The FFC Project was one of the sponsor of the first edition of BiLog – Logistics and Maritime Forum – held in Piacenza on 15/16 February 2017, the two-day event included several roundtables, exhibition space where FFC was presented with a dedicated stand.
The aim of the event, promoted by the Port System Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea and the City of Piacenza, was to establish an international discussion on maritime transport, in order to provide information on EU transport policy, with a focus on European projects and related funding opportunities in these areas. The event has seen a great participation at European level, thanks to the concrete involvement of the Motorways of the Sea coordinator Mr. Brian Simpson, and his adviser Mr. Wojtek Sopinski. Furthermore, among the participants we can mention the attendance of key international players in the transport and logistics sector, representatives from the public-sector, as well as from industry who discussed a range of topics: Motorways of the Sea and European Corridors; new green technologies concerning shipping; sustainable logistics; the role of logistics platforms; railway innovations; inland waterways; digitization of logistics.
Most of these issues are addressed by Fresh Food Corridors: the project has been presented during the Session “Sustainable logistics” where Maša Čertalič. – Head of Strategic Development of the Port of Koper, which is the coordinator of the project, has described the most innovative elements of FFC. In fact, the Action aimed at decreasing transit time, transport costs together with a significant reduction of environmental emissions. The project which has been co-financed by the CEF programme, will address innovative solutions for the transportation of perishable goods, creating an innovative logistics chain: “By using new technologies and shifting traffic from road to rail it will be possible to contribute for a more sustainable logistics chain. At the same time, FFC includes a country from the southern Mediterranean (Israel) that is an important politic element in order to increase regional, EU and neighbouring countries cooperation” has said Ms. Maša Čertalič.
During the First Season, the project has seen the implementation of 3 corridor Pilots. The aim of each Pilot was to test and establish an innovative logistics chain for perishable goods from the Middle-East countries with the main Central European markets via 3 Mediterranean core ports: Venice, Koper and Marseille. To this regard, Ms. Čertalič has declared: “During the first season of the pilot trains we have find out that a commercially feasible train service can stay on the market only with back cargo”.
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