The primary objective of the INSPIRE is to demonstrate how, within selected trade corridors, short sea shipping can be made more competitive, as part of the total transport chain. Thus, it is hoped that ships may take over a larger part of European transportation, thereby easing the congestion on roads and railways, with positive effects for trade and environment.
Through studies of existing trade, ports, ships and management systems, INSPIRE aims at recommending practical solutions, which may improve the overall effectiveness of European short sea shipping and provide a framework for the expansion of the fleet.
In the course of the studies, IT-based tools will be developed, suitable for analysis of any trade corridor involving a sea leg, independent of whether it is a point to point or a multi-port connection.
The following trade corridors will be studied initially, but others may follow, using the INSPIRE tools and some of the same inputs for analysis: Ireland - North West Europe Iberian Peninsula - Azores/Madeira/Canary Islands Russia (Kaliningrad/Baltic States) - EU.
Such as IPSI, IntraSeas, BopCom, Interport and Transdata projects.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
TW9 1HE Surrey