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  • 19/05/2014 : Last Marco Polo II Call finances 27 projects


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Catalyst actions

These projects were all co-funded by the Marco Polo programme, under the funding area catalyst actions .

Scandinavian Shuttle

The Scandinavian Shuttle is to receive up to €2.5m to develop a rail freight corridor between continental Europe and Scandinavia. It uses the Oeresund fixed link to connect southern and central Sweden to the Ruhr region of Germany via Denmark. This fixed tunnel and bridge link is one of Europe's biggest infrastructure projects co-funded by the EU. Each container or trailer has a mobile phone module with a GPS card reporting its position in near-real time to facilitate cargo track-and-trace. Find out more… pdf - 406 KB [406 KB]


By introducing tracked-and-traced intermodal service using its own locomotives and wagons between northern Germany and northern Italy, ItaloExpress offers reliability, punctuality, flexibility and transparent pricing - and a one-stop-shop between freight forwarders. In the past, moving freight along this axis was a three-stop-shop, involving operator, rail company and terminal. Marco Polo funding was valuable not just in itself, but also because it provided leverage in getting partners on board. Find out more… pdf - 373 KB [373 KB]

FGI System

Jumbo sheets of flat glass intended mainly for the construction and automotive industries normally travel by road. They are carried on specially designed trailers known as inloaders, with hydraulic systems and air bags to cushion the glass from shocks. FGI of Italy modified the inloader design so that the glass can be carried on flatbed railway wagons for the first time. This opened up intermodal transport for glass. In addition, it increased the amount of glass per inloader by some 25%. Find out more… pdf - 408 KB [408 KB]

ETS Elbe

ETS stands for Ecological Transport Service. ETS expands the potential for freight transport on the River Elbe between Germany and the Czech Republic by introducing scheduled services using an integrated transport container system. It has risen to the challenge of different technical specifications in the countries concerned and addresses the problem that sometimes water levels on the Elbe are extremely low. Replacement road services are provided when part of the river is not navigable. Find out more… pdf - 436 KB [436 KB]