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Agro Highway Report Summary

Project ID: 684937

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Agro Highway (Demonstration of an Innovative concept for high quality Transport of Perishable Agro Food Liquids inducing a Modal shift to Short Sea and River transport)

Reporting period: 2015-09-01 to 2016-08-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Agro Highway: Demonstration of an Innovative concept for high quality Transport of Perishable Agro Food Liquids inducing a Modal shift to Short Sea and River transport

The Agro Highway provides a new, innovative mode of transport for perishable food liquids that will enable a disruptive breakthrough for transport and agriculture. The Agro Highway will develop, demonstrate and validate an aseptic, temperature controlled, quality monitoring, self-loading cargo system that will stimulate a shift in transport from road to water. The Agro Highway consortium aims to:
• provide a flexible, maritime transport solution for perishable agro food liquids;
• reduce costs for transport over middle to long distances;
• increase the maximum transport distance and capacity. This is especially important for milk, the most important EU agro product. Increase of the maximum transport distance, will allow producers to reach new markets upon release of the milk quota;
• optimize the supply chains, by reducing the necessity of pre- and post-processing and eliminating packaging waste while improving product quality and reducing their environmental impact.

Together, this will result in a higher market value of the transported goods and completely new market opportunities for the EU transport and agricultural sector.

The project will:
• offer growth opportunities and new business opportunities for both SMEs directly involved in the project and connected third parties (mostly SMEs) that provide materials and services, increasing their profitability; in 2026 over € 100 mln/year of turnover will be created for the participants and their subcontractors;
• accelerate market uptake and investments by the direct involvement of end users, financers and investors, lining up all the key players necessary for upscaling and commercializing the Agro Highway;
• create new and improved business opportunities and open up new markets for the transport and agro sector, improving the EU’s market position and potential;
• result in over 1.400 new jobs by 2026 with the participants and their subcontractors.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The design of the Agro Highway project has been made over the past period. This design has also been analysed and tested on various aspects. An engineering stress test was performed on the final design, for example to analyse whether the thickness of various steel parts were adequate. Also stability calculations were performed.

An investigation was made in the EU regulations regarding the transport of food liquids in general. Some findings were also of importance in the design, specifically concerning the hygiene and cleaning aspects of the transport.

The validation sailings were discussed with various parties and the planning of such sailings is in progress.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The project was also wider discussed and these talks were very supportive of the earlier made impact projections of the Argo Highway project.

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