The PORTA project, which brought together partners from five Mediterranean countries (Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Slovenia), aimed at defining and implementing common strategies in the field of integrated transport and in designing procedures to increase the role of ports as strategic agents of shipping and as an access gateway within the regions. The overall objective of the project was to enhance the accessibility of port systems to surrounding internal regions in order to promote trade in the Mediterranean Sea and reduce the environmental impact of transportation in coastal urban areas. To this end, PORTA identified the following three specific objectives:
- To decongest the maritime transport system by promoting and coordinating modal shift of various policies
- Integrate maritime policies to port systems through land use procedures and / or transport planning in coastal areas
- Develop common approaches and create tools that will be implemented in the euro area at the network of Mediterranean ports.
BEE GROUP SA through a competitive procedure, undertook the specific project and in this context implemented the following actions:
- Port Action Plans
Guided by the University of Catania, this phase aims to develop common guidelines for the implementation of integrated standards for port management and urban and environmental policy in order to find a holistic solution for congestion in urban ports. A SWOT survey and analysis was held so that the best practices implemented in each port can be found. This way we can compare the problems with the solutions that each port uses to identify common standards and solutions. Following the agreement to adapt a common design model, each port developed and adopted an Action Plan to identify integrated design approaches. Each port worked in harmony with urban bodies in its Action Plan to ensure the greatest possible involvement of economic, social and environmental bodies. The decision-making procedures were finalized by deciding each of the port's action by local bodies, followed by the implementation and auditing of the port's action plan.
- Bill on Short Sea Shipping Bonus
By the guidance of the Chamber of Commerce and the Industry of Marseille Provence, the partners have acknowledged and implemented the European and National shipping regulations and analyzed the consistency of European and national legal frameworks in the field of urban policies and port planning. Based on the study of legislation and planning tools, the partnership developed a proposal for a European Directive / Regulation in order to strengthen incentive policies in multimodal shipping and submitted its approval to the European Commission.