Barriers Tackled and Project Approach
Northern Beams will tackle organisational, operational, logistical and service barriers by enabling cooperation amongst ports and transport companies, increasing the logistics capacity of SMEs and providing new ways of promoting multimodal services. The project will build on the region’s existing infrastructure and will support beneficiaries improve their sustainability and competitiveness.
The project will be demand led and will respond to the needs of its beneficiaries with practical solutions that can be implemented cost-effectively in the short term. It will also balance these needs with reducing long-distance road transport by supporting them explore and consider multimodal solutions and the use of more remote and inland ports. The project will bring together universities, SMEs, transport companies, local authorities and ports across the North Sea regions to jointly develop and implement the support programme.
Share best practice examples - The project will gather best practice examples from across its stakeholders. The project will share these examples and jointly determine synergies and what can be learn from them. This will highlight potential improvements and will allow the partners to consider opportunities for new routes, services and business.
Placement programme - The project will develop and coordinate a placement programme that will exchange key staff between relevant partners for up to a week. This action will increase the mutual understanding and cooperation across partners.
Showcase events - The project will design and implement a programme of events across all the participant regions to showcase and promote the services of partner organisations. These events will emphasize exploring more sustainable solutions and assembling efficient multimodal routes linked to the TEN-T Network. Importantly, it will also help with the wider promotion of these services beyond the region.
Training programme - The project will design a training programme that will be delivered through workshops and seminars during the implementation of the project. The project will build on these workshops and seminars to further develop this training programme into e-learning resources that will be made openly available outside the partnership.