Sustainable and Multimodal Transport Actions in the Scandinavian-Adriatic Corridor
The project Scandria2Act successfully established a formal cooperation of regions at the Baltic Sea for modern transport along one of the nine European transport corridors, which will help those regions to contribute to shaping the corridor and to benefit from it economically in the long run.
GREEN CRUISE PORT - Sustainable Development of Cruise Port Locations
In the Interreg project Green Cruise Ports, eight major cruise ports at the Baltic Sea lifted sustainability up on their agenda and committed themselves to decoupling growth from negative environmental impact of port and vessel operations; they jointly established an action plan for more sustainable investments over the next ten years.
Diving with State Maritime Resources in The Baltic
The Interreg project DiveSMART-Baltic mapped competences of divers in nine countries around the Baltic Sea, and equipped rescue centres, rescue services and other involved services with operational procedures that harmonise and accelerate joint search and rescue missions in an underwater environment in order to save more human lives.
Environmental Impact of Low Emission Shipping: Measurements and Modelling Strategies
The Interreg project EnviSuM provided policy makers and ship owners with sound evidence that strict, global environmental regulations of shipping can benefit human health and the environment without threatening business – the Baltic Sea served as the globally unique test case.
Operational plans and procedures for maritime search and rescue in HNS incidents
The Interreg project ChemSAR provided national rescue authorities and services around the Baltic Sea with operational plans and common procedures to harmonise maritime search and rescue (SAR) operations in incidents involving hazardous and noxious substances (HNS), and by this to save more lives.
North Sea Baltic Connector of Regions
In the project NSB Core, spatial and transport planners and other experts representing local, regional and national authorities from six countries developed a joint vision on how to ensure better integrated and accessible eastern and southern parts of the Baltic Sea region.
Enhancing freight Mobility and logistics in the BSR by strengthening inland waterway and river sea transport and proMoting new internAtional shipping services
In the Interreg project EMMA, waterway administrations, business support organisations and ports together with shipping companies, logistics businesses, and research organisations jointly raised inland waterway transportation higher on the political agendas in five countries around the Baltic Sea.
TENTacle - Capitalising on TEN-T core network corridors for prosperity, growth and cohesion
The Interreg project TENTacle equipped public authorities and industry around the Baltic Sea with recommendations on how to benefit from the core transport network corridors in order to boost prosperity and growth around the Baltic Sea.
LNG Value Chain for Clean Shipping, Green Ports and Blue Growth in Baltic Sea Region
The Interreg project GO LNG explored new business opportunities for liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a green fuel for shipping in the Baltic Sea region and other international markets by bringing together scientists and business.
Mitigating the effects of emergencies in Baltic Sea Region ports
The Interreg project HAZARD made firefighters, coastguards, policemen and others involved in rescue operations in ports around the Baltic Sea more fit to save people and goods when accidents happen: Large scale exercises helped sea port authorities and rescue services to improve their structures and procedures to be better prepared for the next accident to come.
Ranging Mode for the Baltic Sea
The project launches the development of a technical system that allows for safe ship navigation when the established Global Navigation Satellite Systems fail due to interference or jamming. The partners test broadcast signals transmitted via radio beacons and other existing infrastructure. This serves to develop prototypes for ranging mode transmitters and receivers. The Baltic Sea is the first operational test area for this technology worldwide.
Sohjoa - Baltic Sea Region transitioning into eco-friendly autonomous last mile public transportation
Public transport is not as flexible and accessible as private cars are in the Baltic Sea region. The project works towards increasing the attractiveness of public transport by improving offered services and introducing automated driverless electric minibuses, especially for the first and last mile of the journey. It proposes recommendations for environmentally friendly and smart automated public transport and guidelines on the organisational set-up.
Completing management options in the Baltic Sea Region to reduce risk of invasive species introduction by shipping
Shipping contributes to the uncontrolled introduction of invasive species to the Baltic Sea, which has severe environmental and economic consequences. COMPLETE supports the implementation of the new International Maritime Organization’s convention on ballast water management by triggering regional cooperation, developing risk assessment procedures for ballast water management exemptions and setting a monitoring system of non-indigenous species in the Baltic Sea.
Maximised Mobility and Accessibility of Services in Regions Affected by Demographic Change
With shrinking populations in many rural areas around the Baltic Sea region, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up public transport and services that depend on mobility, such as home care or home deliveries. The MAMBA project aims to improve the integration of existing mobility structures with innovative transport solutions, such as mobility as a service (MaaS), transport on demand (ToD), and ride sharing applications to overcome these difficulties.
BSR electric - Fostering e-mobility solutions in urban areas in the Baltic Sea Region
The project aims to enhance the use of electric vehicles in city transport systems such as public sector fleets, public transport and bike sharing in order to reduce CO2 emissions and pollution. The partnership of public authorities, business, academia and NGOs explores the potential of e-bikes, e-buses, e-ferries and other e-vehicles. The project guides municipalities and transport planners and operators as well as public and private fleet managers in integrating e-mobility into urban transport strategies.
