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Horizon 2020 Transport Info day Wednesday, 13 Dec 2017, Brussels

The info daywill take place in the morning of 13 December 2017 in Brussels. It will address potential applicants to the Horizon 2020 'Smart, green and integrated transport'calls for funding under the 2018 – 2020 Horizon 2020 Work Programme, with the focus on funding opportunities in 2018.

About the event
Presentations will cover various transport topics of the new Horizon 2020 Work Programme, as well as provide detailed information on the selection process and on the upcoming calls for funding.

A brokerage event will be organised by the National Contact Points and will take place in the afternoon.

The draft agenda will be published soon.

Registration
The registration for the info day will open in mid-October. Stay tuned!

Event date and venue
Wednesday, 13 December in the European Commission's Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170, 1000 Brussels

Presentations covering the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Work Programme will take place in the morning.

A brokerage event will take place in the afternoon.

Open Call for Companies to Access Free Analytical Research

The Baltic TRAM project offers companies free access to state-of-the-art analytical research facilities across the Baltic Sea Region, providing technical and scientific expertise to help solve challenges associated with developing new products or services. The project now accepts applications.

Companies selected for support will receive scientific advice tailored to their specific business needs. More precisely, they will be provided with free measurements of material samples on micro, nano- or molecular scale, and consultations with experts in analytical research facilities and research institutes. Through these services, companies will be able to upscale the knowledge of their materials’ properties and help improve their product portfolio or in-house manufacturing processes.

A network of Industrial Research Centers (IReCs) stand ready to provide support in the process. The IReCs are business-support units that can help applicants throughout the entire application process - from formulating a product or process challenge to designing follow-up activities that support the companies in applying the knowledge gained in their product or manufacturing processes.

Companies based in EU member states are eligible to apply. To initiate the procedure, contact a national Industrial Research Center (IReC) for consultations. More information about the process, as well as contact details to the IReCs is available here.

Baltic TRAM is an international project, partly funded by the European Union’s Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. The overall objective is to boost innovation, secure the implementation of smart specialization strategies, and encourage entrepreneurship by supporting small and medium-sized enterprises, thus contributing to the regional effort of making the Baltic Sea Region innovative, sustainable and competitive.

 

www.baltic-tram.eu

Promoting clean shipping by learning from sulphur regulations - project Envisum

Air pollution control of ships is receiving a lot of attention. While international organisations and governments have been actively fighting greenhouse gas emissions from industry and cars since the 1970s, ships were tackled only at the beginning of this millennium. Decreasing sulphur emissions has been in focus for the past years with a step-wise tightening of sulphur limits in fuelling ships. The Baltic Sea is a forerunner and test region for tighter limits. The cooperation project EnviSuM looks into the effects of the latest sulphur-limit tightening on human health, environment and the economy, namely the shipping sector.

Centre for Maritime Studies of the University of Turku is the lead partner of the Interreg project.

Read more on Interreg Baltic Sea website or visit the EnviSuM project page.

AGH University of Science and Technology: elimination of overloaded vehicles from roads

AGH University of Science and Technology has signed a collaboration agreement with companies operating within the framework of the Cluster of Intelligent Transportation Systems, designed for the dynamic weighing of vehicles on the move. In the near future, these systems may become a key element related to the improvement of the condition of road infrastructure and safety on roads.

The main task of the team is the introduction to the administrative use in Poland the systems of the dynamic weighing of vehicles in motion.

Read more on the AGH UST website.

Lund University: New app makes the transport industry transparent

Swedish road freight companies that abide by work environment legislation, taxation regulations and environmental agreements have had a hard time surviving on a market where illegal transport operators can perform the same services at a much lower cost. A new app being developed at Lund University in Sweden makes the entire chain of transport visible to consumers.

The app is based on blockchain technology, which means that the transported products leave digital tracks at every stop they make on their way to the customer. The information is then collected in a database that is visible to all who are links in the chain, including the customer in the store.

Read the whole story on Lund University website.

EU Commission releases report on the development of the rail market

The European Commission adopted the fifth report on the development of the European rail market. The report shows that EU legislation on rail, which encourages competitiveness and market opening, has led to a more efficient and customer-responsive industry. In Member States where rail markets are opened, competition can result overall in lower fares for customers and better value for taxpayers. After adoption of the 4th Railway Package, the focus of the Commission will be on the implementation of existing legislation to bring about further performance improvement.

Download the full report on Commission webpage.

Publication: Maritime activity in the High North - current and estimated level up to 2025

The key purpose of the research consortium is to assess the risk of the increased maritime activity in the High North and the challenges this increase may represent for the preparedness institutions in this region.

Project partners include actors from Norway, Greenland, Iceland and Russia (Northern Dimension co-coordinatorNorthern (Arctic) Federal University being one of them.

The report gives a picture of the current commercial and government maritime activity in the sea areas north of the Arctic Circle from the Kara Sea, along the Northwest coast of Russia, the Northern coast of Norway, around Svalbard, Iceland and Greenland up to the Baffin Bay. Furthermore, the report offers estimation of the future maritime activity level in the area up to 2025.

