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CEF Transport - Motorways of the Sea

INTRODUCTION

FUNDING MoS ACTIONS

OTHER GENERAL REMARKS

EXISTING MoS PROJECTS

2016 CALL FOR PROPOSALS IN THE FIELD OF MoS

2015 CALL FOR PROPOSALS IN THE FIELD OF MoS

2014 CALL FOR PROPOSALS IN THE FIELD OF MoS

CONTACT

FAQs

 


TRANSPORT MOS

 

INTRODUCTION

Motorways of the Sea (MoS), a horizontal priority of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), aims to promote green, viable, attractive and efficient sea-based transport links integrated in the entire transport chain. Their implementation should help to rebalance the EU transport system.


MoS are considered the maritime pillar of the Trans-European Transport Network. They consist of short-sea routes, ports, associated maritime infrastructure and equipment, facilities as well as simplified administrative formalities enabling Short Sea Shipping or sea-river services between at least two maritime ports, including hinterland connections. They contribute towards the achievement of a European Maritime Transport Space without barriers, connect Core Network Corridors by integrating the maritime leg and also facilitate maritime freight transport with neighbouring countries.


The MoS concept builds on the EU’s goal of achieving a clean, safe and efficient transport system by transforming shipping into a genuine alternative to overcrowded land transport. MoS aim at introducing new inter-modal maritime-based logistics chains to bring about a structural change to transport organisation: door-to-door integrated transport chains.

 

MoS will 

  • help implement the policy initiatives on the European maritime space without barriers and the maritime transport strategy for 2018
  • positively contribute to greenhouse gas (CO2) reductions which is of paramount importance in the context of climate change.

 

MoS taps on the huge potential of maritime transport as the backbone of international trade. In Europe, this capacity has not yet been fully exploited. Based upon successful shipping routes, MoS are designed to remove bottlenecks in the EU's transport system. This will be achieved through the establishment of more efficient and frequent, high-quality maritime-based logistics services between Member States.

 

DETAILED IMPLEMENTATION PLAN (DIP) FOR MOS

The DIP is the first work programme of the European Coordinator for MoS, Mr Brian Simpson, outlining the vision for future of MoS concept as part of the maritime dimension of the Trans-European Transport Network.

The DIP is built within the three development pillars that the European Coordinator considers as key priorities for shipping and ports and integral part of his work plan:

•    Environment (maritime green solutions)
•    Integration of maritime transport in the logistics chain
•    Safety, Human Element and Traffic Management.

Once consultation with the European Parliament and Member States has been completed, the Detailed Implementation Plan will constitute a clear and precise guidance for the future orientation of the MoS policy. The intention is to come up with an updated version in June 2017.

Please read the DIP here - 

/inea/en/file/motorways-sea-dip-june-2016.pdf.pdf

 

FUNDING MoS ACTIONS

The trans-European network of Motorways of the Sea is intended to concentrate flows of freight on sea-based logistical routes in such a way as to improve existing maritime links or to establish new viable, regular and frequent maritime links for the transport of goods between Member States, in order to reduce road congestion and/or improve access to peripheral and island regions and States.

CEF funding supports the following MoS-related actions focusing either on establishing maritime-based MoS links or elaborating wider benefit actions: 

  • Implementation projects (works projects)
  • Studies taking the form of pilot actions
  • Studies (not eligible under the 2016 Call)

Implementation projects (works projects)

The project proponents may apply for up to 30% co-financing. The following two types of actions are given priority in the selection process: 

  • Maritime link based projects
  • Projects of wider benefit

The objective of maritime link based projects is to establish or improve MoS services along main freight transport corridors, based on new maritime links or improvement of existing ones. Implementation actions focusing on upgrading or establishing new MoS links should include a considerable port investment component, amounting approximately to 50% of the total project budget.

 

The projects should involve:

  • at least two EU ports (two core ones or one core and one comprehensive) from two different Member States
  • one maritime operator
  • ideally hinterland transport operators.

Broader consortia involving terminal operators, logistics companies or ship brokers are expected as appropriate. The investments in infrastructure should be targeted towards overcoming or preventing transport bottlenecks. Involvement of shipping companies and other transport operators should be demonstrated through their direct participation in the project as beneficiaries or through letters of support/intent in case of not applying for a grant.

The eligible costs of upgrading MoS links may involve costs borne by shipowners in order to comply with the provisions of the MARPOL Convention's Annex VI and Sulphur Emission Control Area requirements entering into force on 1 January 2015 or costs contributing to better environmental performance of a maritime service, including installations related to on-shore power supply or reduction of CO2 emissions. These kinds of actions should be promoted by shipowners operating on a particular maritime link together with the EU ports to which the link relates. Upgrades on vessels are limited to the additional efforts for environmental purposes and cannot cover the full costs of acquiring or constructing a vessel. Projects involving the retrofitting of fleets of vessels under one proposal or an aggregated number of proposals and non-related to the specific maritime links are not supported. The exhaust gas cleaning systems will be supported only on short sea shipping vessels operating outside the SECA area.

