Effective Operation in Ports

European trade and economy is highly dependent on ports. The container sector is currently facing an increasing threat of terminal congestions and thus container terminals are the potential bottlenecks within the transport chain. Besides the logistics problems which will arise from container terminal congestion, European ports in general need to strengthen competitiveness by improving availability and cost-benefit ratio of services to all types of vessels, passengers and commodities. European ports do already follow an innovative and pro-active approach, however, appropriately structured research assistance will have a lever function resulting in much higher benefits than costs. After analyzing the current state of the art and requirements, concrete re search objectives have been worked out and translated into the work plan of EFFORTS. The vision is rather simple: to intelligently combine selected key developments so that the overall added value is much more than the sum of individual improvements. The terms of reference are challenging but feasible within the project duration resulting in clearly measurable products and processes. However, searching for new solutions always includes the risk of not achieving all specified. The project approach therefore allows for alternatives to avoid dead ends. EFFORTS is structured around ports and port services resulting in a holistic approach. The work content covers the sub-project areas NAVIGATION, ENVIRONMENT, and ORGANIZATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE clearly focusing on specified objectives to be brought into a coherent context to each other and to the overall goal of increased port effectiveness through the project INTEGRATION activity. Integration in EFFORTS is not restricted to technology and business processes but takes into account crucial social economic aspects such as personnel qualification, business awareness, social responsibility and job satisfaction.


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Sustainable Development, Global Change and Ecosystems

    6th RTD Framework Programme
    European Union
    Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Project Managers:

    Recagno, Valerio

  • Start Date: 20060500
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090400
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25667

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461588
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Knowledge Centre
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:48PM