Download the report on the website.

Report: International support for the North-East Passage telecommunications cable

Constructing a telecommunications cable between Europe and Asia via the North-East Passage would be politically and technologically feasible, says a report presented to Finland's Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner by Paavo Lipponen and Reijo Svento. If the project was carried out, the cable would significantly speed up telecommunications between Europe and Asia and respond to the increasing capacity needs. It would also benefit the national economies in Europe, Russia and Asia.

According to the report, the key countries, among them Russia, China, Japan and Norway, would be interested in being involved in the project. A number of businesses were contacted during the course of the report's preparation.

Download the full report on the Ministry of Transport and Communications website.

Promoting clean shipping by learning from sulphur regulations: survey ongoing

Air pollution control of ships is receiving a lot of attention. While international organisations and governments have been actively fighting greenhouse gas emissions from industry and cars since the 1970s, ships were tackled only at the beginning of this millennium. Decreasing sulphur emissions has been in focus for the past years with a step-wise tightening of sulphur limits in fuelling ships. The Baltic Sea is a forerunner and test region for tighter limits. The cooperation project EnviSuM looks into the effects of the latest sulphur-limit tightening on human health, environment and the economy, namely the shipping sector.

Read more about the project on Interreg Baltic Sea website.

Currently, the University of Tallinn is running a survey about the economic impacts of Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) regulations on maritime market stakeholders. Maritime stakeholders from across the Baltic Sea region are encouraged to express their views. The comments will help policy makers get a better view of challenges that maritime stakeholder face. Participate the survey on this link.

Porokello project aims to reduce reindeer accidents in half by 2020

Coordinated by the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in Lapland, Finland, Porokello project is launching a new service for road users to reduce reindeer accidents.

Finland's designated reindeer herding area covers 36% of the country's total landscape and sees as many as 4000 accidents occurring on Finland's roads and railways occur per year. A variety of actions have been taken aiming to reduce the amount of accidents, but none of then have been proven effective. The extensive use of mobile technology and other intelligent devices brings forth new possibilities to help reduce the number of accidents. The warning systems relies on GPS location and mobile technology, enabling accurate warnings for road travelers.

Read more on the project website.

A strategic partnership created to develop smart ships

Rolls-Royce and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd have announced a strategic partnership to design, test and validate the first generation of remote and autonomous ships.

VTT has deep knowledge of ship simulation and extensive expertise in the development and management of safety-critical and complex systems in demanding environments such as nuclear safety. They combine physical tests such as model and tank testing, with digital technologies, such as data analytics and computer visualisation. They will also use field research to incorporate human factors into safe ship design. As a result of working with the Finnish telecommunications sector, VTT has extensive experience of working with 5G mobile phone technology and wi-fi mesh networks. VTT has the first 5G test network in Finland.

Read more about the partnership on VTT website.

A link between Europe and the Arctic - Railway development in Finland

Helsinki remains committed to build a connection through the Gulf of Finland and all the way to the Norwegian Arctic coast. Construction could start in few years, a member of the country’s Parliament says.

In a comment to the Barents Observer, Oddgeir Danielsen, leader of the Northern Dimension Partnership for Transport and Logistics, says the projects address a “missing link between Europe and the Arctic”.  «The Helsinki-Tallin tunnel and the Arctic Railroad will unlock the huge Arctic potential and give impetus to a sustainable economic development both in the region and as well for a number of countries both in Europe, Russia and Asia».

Read the full article on Barents Observer webpage.

Marpart conference on board

Researchers and representatives from relevant authorities boarded the MS Polarlys to participate in the fifth conference organized by the research network Marpart (Maritime Preparedness and International Partnership in the High North). The network, which is led by the High North Center for Business and Governance at Nord University, is a central initiative under Norway’s Arctic Policy.

Northern Dimension Institute co-coordinator NaRFU is also a partner in Marpart project.

Read more about the MARPART seminar on High North News website.

Arctic Maritime Security SARC Project launched

The Finnish Border Guard has launched the SARC Project to enhance and develop cooperation and competence of the maritime security authorities in the Artic countries with a practical approach. Increasing activity in the Artic demands also the authorities to evaluate and develop their competence and ways of cooperation in the challenging conditions. The SARC project invites the authorities to act together but the project also aims to work closely with the stakeholders within representing Arctic industry and research. The project promotes actively Finnish Arctic knowhow and best practices.

Read more about the project on Finnish Border Guard website.

Safer, Smarter and Greener Arctic Road Transport: NDPTL seminar

 

A High Level Seminar will take place on the 10-15 January, 2017, in Ivalo, Finland. The event is arranged by NDPTL and a group of Arctic companies.

Road transport is facing its most profound change since the introduction of cars in the 19th century.