Sustainable urban mobility and commuting in Baltic cities
People living in the suburbs usually commute into the city centre by car. Offering an alternative combination of various transport modes, including bike and car sharing, is a way for cities to achieve a more sustainable, environmental friendly commuting system. The project helps urban and transport planners assess, plan, and integrate alternative mobility options into transport plans and policies of cities and municipalities.
Cities.multimodal – urban transport system in transition towards low carbon mobility
The project wants to make it easier for people in cities around the Baltic Sea to combine walking, cycling, public transport and car-sharing as an environmentally friendly alternative to driving. The partners develop and apply an approach to sustainable urban mobility planning for such multimodal transport that is easy to adopt in other cities. It includes publicly visible mobility points and smartphone-based travel planning as well as a planners’ handbook and a toolbox to manage mobility.
Eco-efficiency to maritime industry processes in the Baltic Sea Region through digitalisation
ECOPRODIGI kick starts international collaboration between industry and academia to reduce the ecological footprint of transport vessels during their lifecycles through digitalisation. Research organisations mediate between technology developers and shipping companies, shipyards, suppliers and ports. Focusing on ferry and roll-on/roll-off shipping (i.e. wheeled cargo such as trucks and railroad cars), the partners analyse environmental inefficiencies, digitally simulate performance, and design business models for digital solutions.
RTF - Using ferry real time information to optimise intermodal transport chains in the Baltic Sea Region
The project makes real-time information about ferry delays, cancellations and travel time prognoses available to travel planning systems that cover different modes of transport. Real-time travel information is an immensely dynamic field – and ferry transportation is currently at risk of being left behind. The project sets up a collaborative data hub for real-time ferry information to be used for smoother transport of goods and people in the Baltic Sea region.
Clean Shipping Project Platform
The Baltic Sea is one of busiest and most environmentally vulnerable seas in the world. The platform CSHIPP closes the gap between research, business and policy making by establishing long-term knowledge exchange among these networks. This helps the maritime industry reduce its environmental footprint and increase competitiveness at the same time. CSHIPP is based on Interreg Baltic Sea Region projects EnviSuM, Baltic LINes, GoLNG, ECOPRODIGI, COMPLETE and BSR ELECTRIC as well as BONUS project SHEBA and CompMon co-funded by the EU Connecting Europe Facility.
Access to clean, efficient and multimodal transport corridors in the Baltic Sea Region
The platform BSR Access facilitates innovative and sustainable transport by creating linkages between traditional infrastructure nodes and smart transport solutions to further develop the TEN-T Core Network Corridors, and contribute to sustainable growth in the region. BSR Access combines expertise from Interreg Baltic Sea Region projects NSB CoRe, TENTacle, EMMA and Scandria®2Act as well as E12 Atlantica Transport of Interreg Botnia-Atlantica, FinEst Link of Interreg Central Baltic, and Green Regions with Alternative Fuels for Transport, funded by the EU Connecting Europe Facility.
Enhancing durability of learning experiences gained in ChemSAR, HAZARD, DiveSmart Baltic and Mirg-Ex projects on guidelines, operational plans and procedures, and exercises related to incidents at sea and in ports
With about 2.000 vessels operating in the Baltic Sea at any given minute, the risk of accidents is high. The platform nResQU2 brings together rescue services, seaports and other authorities to share guidelines, operational plans and procedures on incidents at sea and in ports, and to run large-scale exercises. By building on the experiences of Interreg Baltic Sea Region projects ChemSAR, HAZARD, and DiveSMART-Baltic and project Mirg-Ex, funded by the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, ResQU2 increases the preparedness and coordination of rescue operations in the Baltic and North Seas.
Green Silver Age Mobility
Although a lot of cities in the Baltic Sea region are introducing green urban mobility solutions, the majority of senior citizens remains reluctant towards these alternatives. The GreenSAM project develops a toolbox of good practices and potential obstacles for the participation of seniors in the decision-making processes in green urban mobility. The toolbox applied by public authorities in Hamburg, Aarhus, Gdansk, Tartu and Riga enables to exchange knowledge in efficient involvement of seniors and increasing their acceptance of eco-friendly mobility services such as collective transport and ride-sharing.
Mobility and Accessibility in Rural Areas - New approaches for developing mobility concepts in remote areas
The project MARA improves the accessibility and mobility in remote touristic areas of the Baltic Sea region. MARA examines and pilots different local mobility solutions including a Population Mobility Monitor based on mobile phone data, e-bike sharing, real-time information for call-a-bus systems, and waterways for transportation. New mobility approaches in remote areas are integrated into spatial or mobility development plans.
Holistic Urban and Peri-urban Mobility
The HUPMOBILE’s objective is to provide a holistic approach to sustainable mobility solutions in cities and their perimeters. City authorities, infrastructure operators and transport providers are enabled to assess and integrate innovative mobility options into their mobility management plans and policies, e.g. concerning production and urban logistics, the use of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) solutions, and multimodality in urban transport and travel-to-work.
