Closer, Lindholmen Science Park, Lead Partner
Lindholmen Science Park (LSP) is an international collaborative science park for research, innovation and education within the areas Transport, ICT and Media. CLOSER is a Swedish platform and competence node for transport efficiency that gathers actors from academia, society and the business sector. It is coordinated by LSP run by partners such as for example Swedish Transport Administration, VINNOVA, Regions of Örebro and Västra Götaland, DB Schenker, DHL, Volvo, Scania, Chalmers University of Technology and others. The focus areas are Sustainable Transport corridors, High Capacity Transport and Urban Mobility. CLOSER runs three working groups within each of the themes where pre-studies and demonstration projects are being formed and set up according to the partners´needs. CLOSER also organises lots of events and workshops and every year the national conference on Transport Efficiency.
CLOSER at Lindholmen Science Park has been the coordinator for the SWIFTLY Green project.
Swedish Transport Administration
The Swedish transport administration is responsible for the overall long-term infrastructure planning of road, rail, sea and air transport. Our assignment also includes the construction, operation and maintenance of state roads and railways. We are developers of society and we plan ahead for a holistic integration of the entire transport system. In order for society to develop, the country’s transportation must work. Increased accessibility is becoming increasingly important.
Our assignment means that on a day to day basis, we must ensure that the roads and railway tracks are passable, that we have more roads with median barriers, that railway stations are adapted to the disabled, that combined terminals are developed, that travellers and road users receive speedy and relevant traffic information, that driving tests for driving licences are carried out and that everything else required is carried out to manage and develop a smart infrastructure.
The objective is an accessible and safe transportation system that takes account of the environment and people’s health. To achieve this objective, we need to work closely with the rest of society. Together, we can make life easier for the whole of Sweden.
The Swedish transport administration is responsible for the long-term planning of the transport system for road, rail, shipping and aviation. Our task is to develop an efficient and sustainable transport system from a perspective that encompasses all modes of transport. We work with long-term infrastructure planning in close dialogue with regions and municipalities. We are also responsible for building, operating and maintaining state roads and railways. In addition, we are responsible for ensuring that this infrastructure is used effectively and that it promotes safe and environmentally sound transportation.
Based on our overall assignment, we have formulated a vision statement that expresses the desired long-term direction for Swedish transport administration: “Everybody arrives smoothly, the green and safe way.” The vision is to act as a guiding principle in planning the operations which means that we will create the prerequisites for a robust and efficient transport system that is energy efficient and safe. At the same time, we ensure that road users and public transport providers have the opportunity to carry out their journeys and provide transportation.
Port of Trelleborg
Trelleborg port, situated in Skåne region on the southern bank of Sweden, is the largest Ro-Ro port in Scandinavia and the second within the Baltic Sea region. The history of the port dates back to the 16th century. In 1861 the Port Construction Company was founded and in 1909 the first train ferry service set off.
Port made from rail, road and ferries
Now Port of Trelleborg, fully owned by the local municipality since 2005, spans over 700 thousand m2, has 1,830 m of quay length, 10 Ro-Ro berths along with one berth for bulk cargo, two combi terminals and 44 thousand m2 of warehousing space, of which 24 thousand m2 has connection to railway tracks. In 2005 a new logistic centre was launched, offering 17 thousand m2 for cross-docking and warehousing (group age, part loads and intermodal reloading) as well as third party logistics was established, which broadened logistics services at the port. To manage freight handlings the Swedish port is equipped with three reach stackers, 20 tug-masters, 15 various terminal trucks and 27 cars. In terms of yearly throughput, Port of Trelleborg is Sweden’s second biggest port with an annual turnover of 10.2 mln tonnes in 2014.
Ro-ro cargo and ferry traffic are at the core of port’s business. In 2014 Port of Trelleborg handled almost 625 thousand cargo units. The cargo flow at the port is attracted by the new intermodal hub with connections to and from Northern Sweden and Norway. Three companies serve the ro-ro market at the port – TT-Line, Scandlines and,Unity Line, which also carry passengers to and from Germany (ports of Travemünde, Rostock and Sassnitz) and Poland (Port of Świnoujście). Last year 1.7 mln passengers passed through the port.
Port of Trelleborg fully understands challenges facing the port’s business in nowadays harsh financial climate. Further evolution of the port needs infrastructure investments. Trelleborg’s authority plans to improve the port’s capacity and efficiency. The work has started by constructing new breakwaters, dredging inner port water areas and the fairway to be finished in 2013.
New check-in facilities, access road as well as successive development of the new intermodal terminal are planned, too. The port’s strategy, called “Vision 2010-2015”, intends also to move ferry berths away from the inner port, so that grounds near the sea can be turned into attractive building plots.
Port of Trelleborgs overall goal is to be the cleanest port in the Baltic Sea. When Port of Trelleborg is developing the port we always take every opportunity to act as a forerunner when it comes to sustainable development. By leading one EU-project and being a partner in two major green EU-projects the last couple of years, it tackles environmental issues on a local and also on a regional scale as well as on the broader Baltic Sea region scale. Together these projects take a united approach in bringing forward environmental questions, with combating air pollution, eutrophication and climate change in the centre of attention.
To create a sustainable port both infers continuous work and that it is included in all core activities of the port. In the Port of Trelleborg we have recently implemented the installations of shore side electricity at all berths, port reception facilities of ship sewage, and facilities for collecting storm water. By being environmentally conscious as a port, we strive to that also the ships need to be updated in their environmental performance.
