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Nov 2014

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Global Project and Sea2Sea Action Objectives

The Global Project refers to the development of a multimodal corridor to link the north-east Aegean ports to the ports of the Black Sea and the Danube, thus providing an alternative route to the congested Bosporus Straits. Therefore, the main objectives of the Global Project are:

  • to assess the feasibility and viability of the Sea2Sea corridor, by examining alternative development/operational scenarios and proposing concrete actions for its realisation (this consists the main objective of the present Action)
  • provided the above assessment is positive, to undertake all required technical and operational studies for setting the corridor into operation (e.g. geotechnical studies, rail infrastructure upgrade/alignment studies, port infrastructure upgrade studies, port-rail administrative and procedural coordination studies, etc.)
  • to proceed with the necessary infrastructure implementations (works) for the operationalisation of the corridor.

The Sea2Sea Action represents the first necessary step for realising the Sea2Sea corridor. If the Action proves that the specific corridor can be both feasible and viable, then the next steps (involving the necessary technical studies and works) can follow. 


Sea2Sea Action Objectives

The Sea2Sea Action aims at exploring the feasibility and viability of the Sea2Sea corridor, by examining alternative development/operational scenarios and proposing concrete actions for its realisation. In order for this to be achieved, a number of sub-objectives are set, namely:

  • to analyse the current state and identify the future development of the Aegean and Black Sea region, the main freight corridors serving or crossing it and the Sea2Sea corridor in relation to them.
  • to define a project mix and action plan for enhancing the Sea2Sea corridor’s competitiveness
  • to define the major building blocks for the corridor’s implementation, i.e. its funding, governance and needed preparatory actions
  • to achieve stakeholder engagement and public awareness, in relation to the corridor’s implementation.

Action activities

The Sea2Sea action is divided in 5 activities.

  1. 1. Current State Analysis and Long-term Forecast
  2. 2. Design of the Sea2Sea Corridor
  3. 3. Definition of Major Building Blocks for Full Implementation of the Sea2Sea Corridor
  4. 4. Public Awareness Raising
  5. 5. Project Management & Coordination 

Action’s stakeholders

The Beneficiaries for the “SEA2SEA” Action are: 

  • Hellenic Republic, represented by the Ministry of Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, and
  • Republic of Bulgaria, represented by the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications.

The Co-ordinator for the “SEA2SEA” Action is the Hellenic Republic. For the purposes of this Internal Cooperation Agreement, the Hellenic Republic is represented by the Ministry of Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks

The Implementing Bodies

  • Kavala Port Authority SA (designated by the Hellenic Republic)
  • Alexandroupolis Port Authority SA (designated by the Hellenic Republic)
  • Bulgarian Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications
  • Port of Kavala SA acts as Beneficiaries’ Co-ordinator on behalf of the Action Co-ordinator.

Purpose and objectives

Currently the main route linking the Aegean to the Black Sea is via the Bosporus Straits. Via this route, freight flows from Far East are directed to Central and Western Europe, and vice versa. Experience has shown however that the specific route has a number of disadvantages among which, its high cost (in terms of dues and transportation time) and its high risk (in terms of safety and environmental consequences).

Beyond those disadvantages, the absence of an alternative corridor, not only to relieve congestion levels at the Straits but also to act as a resilient route in cases of emergency, requires urgent examination. Linking by rail the ports of North-East Greece to the ports of the Black Sea and further on to the Danube could provide such an alternative solution i.e. the “Sea2Sea corridor”. This Action represents the first necessary step for realising the Sea2Sea corridor.

The overall objective of the present Action is to explore the feasibility and viability of the Sea2Sea corridor, by examining alternative development/operational scenarios and proposing concrete actions for its realisation. In order for this to be achieved, a number of sub-objectives are set, namely:

  1. 1. to analyse the current state and identify the future development of the Aegean and Black Sea region, the main freight corridors serving or crossing it and the Sea2Sea corridor in relation to them.
  2. 2. to define a project mix and action plan for enhancing the Sea2Sea corridor’s competitiveness
  3. 3. to define the major building blocks for the corridor’s implementation, i.e. its funding, governance and needed preparatory actions
  4. 4. to achieve stakeholder engagement and public awareness, in relation to the corridor’s implementation 

Study Objectives

The Sea2Sea Study aims at exploring the feasibility and viability of the Sea2Sea corridor, by examining alternative development/operational scenarios and proposing concrete actions for its realisation. In order for this to be achieved, a number of sub-objectives are set, namely:

  • to analyse the current state and identify the future development of the Aegean and Black Sea region, the main freight corridors serving or crossing it and the Sea2Sea corridor in relation to them.
  • to define a project mix and action plan for enhancing the Sea2Sea corridor’s competitiveness
  • to define the major building blocks for the corridor’s implementation, i.e. its funding, governance and needed preparatory actions
  • to achieve stakeholder engagement and public awareness, in relation to the corridor’s implementation.

The Sea2Sea Study is the main driver to accomplish the above objectives and it involves 4 interrelated Action Activities.

  1. 1. Current State Analysis and Long-term Forecast
  2. 2. Design of the Sea2Sea Corridor
  3. 3. Definition of Major Building Blocks for Full Implementation of the Sea2Sea Corridor
  4. 4. Public Awareness Raising

Deliverable of Activity 1 – Current State Analysis and Long-term Forecast

The deliverable of Activity 1 is a “Report on the Current State and Long Term Development of the Regional Freight Transport System”.


Deliverable of Activity 2 – Design of the Sea2Sea Corridor

The deliverable of Activity 2 is a “Report on the Design of the Sea2Sea Corridor”.


Deliverable of Activity 3 – Definition of Major Building Blocks for Full Implementation of the Sea2Sea Corridor

The deliverable of Activity 3 is a “Report on the Definition of Major Building Blocks of the Sea2Sea Corridor”.

 

Deliverable of Activity 4 – Public Awareness Raising

The deliverable of Activity 4 is a “Report on Stakeholder Engagement and Public Awareness Raising”. 

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