Executive Summary
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THEME 3 Improving Transport
NSP - Future
Shared Space
NSP - Future

The Role of North Sea Ports and Future Challenges in Maritime Logistics (initiated by the Network of REgional MARitime Competence Centres - REMARCC)
Project Aim

The project builds on the work, which has been undertaken through the Interreg IIIB project REMARCC II. The overall concept of the project is to undertake research to analyse the role of North Sea ports in Maritime logistics and on the future challenges for ports. In order to achieve this project will look at two services that ports offer for maritime logistics. The first being the challenges and threats deriving from an increase in vessel sizes and the second considers the additional added value services in the logistics sector.

Project implementation and results

Spatial development
The project ‘NSP Future’ analysed the role of North Sea  ports in Maritime Logistic as well as the identified future challenges that ports have to cope with in order to maintain their role in the whole logistic chain. The project results consist of ten reports.

The project has developed an approach for strategic policy for the North Sea Region for analysing and identifying the possibilities for attracting value added services in the logistic sector in port regions.

The results from the ‘NSP  Future’ project show the framework condition where the NSR ports are moving themselves in terms of vessel size development, feeder service networks, infrastructure requirements, and logistical requirements from international supply chains.

Based on this situation challenges were identified that need to be met by the ports and the concerned regions in order to sustain competitiveness and efficiency in terms of economical, social and environmental issues.

Joint transnational strategy

Mode of Cooperation
More industry participation would be valuable; however this is very difficult due to confidentiality issues when attempting to involve private companies in working areas that are of particular relevance for one or more companies. One way to resolve this issue might be to approach industry associations in order to fund project ideas that are of high priority to all or a majority of companies in that specific industry.

The project results are built on Interreg IIIB project within the North Sea programme, REMARCCII. The results of the ‘NSP FUTURE’ have been considered in the MOSES project within 6th Framework programme as well. The cooperation has comprised exchange of results and knowledge gained in the projects and exchange of contacts with relevant stakeholders.

Impact of the project

The project results show that the market for port operators is changing by radical means. Deep sea Container carriers, above 12.000 TEU will lead to structural changes for all channel members in the distribution system. It is assumed that new strategies, new product concepts and further corporation between companies will lead to over all changes in the value change.


Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap - Waterways and Sea Canal Agency, BE
University of Applied Science - Oldenburg / Ostfriesland / Wilhemshaven, DE
Chalmers University of Technology, SE
Institute for Transport Studies in Padborg, DK
Agder Research Foundation, NO
Napier University Transport Research Institute (TRI), UK

Bremen Senator for Economics and Ports

Project Manager

Renate Bartholomaeus-Luethge
Bremen Senator for Economics and Ports Zweite Schlachtpforte 3
D-28195 Bremen
Tel: +49 421 361 2336

Measure: 2.3

Start Date: 30 November 2005
End Date: 31 December 2006

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