By serving as a good example ports can act as catalysts for cleaner shipping and in the long run cleaner transports. In the project Clean Baltic Sea Shipping, a major part is devoted to developing a Environmental Port Index for the Baltic Sea region. Such a port index is believed to act as a catalyst and indicator of good practice in environmental management of port and shipping interests as it will account for several environmental indices. Environmental shipping and port indexes are of paramount importance for several large ports and there will be a unique opportunity for the Baltic Sea Region to take the lead and provide an excellent show case for other maritime regions.
Network for Transport Measures (NTM)
The Network for Transport Measures, NTM is a non profit organisation, initiated in 1993 aiming at establishing a common base of values on how to assess and improve the environmental performance of transport services.
In order to promote and develop the environmental work in the transport sector, NTM acts for a common and accepted method for calculation of emissions, use of natural resources and other external effects from goods and passenger transport. The method is primarily developed for buyers and providers of transport services hence enable to measure to evaluate the environmental impact from transport and initiating relevant improvement measures.
Danish Transport Authority
Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V. à
Port of Hamburg Marketing is a registerd association and public private partnership formed by the Hamburg Port Authority and about 280 member companies representing the maritime transport chain to the port’s hinterland (e.g. terminal operators, railway undertakings, inland barge companies, shippers, ship owning companies, shipping agents, industry). Founded in 1985, for almost 30 years the association has acted with immense success for Hamburg as a port and logistics region. The port now enjoys a positive image worldwide, standing for professionalism, efficiency and innovation.
HHM is represented in Germany, the EU and internationally by 13 representative offices. These experts cultivate good contacts with numerous companies in trade & industry, the transport and logistics sector, trade associations and political decision-makers in the region.
The Port of Hamburg is Germany’s largest universal port. Jointly its members, Port of Hamburg Marketing is active worldwide to strengthen its position on the market against international competition.
Port of Hamburg Marketing brings great dedication and a host of activities to publicizing the port’s attractive location and all-round performance, along with its superb links with its hinterland. In the process, all its activities remain impartial as far as companies and competition go.
- European cooperation project expertise: Together with members as well as partners from the academic, commercial and public sectors, Port of Hamburg Marketing successfully tenders for projects enjoying EU and/or German national support. These address current aspects of transport policy and also the potential for optimizing transport and transhipment processes. This way, international marketing strategies are developed, or sustained traffic schemes for coastal shipping or the hinterland designed.
- Market research: Along with detailed market and transport data in the form of analyses and surveys, Port of Hamburg Marketing offers statistics and reports on progress in seaborne trade as a whole as well as hinterland traffic. In addition, data is offered on the latest market developments and trends.
- Member and customer events: Port of Hamburg Marketing is organizing a large number of customer events, visitor programs and is representing the port on trade fairs, congresses and events. Networking and information events provide a framework for panel discussions on current topics, expert lectures on innovations and services in Hamburg as a port and logistics region, as well as general trends and developments in the maritime sector.
- Publications, press activities, online media: HHM’s numerous publications offer a comprehensive overview of the Port of Hamburg’s potential and the latest developments, as well as insights into projects and special topics.
Freie Hansestadt Bremen
Technical University Berlin
Our basis of knowledge on how to meet the challenges of sustainable transport logistics has never been better; still we are unable to join forces and skills to truly move in this direction. Relevant knowledge is scattered. We tend to reinvent the wheel and we lack cumulative ability for true progress. Therefore we believe there is a need for a mutual knowledge platform where we create cooperative progress in a long-term perspective. The TEN-T-funded project SWIFTLY Green project has established a platform and is now launching the Green Corridor Portal.
Throughout the years, the European Commission, together with national initiatives and company driven projects have been carried out, aiming towards more sustainable transport logistics. For sure, there has been some progress, but we see a major lack in all these projects – a common cumulative learning ability. We need to be better at not inventing the wheel over and over again and to adopt good solutions. Therefore the project SWIFTLY Green decided to launch a neutral fact and result platform. The platform is named Green Corridor Portal where we have aimed to include results from all relevant projects and pilots that we have come across. The project ends in December 31, 2015 which means the portal will need to find its own funding to survive after this date.
The aim is to
…supports common learning through dissemination of findings in existing and coming projects
…provides insight and contacts to successful solutions for further implementation
…initiates new improvement measures
…provides access to relevant tools and data for measurement of progress
… evaluate relevant information through well specified criteria´s
Brenner Basistunnel BBT SE
BBT SE (Societas Europae) is a European public limited-liability company, wich is responsible for building the Brenner Base Tunnel between Austria ind Italy. The company’s shares are held equally by Austria and Italy.
The Brenner Base Tunnel is the heart of the Scandinavia-Medterranean TEN Corridor from Helsinki to La Valletta, Malta. The European Union is promoting the expansion of this transnational multimodal corridor and considers this work to be high-priority. The Brenner Base Corridor, as a cross-border project linking Austria and Italy, is particularly important.
The Brenner Base Tunnel (BBT) is a straight, flat railway tunnel between Austria and Italy. It runs from Innsbruck to Fortezza (55 km). If we add the Innsbruck railway bypass, which has already been built and which is the endpoint for the Brenner Base Tunnel, the entire tunnel system through the Alps is 64 km long. It is the longest underground rail link in the world. Two single-track main tubes are planned between Innsbruck and Fortezza, set about 70 m apart. Smaller tunnels connecting the two main tubes are located every 333 m. . In total, the tunnel system planned for the Brenner Base Tunnel will include about 230 km of tunnels. About 43 km of tunnels had been excavated by end of 2015. This means that roughly 19% of the total excavation length has already been completed.