local shipping and ocean-going vessels, but also railways, roads, airports and rail-road terminals. CROSS-BORDER COLLABORATION Gert Nørgaard is Strategy & Planning Manager within CMP and took part in one of the ideas lab’s working parties. - We discussed the ports’ organisation, what opportunities a merger might provide, and other collaborations to make the ports more effective, he says. I used the example of the formation of CMP, which is a cross-border collaboration. - The ongoing cooperation with Region Gotland in relation to cruise traffic in the Baltic was also presented, Gert Nørgaard continues. In addition, we touched on our collaboration with the ports in Luleå, Lübeck and Venice, which focusses on transfer of RoRo freight to trains and boats in the ScanMed-corridor.
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