Environment The integration of maritime transport in the logistics chain Safety, human element and traffic management



I am proud to present the Detailed Implementation Plan for Motorways of the Sea.

It is my first work programme outlining the vision for future of Motorways of the Sea (MoS) concept as part of the maritime dimension of the Trans-European Transport Network.

Maritime transport contributes to international trade. Improving transport connectivity within the EU and with the neighbouring countries is a major EU transport policy goal, and removal of cross-border bottlenecks and missing links is a main priority in that context.

Motorways of the Sea aim at green, viable and efficient sea-based transport links that are well integrated in the entire EU transport chain and exploit the huge potential of maritime transport as the backbone of international trade.

The policy is supported by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), a dedicated tool for infrastructure financing.

The European Fund for Strategic Investments can also provide significant support. Motorways of the Sea have evolved over time. Nevertheless, its core consists of short-sea routes, investments in ports, associated maritime infrastructure, equipment, facilities as well as introduction of simplified administrative formalities enabling short sea shipping between at least two maritime ports, including hinterland connections.

My Detailed Implementation Plan is built within the three development pillars that I consider as key priorities for shipping and ports and integral part of my work plan:

 Environment (maritime green solutions)

 Integration of maritime transport in the logistics chain

 Safety, Human Element and Traffic Management.

My ultimate objective is to create a European Maritime Transport Space without Barriers, connect Core Network Corridors by integrating the maritime leg and facilitate maritime freight transport within the EU's Internal Market with neighbouring as well as third countries.


Motorways of the Sea should lead to the increase of cargo flows to be carried by maritime traffic, development of efficient ports and better port hinterland infrastructure as well as connectivity. All this with the aim to facilitate a smooth traffic flow in Europe, as well as to contribute decisively to the decarbonisation of transport.

The Detailed Implementation Plan will constitute a comprehensive work programme for the Motorways of the Sea, providing an integrated approach with the other work plans for the nine strategic Core Corridor Networks. This document is only the beginning, accordingly I would like to invite Members of the European Parliament, Member States as well as industry stakeholders to further contribute to this document.

Once consultation with the European Parliament and Member States has taken place, the Detailed Implementation Plan will constitute a clear and precise guidance for the future orientation of the MoS policy.

It is my intention to come up with an updated version in June 2017. Motorways of the Sea have the ambition to re-balance the EU transport system. I invite all readers to work together with the European Commission towards a Motorways of the Sea program that effectively contribute to a more competitive and sustainable transport system.

Brian Simpson OBE

The European Coordinator for Motorways of the Sea.