Hamburg became lead partner in the EU’s SMOOTH PORTS project in August and is represented by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation (BWVI), according to HHLA Thursday (November 14, 2019). The project has received almost EUR 1 million in funding as part of the Low Carbon Economy INTERREG (“European Territorial Cooperation”) programme. By engaging stakeholders from administration, port related businesses and logistic companies 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.
Exchanging strategies and practical tips
The aim is to seize the advantages offered by different ports and to enable an exchange of best strategies and practical tips. A key focus lies in finding optimal procedures for goods clearance and making their processing speedy and avoiding burdens on environment and people. Another priority is to find different approaches to information and communications technology solutions for traffic related port activities and alternative fuels to power port activities in future. The cross-border cooperation of INTERREG Europe aims to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion within the EU. The ports of Nantes Saint-Nazaire (France), Livorno and Monfalcone (Italy) and Varna (Belgium) are on board as well as the Hanseatic City and the Port of Hamburg Marketing e.V.