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Europe’s TEN-T Review Must Recognise the New Roles of Ports

Logistic News - Published on Fri, 13 Sep 2019

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Before summer, the European Commission kicked off the review of the TEN-T Regulation 1315/2013 with a public consultation. The European Sea Ports Organisation submitted its proposals for the review. ESPO’s Secretary General Isabelle Ryckbost said that European ports remain strong supporters of the 2013 Europe’s Transport Infrastructure Policy, which literally put the seaports on the TEN-T map. It is now time to adapt the framework to the new market realities, new challenges and new needs. Looking in a more comprehensive way at what ports can do, not only for transport, but also in terms of decarbonisation of society and digitalisation of supply chains and having that mirrored in the guidelines, is one of the to-do’s in this review. Nowadays ports are much more than a component of maritime transport, they have a pivotal role between the different modes and the different networks.

For European ports, the review must be used, above all, as an opportunity to update the TEN-T network in relation to new market realities such as volume growth, scale increases; new societal challenges climate, air pollution, noise, increasing urbanisation; new needs digitalisation, automation, e-commerce; and as a consequence, the changing role of European ports.

ESPO said that seaports are more than a component of maritime transport infrastructure. The new TEN-T guidelines should be adapted to recognise the role many seaports are playing as strategic multimodal nodes, nodes of energy and digital hubs on top of their classical role as components of maritime transport infrastructure. Their unique role makes each European port a strategic partner in responding to today’s main challenges of decarbonisation and digitalisation.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Fri, 13 Sep 2019
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