Driven by technological advancements and the necessities of climate change, the established transport systems, vehicles, tyres and fuels are being reinvented. The innovations currently under development will reshape cities and daily life in the Arctic countries as well as the rest of the world. Following global trends, all Arctic region countries are speeding towards making transport smarter, safer and greener. At the same time, the European Union is forming its own vision on how to reduce emissions and pollution in Europe. For Arctic businesses the change offers a possibility to sell new products and services worldwide. Yet it is the responsibility of national governments to ensure road safety for their citizens and enable the greatest possible mobility for businesses. This is why the Northern Dimension Partnership for Transport and Logistics (NDPTL) and a group of Arctic companies working in the transport sector are organizing a high-level seminar: Safer, Smarter and Greener Arctic Road Transport.

http://www.ndptl.org/activities-and-news/-/view/1226

Business views on the Northern Sea Route

Photo: Jarmo Vehkakoski

There has been quite a buzz about increasing transportation in the Arctic routes, particularly in the Northern Sea Route during this decade. The NSR has been envisioned to provide a new transport route from Europe to Asia, and Russia and China have both projected a major increase in cargo volumes transported via the NSR in the coming years.

Finnish maritime industries will create an ecosystem for autonomous marine transport

The objective of the ecosystem is to create the world’s first autonomous marine transport system to the Baltic Sea. Ships will be fully autonomous in 2025. The first pilots and applications in months to come are cargo ships and freight.

There are almost 60 companies in the ecosystem through Finnish Marine Industries Association. The largest investors are Cargotec, Ericsson, Meyer Turku, Rolls-Royce, Tieto, and Wärtsilä. About half of the ecosystem’s funding comes from Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.

Read more about the project on DIMECC website.

New Baltic Sea Clean Shipping Guide published

A new and extended version of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Clean Shipping Guide has been released in both electronic and print form. The publication, aimed at all mariners at sea, gives a concise and easily understandable overview of the regional environmental and safety of navigation measures applied in the Baltic Sea to maritime traffic.

Read more and download the guide on EUSBSR Website.

Aurora test ecosystem - for intelligent transport and automated driving in the Arctic

Arctic testing ecosystem for intelligent transport and automated driving is being built in Finnish Lapland. The improvement of highway E8 is underway to meet the requirements of the public test area.

Advantages of the Aurora test ecosystem include:

•Precise mobile positioning
•Extensive telecommunications network
•Intelligent highway E8 with ITS-equipped test sections
•Network of more than 20 private and public sector members
•Project management services

Read more about the Aurora project on the website.

BEAC Transport Ministerial and the Steering Committee of the Barents Euro-Arctic Transport Area convened

The BEAC Ministerial Meeting took place in Arhangelsk, Russia on June 20th. The gathered participants from transport authorities from Norway, Finland, Sweden, European Commission, regional administrations - members of the Barents Regional Council, International Barents Secretariat, Council of the Baltic Sea States, as well as various stakeholders in the transport sector, and academics.

Read more: http://www.ndptl.org/activities-and-news/-/view/1221

 

NDPTL grant generating EUR 290 million external funding in Gdansk

The Gdansk port is a major international transport hub and plays a significant role as a key link to the Baltic-Adriatic Core Network Corridor of the TEN-T policy, connecting the Nordic countries with Southern and Eastern Europe. It also hosts the Gdansk Deepwater Container Terminal, which is among the largest container terminals in the Baltic Sea and the only deep-water terminal in the Baltic Sea having direct ocean vessel calls from the Far East. The ongoing extension of Gdansk Deepwater Container Terminal was started with a grant from the Support Fund of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL).  

Improving the accessibility of the Baltic Sea Region. The kick-off conference for three EU projects

The kick-off conference for three EU projects: NSB CoReScandria 2Act and TENTacle projects was held on April 7th at Kalastajatorppa in Helsinki and gathered for about one hundred participants. These three projects start their cooperation in order to develop the EU TEN-T Core Network Corridors intersecting the Baltic Sea Region.

The project North Sea Baltic Connector of Regions, NSB CoRe is led by the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council from Finland, and  it aims to improve the sustainable accessibility of the Eastern Baltic Sea Region (EBSR) to freight and passenger transport.

The Scandria2Act is a project developing the northern sections of the Core Network Corridor from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, prioritizing energy efficient solutions in freight and passenger transports. The TENTacle project focuses on the accessibility of peripheral regions in the Baltic Sea Region by developing their connections to the Core Network Corridors.

These three-year projects NSB CoRe, Scandria2Act and TENTacle have been approved by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme.

To get more information about the conference and the projects, please visit Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council web page.

Project MERMAID gave recommendations for sustainable development in the Arctic

Finnish Meterological Institute, together with three university partners in Finland,  has completed the MERMAID (Identifying Risks and Opportunities for Marine Transport and Tourism in the Arctic) project during 2014-2016. The project supports the implementation of the Arctic Strategy of Finland and preparations for the Finland's chairmanship of the Arctic Council 2016.

The recommendations of the project include e.g. establishing a multidisciplinary education program for offshore and subsea expertise, joint marketing efforts for Arctic tourism and application of environmental regulation follow-up system. Open co-operation and knowledge sharing with Russia on multiple levels is recommended, for example by recognizing correct regional co-operation actors and broadening the co-operation to new areas. More about the project results and recommendations can be found from Policy Brief 3/2016.

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