The following infrastructure or facilities which must remain open to all users on a non-discriminatory basis can be co-financed (non-exhaustive list):

  • high water protection devices (e.g. dikes, breakwaters, locks)
  • lights, buoys, beacons; ramps, jetties, signposting
  • infrastructure and facilities up to the terminal site (e.g. for temporary storage of loading units, facilities for drivers, facilities for shore side electricity, waste treatment facilities, terminal handling equipment)
  • intermodal terminals in ports and hinterland
  • land and sea access to port, including dredging for the purpose of MoS, rail, inland navigation and road connecting links to the TEN-T or national land transport networks, connections to intermodal centres
  • electronic logistics management systems
  • administration and customs facilities (e.g. VTMIS, reporting and information exchange systems, administrative simplification)
  • safety and security measures
  • waterways and canals to shorten sea routes
  • ways of ensuring year-round navigability, such as facilities for dredging or icebreaking

Ships receiving EU support will be required to serve the co-funded actions within the EU area for at least 5 years after the project end date. 

Works projects of wider benefits which could also be submitted for CEF co-financing include, for example: deployment of LNG bunkering infrastructure for ships at a wider regional scale, system of using shore-side electricity, icebreaking, dredging operations, setting up common IT systems, traffic monitoring and management or electronic reporting systems that are not linked to specific ports, but rather cover defined larger geographical areas relevant for the Motorways of the Sea. Wider benefit projects should check existing projects and knowledge to avoid duplication in the same region, if possible.

Studies taking the form of pilot actions

These actions are co-financed at a rate up to 50% of the eligible costs. The objective of these projects is to introduce new and innovative concepts and technologies (no R&D though) in the pre-implementation phase and test them in real operational conditions. They can address a wide spectrum of needs in maritime sector, notably alternative fuels and emission abatement technologies or include for example actions aiming at reducing the administrative burden by setting up single windows for MoS services, cargo tracking and tracing systems within the entire MoS chain, validation of the operational benefits of new ro-ro ship prototypes or of innovative, environmentally friendly ship propulsions/engines for MoS services, innovative logistics concepts accelerating intermodal operations in terminals. The pilot actions should be innovative in the sector.

Studies

In the 2016 CEF Call, studies will not be funded under the MoS priority.

Up to 50% co-financing for studies of wider benefits carried out at a regional or European scale or study parts of infrastructure projects could be eligible. MoS studies should contribute to promotion and development of the concept at a regional or European level. They may also contribute to further policy development in the field. Preference will be given to mature studies, leading to concrete results such as technical design of infrastructure, human element aspects in maritime transport, preparation of ICT applications, better security measures etc. Feasibility studies or market studies are not eligible for funding. 

 

European Investment Bank and Loan Guarantee Instrument

 

OTHER GENERAL REMARKS

The co-funding rate for the above MoS type actions may be increased up to 85% for eligible cohesion countries (11 new Member States joining after 2004 plus Portugal and Greece).

The MoS Programme is open as of 2014 for the participation of third countries (neighbouring countries) into the proposed projects. The cooperation is limited though to involvement in studies or pilot actions (no works in third countries will be allowed).

A project proposal can combine different co-financing rates within one application, such as for implementation works as well as the study/pilot parts. However, it is recommended that the study parts of infrastructure projects should be clearly separated from works and it should be clearly demonstrated that the undertaking of the works is not dependent on the execution and/or conclusion of the study(ies). Please also note the temporary exclusion of studies for the 2016 call.

All types of MoS projects must be supported and submitted jointly by at least two EU Member States. The requirement applies also to projects extended to third countries.

It is not possible to cumulate CEF co-financing with support from other EU financial instruments, such as ERDF etc for the same part of action or activity. In case of the co-financing of any part of a MoS project from other EU funds, the project proponent should provide a detailed explanation of all activities in order to demonstrate a full and coherent scope of the project.

For large multi-beneficiary Actions, it is strongly recommended to exploit the possibility of submitting applications for funding by European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG), established for the purpose of project implementations in line with Council Regulation (EEC) N° 2137/85 of 25 July 1985.

 

EXISTING MoS PROJECTS

In the context of the CEF programme, the project portfolio so far amounts to 41 projects, corresponding to a total of €348,178,000 of grant funding. Specifically, under the 2015 CEF call, 12 projects were selected corresponding to a grant funding of €85,880,000, an amount which is expected to generate investments worth €248,362,958.

 

Under the 2014 CEF Transport Calls for Proposals, a portfolio of 29 projects was selected, corresponding to a total grant funding of €262,298,000, expected to generate investments of €741,915,295.

