It’s time to show the results: Newsletter # 7

It’s time to show the results: Newsletter # 7

The end of the project is fast approaching, which marks the deadline for the implementation of the promised activities. However, the issues raised in the projects never disappear with the end of the project – mostly the partnerships update the issues so that they can be studied and improved at a more detailed level later.

The last months of the project have been intensive – stakeholders with whom long hours of conversation have been spent are ready to hear the weight of their contribution, ready to get acquainted with the detailed analysis of the problem, ready to try proposals based on research and knowledge.

It must be admitted that the topic chosen by Baltic Loop is of great interest, there are many unresolved issues, which is why there is still room for discussion on the agenda.
The potential of land and sea transport corridors is an important element not only in terms of sustainability, but also in economic and territorial development, and, ultimately, in the interests of the consumer, the citizen of the European Union.

We invite you to get acquainted with some conclusions from the study on “Dialogues between different transportation actors”, as well as “Assessment of the Transit Corridor Belarus-Latvia-Sweden”. Full text versions of these studies are also publicly available.


Another final project Newsletter is planned to be published in June, including several more valuable research documents, conclusions and recommendations for improving traffic flows in the three transport corridors defined by the Baltic Loop.

Stay tunned in!





Read the Newsletter #7 HERE

Save the date: BALTIC LOOP final conference – 16 June 2021

Save the date: BALTIC LOOP final conference – 16 June 2021

We are pleased to announce that the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 funded BALTIC LOOP project will hold its final conference on 16th June 2021, ahead of the project’s closing.

At present, both national and European Union levels focus on transportation and passenger flows from the North to the South, while the potential of the West and the East is still undiscovered and has a great opportunity for future development. Baltic Loop partnership from Finland, Sweden, Latvia and Estonia have defined three major transport corridors in the Baltic Sea region – North, South and Middle Corridor – seeing their future competitiveness in the common transport network.

In-depth research has revealed several bottlenecks and hindrances that would not only help smoothening flows in these corridors but could also be valuable for other transport corridors in Europe and elsewhere.

We invite you to get acquainted with solutions, optimal port business models for increasing competitiveness, in which small ports and their potential also plays an important role. Digitization, transparent and real-time flow of information, reduced travel time, collaboration and efficient management of structures are just some of the bottlenecks and hindrances the project has highlighted at all three corridors.

We are one step away from opening new and promising transport corridors

Please find the agenda here and save your virtual seat by filling out the registration form

Assessment of the Transit Corridor Belarus–Latvia–Sweden within Baltic Loop

Assessment of the Transit Corridor Belarus–Latvia–Sweden within Baltic Loop

From October 2020 to March 2021 the Foundation “Ventspils High Technology Park” (hereinafter – VHTP) and “eMobility” Ltd. (hereinafter -“eMobility”) had been preparing a Case Study on the Assessment of the Transit Corridor Belarus – Latvia – Sweden within ‘Baltic Loop’ with relation to the main roles of VHTP in the project, i.e. 1) to estimate the cargo flow potential along the transport corridor Sweden-Latvia (Ventspils)-Belarus, plan improvements in the Ventspils port’s infrastructure and processes to increase efficiency and potential of cargo flows; and 2) to plan the best approach and initiate the starting development activities for Ventspils port’s hinterland (freight village, industrial cluster) in order to increase cargo flows and ensure efficient use of ports infrastructure and services.

The structure of the Study focused the following objectives:
• Analyse the current cargo flows and goods on the transport corridor Belarus-Latvia-Sweden via the Freeport of Ventspils.
• Identify hindrances and establish viable port’s hinterland development activities to facilitate more efficient use of transport corridors and port infrastructure and services.
• Identify companies from Belarus and Sweden that would be ready to invest, expand and/or relocate to the Freeport of Ventspils.
• Identify the services that the Freeport of Ventspils needs to offer to such companies (e.g. freight village).
• Provide recommendations of further activities.

In order to accomplish said tasks “eMobility” arranged a series of interviews with Latvian and international authority representatives and experts on port business and freight management along the Sweden-Latvia-Belarus corridor, who provided valuable insights on how ports are dealing with the challenges of existing bottlenecks and fluctuations in the volumes of cargoes transhipped between the East and West. An important part of the Study also covered the analysis of information attained from Latvian institutions (Ministry of Transport, Central Statistical Bureau, etc.), organisations and NGOs (Latvian ports, VIA Latvia, etc.), data from Belarusian and Swedish governmental organisations, and mass media channels.

The company also took part in conducting a survey of Belarusian and Swedish businesses as a potential niche market for the freight village to be established in Ventspils, defining the lead industries of both countries that could make use of the existing infrastructure and workforces available in Ventspils and Latvia. According to the survey a significant number of Belarusian companies are ready to relocate to another country completely or partially. However, Latvia is not the only country that tries to attract Belarusian business. Its main competitors are Poland, Lithuania, Russia, and Ukraine, who are also interested in the raw materials and commodities coming from Belarus. In terms of Swedish companies, the survey indicated that the aforementioned could be attracted by promoting their branches in Ventspils. The main attention should be paid to companies that work in the field of wood processing, manufacture of products using wood as a raw material, and high-tech/machinery, as companies in Sweden are more consumer-goods-oriented.

