EU project promotes logistics potential in Belarus and Russia - Amber Coast Logistics for the first time at TransRussia Transport Exhibition
The EU project ‘Amber Coast Logistics’ went down extremely well with representatives of the eastern European transport and logistics sector at the TransRussia Transport Exhibition. Considerable discrepancies in terms of infrastructure in the new and old EU member states and Russia represent a challenge for the project.
Moscow, 24-27 April: “There is still a lot of unused potential within the transport and logistics sector, above all in Russia and Belarus,” declared Sebastian Doderer, head of project development at Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM). Port of Hamburg Marketing is a leading partner of the EU project ‘Amber Coast Logistics’ (ACL), which was presented for the first time to an international audience within the scope of the ‘TransRussia International Transport and Logistics Exhibition and Conference’, the largest transport and logistics trade fair in Russia. The aim of the project is to promote multi-modal transport connections and logistics centres in the southern and eastern regions of the Baltic Sea. ACL was a co-representative on a joint Port of Hamburg booth.
Infrastructure differential between East and West
Within the scope of the ‘Logistics and Supply Chain Management’ series of conferences at TransRussia, Doderer informed leading transport and logistics sector experts of planned Amber Coast Logistics activities. Many representatives of the eastern European transport and logistics sector emphasised the importance of developing the transport and logistics infrastructure in the Baltic region. Considerable discrepancies in terms of quality and availability are evident, especially between the new and old EU member states and Russia. This gap needs to be breached. The number of cross-border cooperative measures dedicated to, for example, the development of infrastructure, is insufficient and many areas suffer from an extremely low level of accessibility. Within the scope of the ‘Amber Coast Logistics’ project, these problems will be analysed and the commensurate solution proposals and strategies developed. As such, in cooperation with other companies, Maris Katranzi, a management board member at Riga Container Terminal GmbH – in turn a member of the ACL project partner Latvian Logistics Association – is planning to create intelligent transport solutions for regions with a low level of accessibility.
Three work packages to improve accessibility
A total of 20 project partners from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Denmark, Belarus and Germany are participating in the ‘Amber Coast Logistics’ initiative. Their aim is to develop multi-modal logistics centres around the Amber Coast region and its natural hinterlands, the Baltic States, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. To achieve this goal, the partners are working jointly on three work packages: the ‘Flow of goods and institutional aspects’ package involves, amongst other things, analysing what influence laws and regulations have on transport organisations and flows. The action undertaken primarily serves to determine the current situation. A plan of action to promote multi-modal transport structures will be conceptualised within the ‘Sustainable and efficient transport concepts and multi-modal transport chains’ work package. The ‘Regional logistics integration’ work package ultimately builds on the outcome of the previous two packages, effectively putting the results of the conceptual phase into practice.