 

Ships receiving EU support will be required to serve the co-fundUnder the 2015 CEF Transport Calls for Proposals, a portfolio of 12 projects was selected, corresponding to a total grant funding of €85,552,277, expected to generate investments of €242,782,133

 

If the 47 projects of the legacy TEN-T programme, which generated total investments of €1.48 billion, are added to this portfolio, then the total of investments generated by the EU support in the field of MoS are more than €2.46 billion.

 

CEF MoS projects - 

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TEN-T MoS projects - 

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Project Year Link
Motorway of the Sea Nantes Saint Nazaire - Gijón 2015  
Adriatic MoS Upgrated Services - Adri-Up 2015  
S/F SamueLNG for a blue Atlantic Arch 2015  
CarEsmatic – Supporting cars and electric cars distribution using Motorways of Sea’s solutions and promoting sustainable shipping concepts 2015  
ELEMED – ELectrification of the Eastern MEDiterranean area (use of Cold Ironing and electricity as a propulsion alternative) 2015 Portion of the project financed under the General Call
ELEMED – ELectrification of the Eastern MEDiterranean area (use of Cold Ironing and electricity as a propulsion alternative) 2015 Portion of the project financed under the Cohesion Call
Blue Baltics – LNG infrastructure facility deployment in the Baltic Sea Region 2015  
Bothnia Bulk - Environmental upgrade of year-round supply in the northern Baltic Sea 2015  
FAMOS Odin: Finalising Surveys for the Baltic Motorways of the Sea 2015  
Preventing Incident and Accident by Safer Ships on the Oceans 2015  
DOOR2LNG -Upgrade of the maritime link integrated in the multimodal container transport routes 2015  
Winter Navigation Motorways of the Sea II, WINMOS II 2015  
The Northern ScanMed Ports - Sustainable Maritime Links 2014 Project info sheet
TWIN-PORT 2 2014 Project info sheet
ReaLNG: Turning LNG as marine fuel into reality in the North Sea-Baltic region 2014 Project info sheet
HEKLA - Helsingborg & Klaipeda LNG Infrastructure Facility Deployment 2014 Project info sheet
FAMOS Freja: Finalising Surveys for the Baltic Motorways of the Sea 2014 Project info sheet
STM Validation Project 2014 Project info sheet
BRIDGE (Building the Resilience of International and Dependent Gateways in Europe) - Motorways of the Sea II 2014 Project info sheet
Back from Black - Study and deployment of the affordable scrubber retro fitting technology for SME shipowners 2014 Project info sheet
Environmental compliance and upgrade of the North Sea MoS Felixstowe-Vlaardingen 2014 Project info sheet
Upgrading and sustaining the competitive core Baltic MoS link Helsinki-Lubeck 2014 Project info sheet
Environmental compliance and upgrade of the North Sea MoS Esbjerg-Immingham 2014 Project info sheet
Environmental compliance and service upgrade of the North Sea MoS Cuxhaven-Immingham 2014 Project info sheet
Upgrading and sustaining competitive sea-based transport service on Baltic MoS Klaipeda-Karlshamn 2014 Project info sheet
Scrubbers: Closing the loop 2014 Project info sheet
Biscay Line - Multiple port Finland-Estonia-Belgium-Spain long distance MoS, relevant to many core network corridors 2014 Project info sheet
Zero Emission Ferries - a green link across the Oresund 2014 Project info sheet
Upgrading and sustaining the competitive Baltic MoS link Germany-Finland (RoRo multiple ports loop) 2014 Project info sheet
Motorway of the Sea Rostock-Gedser - Part 2 2014 Project info sheet
Fresh Food Corridors 2014 Project info sheet
MED-Atlantic Ecobonus 2014 Project info sheet
Compliance monitoring pilot for Marpol Annex VI (CompMon) 2014 Project info sheet
Sweden-Poland Sustainable Sea-Hinterland Services "Sustainable Swinoujscie-Trelleborg MoS based on upgrading port infrastructure, developing intermodal transport and integrating hinterland corridors" 2014

Project info sheet

Portion of the project financed under the General Call

Atlantic Interoperable Services (ATLANTIS) 2014 Project info sheet
Poseidon Med II 2014 Project info sheet
Sustainable LNG Operations for Ports and Shipping - Innovative Pilot Actions (GAINN4MOS) 2014

Project info sheet

Portion of the project financed under the General Call

Study and deployment of integrated gas & water cleaning system and biofuel-MGO blend for the upgrade of the Atlantic corridor 2014 Project info sheet
Installation of gas & water cleaning system for the upgrade of the Atlantic Arch 2014 Project info sheet
Sweden-Poland Sustainable Sea-Hinterland Services "Sustainable Swinoujscie-Trelleborg MoS based on upgrading port infrastructure, developing intermodal transport and integrating hinterland corridors" 2014

