In spite of these impressive figures very little is known on SMPs’ role in the transport network or importance to local economies. Furthermore, most of the public R&D efforts (like EU Connecting Europe Facility) have been directed to the larger ports.
The aim of the project is to conduct a literary review and SMP related projects review. In addition, a survey is made to SMPs in BSR to compose an overview of major development needs in this port segment. The eventual aim of the work is to sort out the most suitable ports (tentatively 5-10 SMPs) in the region in order to launch a follow up project that would produce good showcases under three following focus areas:
- Promotion of SPMs’ role in the BSR port system having emphasis on interoperability of transport modes
- Enhancing port related industries and services in SMPs
- Elaboration of SMP tailored strategic planning tools
The project started in February 2016 lasting until the end of March 2017. The project is carried out by the Centre for Maritime Studies of University of Turku (lead partner, Finland), Luleå University of Technology (Sweden) and Gdynia Maritime University (Poland). The project is co-financed by the EUBSR Seed Money Facility.
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