10 December 2020

Shipping and port operations are going to become autonomous and green


The Scandria Aliiance Working Group on Multimodality & Digitalisation organized a webinar on the potentials of Automation in Maritime and Inland Waterway transport on 2nd December 2020.
Presenters from the Port of Helsingborg, the Port of Venice, Berlin Westhafen and Kongsberg Maritime gave an overview of the state of the art on automation in waterbound transport.

The Joint Spatial Planning Department introduced listeners to the Scandria®Alliance and the Scandinavian Adriatic Corridor.
The 74 attendees representing regions from the entire Scandria®Corridor, from Norway to Italy, were briefed by the Port of Venice on a new planning software, which allows for a more efficient planning of railbound transport in ports. The Port of Helsinborg gave an insight into their strategy on automation, digitalization and electrification until 2035, with the goal to not only find more environmental-friendly solutions but also increase the ports handling capacity. Kongsberg Maritime gave an overview over the current attempts to develop autonomous ships within the H2020 project Autoship but also on other projects, such as the Yara Birkeland and the ASKO Sea Drones. BEHALA, as the operator of the Berlin Westhafen port, presented their A-Swarm project, aiming at developing autonomous vessel-units, that operate independently or in formation as one unit.

A few days after the 2nd International Ship Autonomy and Sustainability Summit, held by the European Commission, the webinar clearly showed that there is a lot of activities related to autonomous shipping in the Scandria®Corridor regions. The presenters clearly stated, that in this early phase of development, it is essential to collaborate to share knowledge. Especially for smaller market actors it is difficult to bear the full risk.

Documentation of the webinar is available here:

09 November 2020

Scandria®Alliance Autumn Online Seminar reveals the need to strenghten efforts for sustainable transport


"We have to do our homework first", Dr. Walter Huber replied to a question whether we need to increase import of hydrogen to foster a hydrogen economy in Europe. "There is a discussion on whether we should import hydrogen produced in North Africa. This is the wrong discussion, we need to strengthen our regional hydrogen economy by using efficiency potentials in production, transport and thus creating regional added value."

Dr. Walter Huber, member of the board of the Institute for Innovative Technologies in Bolzano, Italy and a pioneer of hydrogen technology was one of the speakers at the Scandria®Alliance Autumn Online Seminar, held 4th November 2020 as an online event, hosted by the Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg heading the Scandria®Alliance, a collaboration of regions in the Scandria®Corridor stretching from Scandinavia to the Adriatic Sea. About 50 participants followed impulses from regions in the entire Scandria®Corridor, adressing the core issues discussed within the Scandria®Alliance: clean fuels, cross-border infrastructure and digital, multimodal transport.

Dr. Walter Huber as well as Petter Christiansen, Climate Advisor in the City of Oslo presented ambitions towards clean transport along the Brenner Corridor and in Oslo, largely based on fuel cell and battery electric vehicles. Jonas Karlsson, CEO of Oslo Sthlm 2:55 AB as well as Henrik Saske, director of the European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation "New Railway Line Dresden-Prague" showcased the plans and challenges associated with cross-border railway projects between Oslo and Stockholm or Dresden and Prague. Felix Käufler, Saxon State Ministry for Regional Development complemented these cross-border perspectives by a broader view on corridors, and their capitalisation for regional development by Corridor Capitalisation Plans, developed within the project CORCAP. Giuseppe Luppino, head of the Unit European Projects at the Institute for Transport and Logistics in Bolzano introduced how logistics comptence centres are able to link regional logistics environments and academic ressources at a European level within the network OpenEnLocc and Lasse Nykänen, Vediafi Oy Helsinki, informed about the European project FEDeRATED, aiming to improve the transparancy and interoperability of digital platforms by standardising interfaces and procedures.

It was common sense, that decarbonisation and digitalisation of transport are the main challenges for the future. Joint efforts in the Scandria®Corridor can make a difference, not only by sharing knowledge but also by creating relevance, i.e. when pushing car manufacturers to deliver urgently needed clean fuel vehicles, scaling up the market for hydrogen, when positioning for a higher priority of cross-border rail transport in national transport planning or when participating in the development of open and transparent digital supply chains. Thus, there is a good momentum to support each other with the homeworks to be done.

A contribution from the European Commission presented by Nora Schindler from the Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg, made clear that the European Union will further stress the contribution of TEN-T policy to the Green Deal with special emphasize and clean fuels, digitalisation and cross-border rail transport. Dr. Jürgen Neumüller, head of Unit European Spatial Development at the Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg, underlined, that this is fully in line with the aims of the Scandria®Alliance, that is ready to support corridor regions in their activties towards mobility transition. He highlighted, the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic may have and the need to assess and discuss effects on transport in the corridor regions, a task that is on the desk right now. He stressed, that the Scandria®Alliance is an open collaboration and invited participants to join the discussion within the Scandria®Alliance working groups.

31 August 2020

Representatives of eight urban nodes in the Baltic Sea Region discussed challenges with the European Commission


During an online seminar, organised by the Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg on 10th June 2020, in the frame of the BSR Access project, first outcomes of a survey amongst urban nodes and their challenges have been discussed in the context of ongoing TEN-T revision.

Urban nodes in the BSR. Representatives of the blue ones participated in the online seminar. © INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT

After a tour-de-table presentation of participating urban nodes, Vera Kissler, Advisor to Ms Catherine Trautmann, coordinator of the North Sea - Baltic Core Network Corridor, presented the current status of TEN-T revision with special attention to urban nodes. She highlighted, that it is discussed to improve the TEN-T functionalities in urban nodes, recognizing their importance as intersection between TEN-T and urban transport as well as hotspots for developing and implementing smart and innovative mobility solutions, especially for first and last mile transport. For the future it is discussed to both, extend the list of urban nodes and to refine their definition.

Sven Friedrich, INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT Professor Böhm und Partner, briefly presented the outcomes of the survey carried out in BSR Access and conclusions, the consultants have drawn. According to him major challenges are related to integrated planning, financing and an urban node definition, that well distiguishes between the TEN-T dimension and urban transport dimension yet being flexible enough to react on market developments, especially in the logistics sector.

In the discussion it became evident, that a more comprehensive view on urban nodes and their inter-relations to the transeuropean transport network is needed. This mainly means to better reflect on TEN-T planning in urban transport planning and vice-versa. Funding mechanisms need to get better coordinated between different European and national funding schemes.

Documentation of the seminar can be found at


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