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Final Report - INTERMODE-TRANS (Specific Support Action for pan-European stakeholders and users sustaining integrated pilot technologies for increasing the efficiency of intermodal transport)

Project ID: 3760
Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV

Abstract

This is a progress and findings report of the INTERMODE-TRANS project, concerning the state of the art on intermodal transfer techniques. The Specific Support Action (SSA) INTERMODE-TRANS targeted ongoing research and development with regard to transport technologies that can achieve a sustainable modal shift from road to railways and waterborne routes, including inland navigation and short sea shipping, promoting the development of trans-shipment technologies, tools and equipments based on the real need of the end-users. This was done through an interaction among transport operators, engineering companies and manufacturers of trans-shipment technologies. The research and dissemination gave specific attention to target small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and participation of new Member States through several workshops used to gather information.

The present report is a first state-of-art survey on the perspectives of intermodal transport. Being seen by several stakeholders, including the European Commission, as a remedy to environmental and energy supply issues associated with the present and forecasted volume of road transport, several initiatives and joint European projects have been launched to support a modal shift. The report gives a review and summary of the results of such projects and points out a number of remaining barriers to a general acceptance of intermodality, including several of a technical or technological character, pertaining to trans-shipment procedures, multimodal cargo units, safety and security concerns and information processing.

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Record Number: 11856 / Last updated on: 2011-04-14
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