Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Priority Project 21 Priority Project 21

Motorways of the Sea

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PP21 on Motorways of the Sea (MoS) 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. The concept aims at introducing new inter-modal maritime-based logistics chains to bring about a structural change to transport organisation: door-to-door integrated transport chains. It will also help implement the policy initiatives on the European maritime space without barriers, the maritime transport strategy for 2018 and will positively contribute to greenhouse gas (CO2) reductions which is of paramount importance in the context of climate change.


Motorways of the Sea taps on the huge potential of maritime transport as the backbone of international trade. In Europe, this capacity has not yet been fully exploited. Motorways of the Sea, which are based upon successful shipping routes, are designed to shift cargo traffic from heavily congested land networks to where there is more available spare capacity – the environmentallyfriendly waterways. This will be achieved through the establishment of more efficient and frequent, high-quality maritime-based logistics services between Member States.


Mr Luis Valente de Oliveira was nominated European Coordinator for this Priority Project in September 2007.


The MoS Helpdesk website also provides more information on MoS projects and funding opportunities.

Learn more about the active projects managed by the Agency that make up Priority Project 21:

As this website continues to be updated and enhanced, more project information will be added as it becomes available!

Costa II East - Poseidon Med

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

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

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

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


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


LNG in Baltic Sea Ports II

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

Channel LNG

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

Into the future - Baltic So2lution

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

Sustainable Traffic Machines - On the way to greener shipping


Business to Motorways of the Sea

ANNA - Advanced National Networks for Administrations

Methanol: The marine fuel of the future

Kvarken Multimodal Link - Midway Alignment of the Bothnian Corridor


Winter Navigation Motorways of the Sea, WINMOS

LNG Rotterdam Gothenburg

Green Bridge on Nordic Corridor

IBUK – intermodal corridor

LNG in Baltic Sea Ports


On Shore Power Supply - an integrated North Sea network

Adriatic Motorways of the Sea (ADRIAMOS)

LNG infrastructure of filling stations and deployment in ships


The Baltic Sea Hub and Spokes Project

Motorway of the Sea Rostock-Gedser

Monitoring and Operation Services for Motorways of the Sea (MoS4MoS)

Baltic Link Gdynia-Karlskrona

Motorways of the Sea Esbjerg - Zeebrugge

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

High Quality Rail and Intermodal Nordic Corridor Königslinie

West Med Corridors