To ensure that the contributions of the Study are effectively heard and used, the summary included a set of recommendations on the potential of the Belarus-Latvia-Sweden transport corridor and industries willing to expand or relocate to the Freeport of Ventspils, indicating the necessary steps to ensure a competitive offer, hi-tech and innovative solutions for a flexible and productive work environment, a smooth transition and cooperation options to strengthen the image of the country and the Freeport, and ensure more regular cargo flows and diverse customers for a potential freight village and industrial cluster.

The content of the Case Study includes an overview of Latvian port and transit business (industries, cargo volumes, transhipment options, etc.), information on the cooperation in transit business between Belarus, Latvia and Sweden, and infrastructure assessment along the Belarus-Latvia-Sweden Corridor (rail and road infrastructure), economic description, SWOT and competitors’ analysis in terms of cargo flows and freight village development in Ventspils, as well as a list of Belarusian and Swedish companies that have expressed interest in expanding to the Ventspils Freeport.

The “Assessment of the Transit Corridor Belarus – Latvia – Sweden within Baltic Loop” funded by the INTERREG Central Baltic program project “Baltic Loop” within the P3 project priority ‘Well-connected Region’, SO 3.1. ‘Improved transport flows of people and goods’, project No. CB774, and may serve as an example for stakeholders, port authorities and operators in other regions and countries to address similar challenges and opportunities, as well as replicate good practices.

>> Full text version of the research paper available HERE 

The Via Hanseatica Tourism and Transport Corridor Development Vision 2030 was presented to the industry

The Via Hanseatica Tourism and Transport Corridor Development Vision 2030 was presented to the industry

On April 28, Vidzeme Planning Region organized an online seminar “Via Hanseatica – tourism and mobility in Vidzeme”. During the event, the attendees were introduced to the vision of the development of the Via Hanseatica tourism and transport corridor 2030. The strategic document within the Baltic Loop project was developed to identify the necessary transport infrastructure, services and information improvements . The setting is closely in line with the issues raised by Baltic Loop and the goals to be achieved.

The VIA Hanseatica tourist route has more than 200 different attractions, a number of leisure activities and sports venues, and catering companies that introduce Vidzeme’s cultural, historical and culinary heritage. The availability of mobility services and infrastructure is one of the main preconditions for the development of the tourism route VIA Hanseatica, moreover, Vidzeme is crossed by several internationally recognized cycling and walking routes, which is an important resource for the development of cycling and walking tourism.

It should be reminded that the section of the Southern Corridor in the territory of Latvia winds from Ventspils through the Riga metropolitan area and further divides in the directions along the two main state roads A2 and A3 and ends at the Estonian border. It should also be noted here that the A2 section of the road is also known as the VIA Hanseatica tourism and transport corridor, the potential of which has not yet been fully exploited, so its vision is essential for the development of the corridor itself and its anchorages.

The development vision document was prepared in Latvian and it will be available both in the Deliverables section of the Baltic Loop website and on the Vidzeme Planning Region website www.vidzeme.lv.

We invite you to get acquainted with the summary of the document in English HERE.

 

 

 

Get to know the Baltic Loop platform for quality dialogue and cooperation of transport industry

Get to know the Baltic Loop platform for quality dialogue and cooperation of transport industry

A special platform was created during the project (https://www.balticloop.eu/index.php/platform/). The aim of the platform is to encourage mutual communication and facilitate access to documentation for transport stakeholders.

It is possible to find different traffic planning documents of Latvia, Sweden, Finland, Estonia on the platform. The platform consists of several sections, as well as its content is available in different languages.

In the news section, there are compiled articles about the transport industry daily. This allows you to easily get acquainted with current events in one place. The information is updated daily and is gathered from a variety of sources related to the transport industry.

A specially created forum is an opportunity to communicate with those who are related to the transport industry and address issues that are important to them.

It is very important to promote better public sector dialogue with intermodal logistics, passenger transport stakeholders, and other interested parties.

The platform is intended to provide cooperation on innovation for better accessibility. The platform can help agree on common decisions and thus prevent bottlenecks. Particular hopes are placed on stimulating technical innovation in the day-to-day running of freight and passenger transport.

The platform also offers the opportunity to seek partnerships between actors at both regional and national levels, as well as between the public and private sectors. High hopes are placed on joint activities in both planning and strategy development issues.

We invite you to get acquainted with the content of the platform and initiate the first discussions at the national or even international level.

Summary of the last three months: Newsletter # 6

Summary of the last three months: Newsletter # 6

The planning and implementation of well-functioning traffic/transport systems is a complex and multilayered process covering many measures and elimination of transport hindrances and bottlenecks. It affects many actors and sectors (users, planners, authorities and administrations) of the society on all levels. Thus, the process needs to involve and encourage all stakeholders, to a greater extent, to develop more open and transparent communication, better cooperation and a stronger commitment to establish a coordinated, long-term vision and holistic approach to transport system planning.

Reference: Identification of bottlenecks and inefficiencies in transport flows in Baltic Loop East-West corridors with emphasis on maritime logistics, Authors: Irina Wahlström & Yiran Chen, Åbo Akademi University, Published: September, 2020 © Baltic Loop

The end of the project is fast approaching and despite the difficult conditions in the world, the project implementation activities continue.

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