Cooperation Projects

Together with members and partners from science, business and administration Port of Hamburg Marketing successfully takes part in tenders for EU- and nationally funded project. Focus is put on current issues of transport policy, transport and process optimisation as well as modal shift actions towards more environmental friendly modes. So that for example international marketing strategies are developed or sustainable transport concepts in cabotage and hinterland traffic area are designed. The members of the association have thereby the chance to establish international business relations or expand them. Currently running projects among others are:



COMBINE focuses on strengthening Combined Transport in the Baltic Sea Region through efficiency-enhancing measures at transhipment points and pre-carriage and follow-up traffic. The focus is on the use of new technologies in the pre / post-run, transhipment, the development of suitable business models and the improvement of the political framework, considering the Baltic Sea region specifics. Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V. manages the Interreg BSR cooperation project, in which thirteen other project partners are involved.

The project started on January 1, 2019 (duration 30 months).

Further information on the COMBINE project can be found at


BSR Access Project

The BSR Access Project Platform in transport interoperability approved by the Interreg V B Baltic Sea Region Programme, strives to foster an access to clean, efficient and multimodal transport corridors in the Baltic Sea Region. BSR Access combines competences and geographies of the former projects EMMA, TENTacle, NSB CoRe, GREAT and Scandria2Act into one cooperation platform dealing with transport interoperability and regional development. 
The main objective for the project platform is to mobilise stakeholders to a more coherent, cross-sectoral and adaptive planning approach that would ensure a better access infrastructure to the TEN-T core network corridors, and thereby a sustainable regional growth.


EMMA Extension

EMMA Extension builds on the EMMA projects’ analyses, results and recommendations. Enhancing inland waterway transport (IWT) still is focused on and reflected in all activities of the extension project. EMMA Extension is the logical next step in further developing IWT services in Sweden, Poland and Lithuania as well as to support the uptake of newly developed river information services (RIS) in Germany. Thus, the project will increase the quality and sustainability of results. The project is led by Port of Hamburg Marketing Reg. Assoc. (HHM) and brings together six further project partners.
The project started 1st August 2019 (lifetime 18 months).
Further information on the EMMA Extension project will be available soon at



By engaging stakeholders from administration, port related business’ and logistic business’ along the supply chain, SMOOTH PORTS’ aims to reduce CO2 emissions from port-related road traffic by improving regional policy instruments in a holistic manner.
To achieve these aims, SMOOTH PORTS wants to utilise the differences of the project partners’ ports through an exchange of effective tools and best practices. A key focus lies on finding optimal procedures for the clearance of the goods. A further focus will be on the different approaches regarding Information and Communications Technology solutions for various traffic related port activities as well as on the question what alternative fuels can power port activities in the future.
The project started on 1st August 2019 and ends in January 2023.
Further information on the SMOOTH PORTS project can be found at:


The North Sea region (NSR) is one of the logistics zones in Europe: The largest seaports, but also many intermodal transportation nodes are located in the NSR. Those intermodal nodes are outstanding for the transportation of goods to and from the supply and demand markets. To increase attractiveness of a location along with its market potential, i.e. the achievable market, efficient, smart, and ecological transportation networks are needed. The intermodality should enable a concentration of transnational traffic and long distance flows, and as a result of their integration, provide for a highly resource efficient infrastructure use.
Currently, the Trans-European Network-Transport (TEN-T) policy is putting a strong focus on the development of the Core Network, the major transport axes across Europe. The whole trade and business network is not only depending on its major nodes but also on its hinterland. To raise the efficiency of transport flows in a holistic approach, the project will thus include both major and remoter transporation nodes to establish learning opportunities.
The overall project objective is to support smart intermodality growth in the NSR through efficiency enhancements. The detailed project objectives are:
  • Implementation of new smart processes and tools (smart intermodality),
  • Developing of strategies for smart efficiency enhancements (smart involvement)
The perspective of transportation is transnational. New are the instruments for implementation and involvement.
The project started on 24 February 2020 and ends in March 2023.
Further information on the North Sea CONNECT project can be found at:


LISA - Linking Sea and Land

By engaging stakeholders from port related business', logistics business' along the supply chain, administration and policy, LISA aims to create a large partnership around the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). The focus lies within the facilitation of innovative technologies and solutions, digitalization and optimization of port calls linking sea and land and serving the stakeholders as a creative platform for projects, initiatives and other relevant stakeholders. The overall goal is to steer and maneuver towards the realization of EUSBSR policy area transport action plan.
LISA focuses on these areas to support the cross-sector harmonization process towards a European Maritime Single Window and other digitalization processes along the logistics- and supply chain. The idea with LISA is to establish a long-term process to support these cross-sectoral digitalization efforts in transport and logistics in the BSR. This process will help to facilitate joint initiatives and joint project applications linking land and sea in the Baltic Sea Region and with that increase connectivity and intermodality and thus support a greener and more efficient transport system.
The LISA activities are funded by the Swedish Institute Seed funding for cooperation projects in the Baltic Sea Region.