The Marco Polo programme provided funding to these projects that focus on sharing know-how to improve services designed to shift freight off the road.
Administrative paperwork accounts for 20-30% of the cost of short-sea shipping. Developing e-solutions is an obvious way to bring down costs. NorStella's Short Sea XML project introduced the use of a computer programming language - extensible mark-up language (XML) - for exchanging data along the short-sea logistics chain. The benefits were not just financial. NorStella found synergies with other EU-funded research programmes and other Marco Polo projects promoting intermodality. Find out more… [154 KB]
EWITA addresses the skills and labour shortage on Europe's inland waterways by creating a common European training concept and practical training programmes for intermodal inland waterway transport. EWITA offers the latest training concepts and state-of-the-art e-learning platforms for waterborne logistics in Europe. It includes e-learning platforms for the Danube and for the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt corridor. Both platforms are available in English, German, Dutch and/or Romanian. Find out more… [171 KB]
The Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping in Barcelona runs courses on short-sea shipping for students and people already working in the industry. What makes this school different is that the courses are run on board vessels plying the Mediterranean between Barcelona, Spain, and Civitavecchia, Italy. Students come from seven different EU countries. Marco Polo funding made it possible to expand the similar local courses run by the Barcelona Port Authority into a school with a European dimension. Find out more… [156 KB]