Connect2SmallPorts (Seed Money)

Project description

According to the International Transport Forum Forecast (2015), waterborne transport will grow with 327% by 2050, thus producing 238% more CO2 emissions. In Europe, freight volumes will increase by 2050 by 216% with 174% CO2 emissions. There will be enormous shift in commodity transportation. This will extremely affect maritime and inland ports. Harsh environmental, competitive and operational pressures are expected in small and medium-sized ports that build up the so-called comprehensive TEN-T Network. 66 % of all BSR ports are small and medium sized ports. Total cargo turnover amounts to less than 2 M tones / year. Small ports, especially in SBSR, suffer from less freight volumes, missing smart specialization, out-dated infrastructure, investments and new business models contributing to blue and green growth. They are not able to secure financing. This bears a paradox. As theoretical and empirical studies in U.S. and Europe underline (Rodrigue and Schulman, 2013, Rozmarynowska and Oldakowski, 2013), port infrastructure investments projects do foster economic development. But so far, this has been only case of large ports. Indeed, these are so-called Core TEN-T Network ports, e.g. Rostock, Szczecin, Gdynia, Klaipeda, Malmö, Trelleborg (SBSR-scaled). In contrast, small sports, Wismar, Sassnitz (DE); Fredericia, Ronne, Rodby (DK); Ystad, Karlskrona, Karlshamn (SE) and Police (PL) are also located in SBSR. They belong to TEN-T comprehensive network and shall have financial and business support. Yet, they are exposed to harsh survival conditions. Even more competition face small SBSR ports that do not belong to the entire TET-T network (e.g. Stralsund, Kolobrzeg, Elblag, Łeba, (PL), Kalmar (SE). Paradoxically, they constitute hubs of regional economy and are important gateways for regional development. In PL, there are around 38 such small ports. We are in line with EU White and Green Papers, CET Facility, Council Regulations and recommendations of ESPO, BPO.

Project total eligible budget
38 500,00
31 975,00
Project start date
01 Aug 2017
Project end date
30 Nov 2017
Lead partner
Name: Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences: Technology, Business and Design
Address: Phlipp-Müller-Str. 14, 23966 Wismar
Region/Subregion: Landkreis Nordwestmecklenburg
Country: Germany
Project partner
Name: Klaipeda Science and Technology Park
Address: Vilhelmo Berbomo 10, 92221 Klaipeda
Region/Subregion: Klaipedos apskritis
Country: Lithuania

Name: Motus Foundation
Address: Kazimierza Pulaskiego 8, 81-368 Gdynia
Region/Subregion: Trójmiejski
Country: Poland

Name: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Address: Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, 37179 Karlskrona
Region/Subregion: Blekinge län
Country: Sweden
Category of intervention
036 Multimodal transport