The Monitoring and Operation Services For Motorways of the Sea (MOS4MOS) Action was selected for the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Executive Agency Motorways of the Sea Call for projects 2010. The 14 months project aims at designing and demonstrating a set of prototypes that will provide interoperable monitoring and operation services to companies integrating different door-to door corridors of the motorways of the sea. The project is 50% co-financed by the European Union. On the 28th and 29th of April the MOS4MOS General Assembly, and the MOS4MOS Kick Off Meeting, will take place in Koper, Slovenia.
The Port Authority of Valencia has taken it upon itself to coordinate the work and communication between the 28 project partners coming from Spain, Italy, Greece and Slovenia. Among those you can find key Mediterranean ports (Valencia, Barcelona, Livorno, Salerno, Piraeus, Koper), a terminal operator (Autoterminal Barcelona), shipowners (Neptune Lines, Grimaldi, Arkas ), inland terminals (Interporto Toscano Amerigo Vespucci, Interporto Bologna), railway operators (Continental Rail, RENFE), as well as logistics operators (International Forwarding Services, Global Maritime Agency, Asta Logistic, Intereuropa d.d.). The Fundación Valenciaport and Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping from Spain will take over the administrative coordination and the management of the finances of the project, along with their respective technical work as leaders of Activity 1. MOS4MOS Master Plan and 4. Communication and Training.
In accordance to the philosophy that sees the Motorways of the Sea as part of door-to –door supply chains instead of as isolated maritime corridors, MOS4MOS will tackle ICT problems at four levels: port, port-to-port, port-to-hinterland, and door-to-door.
The first four months will be dedicated to the creation of the “Master Plan”, in which the problems and the areas of improvement will be identified and then submitted to the European Commission for evaluation. This will serve as basis for the subsequent five-month-phase, during which the prototypes will be developed. Each partner will introduce new information system and technologies and/or adapt existing ones, with the aim of creating new interoperable services that contribute to the improvement of monitoring and operation processes in MoS door-to-door corridors. A minimum of three of those prototypes will then be transformed into pilots, demonstrating the prototypes to the public.
Thus, at the end of this month, for the first time the 28 partners will meet together in an effort to kick off the MOS4MOS initiative.