First transport cluster within NSR Interreg IVB approved – The Maritime Transport Cluster (MTC) has started!

The Interreg North Sea Region Programme (NSRP) approved numerous transport related projects, which have gathered significant and important results during the past years. However extending the impact of project activities requires that new stakeholders in regions outside the project partnership and at other levels (national, European etc.) are made aware of what has been done. The NSRP therefore pointed out that: “The aim of the project clustering initiative is to raise awareness about the good results being achieved in individual projects and ensure that these results are known and used as widely as possible in the NSR.”

The ‘Maritime Transport Cluster (MTC)’ applies the cluster idea to the maritime transport sector, thus bridging the gap between obtained results from ongoing Interreg IVB projects dealing with maritime transport issues and new business trends from the maritime industry as well as with EU transport policy development.

MTC was approved in June 2011 and has a total Budget of 650,000 €. Altogether eight partners from six North Sea region countries work on the cluster which lifetime extends to 1.5 years and will end in December 2012. At the kick-off meeting in Brussels on 20th June 2011 the partners officially started the cluster work and concluded on detailed course of actions as well as next steps.

The overall goal of MTC is building a structure for interchanging latest knowledge and experiences concerning maritime transport in the context of the Interreg IVB NSRP, aiming to develop the common voice of the Interreg IV B NSRP on maritime transport. Finally a policy advice will be composed based on experiences made in the North Sea region, which shall contribute to the discussions on future transport policy developments in Europe.

The MTC partnership consists of: Port of Hamburg Marketing (DE, lead beneficiary), Association of Danish Transport and Logistics Centres (DK), Flemish Ministry of Mobility and Public Works (BE), Hamburg University of Technology (DE), Transport Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University (UK), NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NL), Norwegian Coastal Administration (NO), Norwegian Mapping Authority, Hydrographic Service (NO).

Further information to the MTC can be found on www.maritimetransportcluster.eu.

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