Enhancing Oil Spill Response Capability in the Baltic Sea Region
The OIL SPILL project helps to improve cooperation between competent authorities, NGOs and volunteers in combatting oil spills in shallow and coastal waters of the Baltic Sea faster, more effectively and more efficiently. Together with universities, the partners identify procedures across borders that need to be aligned, develop and carry out trainings and exercises, and clarify key legal issues of cooperation in oil spills response.
Strengthening Combined Transport in the Baltic Sea Region
In combined transport, goods are moved by train, ships or barges, with the first and last mile covered by road as short as possible. However, the share of this efficient and more environmentally friendly transport scheme remains small in the Baltic Sea region due to spatially scattered transport and a tradition of road transport. COMBINE aims to increase this share by improving the operation at terminals and reducing the costs of the last mile by introducing new solutions such as platooning, longer/heavier trucks, e-trucks, and LNG-trucks.
RESPONSE - Demand-Responsive Transport to ensure accessibility, availability and reliability of rural public transport
The mobility of vulnerable groups such as the disabled, elderly, minors and the unemployed is limited especially in the sparsely populated areas in the Baltic Sea region. Regular local services do not meet users’ expectations and are not cost-effective. RESPONSE shifts the approach from supply-oriented to demand-responsive transport solutions. The project showcases how geodata can be used for decision-making by public authorities. It pilots seamless trips, digitalised business models and need-oriented service design unlike fixed bus routes.
Safety of Navigation in the Baltic Sea by Sea Traffic Management
Narrow passages and very high traffic density on shipping routes makes the Baltic Sea vulnerable to accidents at sea. At the same time, efficient exchange of information between ships, and between ships and shore is still missing. The STM BALT SAFE project aims to increase the safety of navigation by introducing common Sea Traffic Management (STM) which enables maritime services to digitally exchange voyage plans of tanker traffic in the Baltic Sea.
Enhancing freight Mobility and logistics in the BSR by strengthening inland waterway and river sea transport and proMoting new internAtional shipping services - Extension
All too often transport policies focus on road and rail transport. The EMMA project brought attention to the potential of inland waterway transport (IWT) in the Baltic Sea region. Partners studied strengths and weaknesses and elaborated recommendations to better deploy IWT. For example, EMMA has identified new potential routes and services and set up several business plans. In EMMA Extension, commercial pilots are implemented in Sweden, Lithuania and Poland based on these business plans. EMMA has revealed that digitalisation is crucial to make IWT competitive. Therefore, EMMA Extension works to strengthen River Information Services and Vessel Traffic Services.
Sohjoa Last Mile - Baltic Sea Region transitioning into eco-friendly autonomous last mile public transportation
Sohjoa Last Mile demonstrates how to run automated shuttles without a safety operator in Kongsberg (Norway), Gdansk (Poland) and Tallinn (Estonia) in order to test, learn about and document lessons learned. Electric mini busses without an operator/driver can be a game changer for public transport carriers, as the costs for the operator of a vehicle can be up to 60 % of the entire costs. Such automated shuttles could promote change in urban public transportation, in particular by providing a solution for public transport users to drive the last mile, i.e. who need an additional connection between a station and their final destination.
Ranging Mode Baltic Sea test bed evaluation
R-Mode Baltic 2 works on a reliable and globally accepted backup system for coastal navigation. The first R-Mode Baltic project set up a test bed for a terrestrial positioning system called ranging mode (R-Mode) in the Baltic Sea. This new system allows positioning even in times when the global navigation satellite systems fail and provides position, navigation and timing information that is crucial for safe navigation and new maritime applications. R-Mode Baltic 2 launches a long-term evaluation of the test bed and to this end equips ships with R-Mode ready receivers and maritime applications from the R-Mode Baltic project.
Expanding efforts to bring eco-efficiency to maritime industry processes in Baltic Sea Region via digital tools
EXOPRODIGI helps shipowners and builders, crew on vessels, and port operators to increase the eco-efficiency of the shipping sector through digital tools. The first project, ECOPRODIGI, looked at the vessel’s life-cycle at different stages and designed, built, piloted and implemented first solutions. EXOPRODIGI builds on these tools and experiences: It improves the decision support system for digital performance monitoring to better respond to the user needs, it extends the 3D IT solution that optimises cargo stowage and expands the 3D technology to ship production.
Practical implementation of the COMPLETE project outputs and tools
Shipping contributes to the uncontrolled introduction of invasive species to the Baltic Sea, which are transported over large distances in ballast waters of ships. This invasion has severe environmental and economic consequences for the Baltic Sea ecosystem. In the project COMPLETE PLUS, partners from six countries around the Baltic Sea work together to further minimise the migration of alien species.
Sustainable urban mobility and commuting in practice
SUMBA+ addresses the challenge of car-based commuter traffic causing among others congestion, high greenhouse gas and air pollution in cities. The projects supports the implementation of commuting master plans developed by the SUMBA project into practice. This includes further work on commuting master plans, providing data-evidence from transport models and lobbying for political and financial support on local, regional and national levels.