Project info sheet

Portion of the project financed under the Cohesion Call

Sustainable LNG Operations for Ports and Shipping - Innovative Pilot Actions (GAINN4MOS) 2014

Project info sheet

Portion of the project financed under the Cohesion Call

Costa II East - Poseidon Med

2013 Project info sheet

Pilot Implementation of a LNG-Propulsion System on a MoS Test Track in the Environmental Model Region 'Wadden Sea'

2013 Project info sheet

Development of North Adriatic ports multimodal  connections and their efficient integration into the Core Network (NAPA STUDIES)

2013 Project info sheet

Sustainable Motorway of the Sea Immingham-Gothenburg through environmental upgrade and compliance while maintaining competitiveness of short sea shipping

2013 Project info sheet

Sustainable Motorway of the Sea Ghent-Gothenburg through environmental upgrade and compliance while maintaining competitiveness of short sea shipping

2013 Project info sheet

TRAINMOS II

2013 Project info sheet

Sustainable Traffic Machines II – The green link between Scandinavia and Continental Europe

2013 Project info sheet

ATLANTICA OPTIMOS

2013 Project info sheet

LNG in Baltic Sea Ports II

2013 Project info sheet

Deployment of next generation scrubber technology for clean and sustainable short sea shipping in the North Sea ECA

2013 Project info sheet

Channel LNG

2013 Project info sheet

Sustainable Trelleborg-Swinousjcie MoS services based on upgrading port infrastructure, developing intermodal transport and integrating hinterland corridors

2013 Project info sheet

Into the future - Baltic So2lution

2013 Project info sheet

BRIDGE - Building the Resilience of International & Dependent Gateways in Europe

2013 Project info sheet

LNG Rotterdam Gothenburg

2012 Project info sheet

SEAGAS

2012 Project info sheet

MONALISA 2.0

2012 Project info sheet

WINMOS

2012 Project info sheet

LNG Bunkering Infrastructure Solution and Pilot actions for ships operating on the Motorway of the Baltic Sea

2012 Project info sheet

Pilot Scrubber - New generation lightweight pilot scrubber solution installed on a Ro-Ro ship operating on the Motorway of the Baltic Sea

2012 Project info sheet

TWIN-PORT

2012 Project info sheet

Kvarken Multimodal Link - Midway Alignment of the Bothnian Corridor

2012 Project info sheet

Methanol: The marine fuel of the future

2012 Project info sheet

ANNA-Advanced National Networks for Administrations

2012 Project info sheet

Business to Motorways of the Sea

2012 Project info sheet

WiderMoS

2012 Project info sheet

Sustainable Traffic Machines-On the way to greener shipping

2012 Project info sheet

Adriamos

2011 Project info sheet

Green Bridge on Nordic Corridor

2011 Project info sheet

COSTA

2011 Project info sheet

LNG in Baltic Sea Ports

2011

Project info sheet

TrainMoS

2011

Project info sheet

IBUK

2011 Project info sheet

The Baltic Sea Hub and Spokes Project

2010 Project info sheet

MOS24

2010

Project info sheet

Monitoring and Operation Services for Motorways of the Sea - MoS4MoS

2010

Project info sheet

MIELE

2010

Project info sheet

ITS Adriatic multi-port gateway

2010

Project info sheet

Motorway of the Sea Rostock-Gedser

2010 Project info sheet

LNG infrastructure of filling stations and deployment in ships

2010

Project info sheet

MonaLisa

2010

Project info sheet

Baltic Link Gdynia-Karlskrona

2009

Project info sheet

Motorways of the Sea projects in the Baltic Sea Area Klaipéda-Karlshamn link

2008

Project info sheet

High Quality Rail and Intermodal Nordic Corridor Königslinie 2008 Project info sheet
Protorways of the Sea Esbjerg - Zeebrugge 2008 Project info sheet
Building the Motorways of the Sea - the Mediterranean -- .pdf (348.1 KB)
West Med Corridors 2006

Project info sheet

Masterplan - .pdf (7.7 MB)

Annex I - .pdf (705.1 KB)

 

2016 CALL FOR PROPOSALS IN THE FIELD OF MoS

Consult the 2016 CEF Transport Calls for Proposals, which opened on 13 October 2016.

2015 CALL FOR PROPOSALS IN THE FIELD OF MoS

Consult the 2015 CEF Transport Call for Proposals, which opened on 6 November 2015. 

2014 CALL FOR PROPOSALS IN THE FIELD OF MoS

Consult the 2014 CEF Transport Call for Proposals, which opened on 11 September 2014. 

 

CONTACT

For more information regarding MoS activities, you may contact us at inea@ec.europa.eu


FAQs

Frequently asked questions about MoS, especially concerning the 2016 CEF Transport Call, are available on the Call's dedicated FAQ section.