Strengthening Combined Transport in the Baltic Sea Region
COMBINE
 
PROGRAMME 2014-2020
priority
3 Transport
objective
3.1 Interoperability

COMBINE

In combined transport, goods are moved by train, ships or barges, with the first and last mile covered by road as short as possible. However, the share of this efficient and more environmentally friendly transport scheme remains small in the Baltic Sea region due to spatially scattered transport and a tradition of road transport. COMBINE aims to increase this share by improving the operation at terminals and reducing the costs of the last mile by introducing new solutions such as platooning, longer/heavier trucks, e-trucks, and LNG-trucks.
Project summary

COMBINE wants to enhance the share of combined transport in the Baltic Sea region in order to make transport more environmentally friendly.

Competitiveness is a challenge

Combining different transport modes results in additional handling efforts which cost time and money. The challenge of combining transport modes is therefore how to make it efficient and competitive. One way is to compensate handling costs by lower transport cost of the main leg and last mile of the transport chain. The longer the main leg and the shorter last mile, the more competitive combined transport is, in general. In the Baltic Sea combined transport to date can hardly compete with road transport due to rural structures, comparatively low transport volumes and a long tradition of pure road transport. Thus, the share of combined transport is low. This results in inexperience and insufficient knowledge about combined transport and thus low exploitation of the potential of combined transport. COMBINE is working to overcome these challenges.

New technologies and better organization can bring the solution

New technologies regarding main leg transport, terminal handling and last mile operation as well as modern and efficient transport organisation are opportunities for the Baltic Sea region. It is vital to use the benefits of each mode and to optimize each part of the transport chain where appropriate to inhibit pure road transport. COMBINE follows a comprehensive transport service-related approach to strengthen all parts of the transport chain: main leg, terminal handling and last mile. COMBINE contributes to a closer cooperation of policy level, stronger support for combined transport in the Baltic Sea region and finally a stronger role of combined transport in the Baltic Sea region transport system.

Budgets

COMBINE
in numbers
  • 3.39
    Million
    Total
  • 2.64
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.00
    Million
    Eni + Russia
  • 0.00
    Million
    Norway

Highlights by mid-term

Together with partners from the industry and the logistics sector, COMBINE partners successfully implemented a combined transport rail solution between Lithuania and Germany. Within the pilot, innovative technical solutions for handling of non-craneable trailers have been tested. The pilot solution has provided the proof that the solution is technically and economically feasible. Involved industry players intend to keep the service running after the project.

Further, COMBINE has prepared a knowledge base covering e.g. terminals in the area to make the use of combined transport solutions easier for the market.
Finally, recommendations for more target-oriented support programmes have been developed and introduced to politicians in the area. A close dialogue with the industry, as well as the political level have been a major concern of COMBINE.

Outputs

Project Stories

Partners

Port of Hamburg Marketing

  • Town
    Hamburg
  • Region
    Hamburg
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
622,750.00
53.55034110.000654

German promotion center for intermodal transport

  • Town
    Berlin
  • Region
    Berlin
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
289,723.00
52.517036513.3888599

Danish Civil Aviation and Railway Authority

  • Town
    Copenhagen V
  • Region
    Byen København
  • Country
    Denmark
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
296,125.00
55.686724312.5700724

Danish Road Directorate

  • Town
    København V
  • Region
    Byen København
  • Country
    Denmark
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
182,510.00
55.686724312.5700724

JSC LTG CARGO, PR 4-5

  • Town
    Vilnius
  • Region
    Vilniaus apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
204,500.00
54.639219825.2973838

Latvian Logistics Association

  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
    Rīga
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
128,421.08
56.949397724.1051846

University of Gdansk

  • Town
    GDANSK
  • Region
    Trójmiejski
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
320,000.00
54.3611928518.62860883362069

Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship

  • Town
    Toruń
  • Region
    Bydgosko-Toruński
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
127,550.00
53.010272118.6048094

City of Bydgoszcz

  • Town
    Bydgoszcz
  • Region
    Bydgosko-Toruński
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
140,000.00
53.121964818.0002529

Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Pirkanmaa

  • Town
    Tampere
  • Region
    Pirkanmaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
300,011.00
61.498021423.7603118

Region Örebro county

  • Town
    Örebro
  • Region
    Örebro län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
131,340.00
59.274728715.2151181

CLOSER/Lindholmen Science Park AB

  • Town
    Göteborg
  • Region
    Västra Götalands län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
244,637.00
57.707232611.9670171

Hamburg Institute of International Economics

  • Town
    Hamburg
  • Region
    Hamburg
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
149,350.00
53.55034110.000654

International Union for Road-Rail transport

  • Town
    Brussels
  • Region
    Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale / Arr. van Brussel-Hoofdstad
  • Country
    Belgium
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
255,302.50
50.84655734.351697

JSC "LG CARGO" (dropped out), PR1-3

  • Town
    Vilnius
  • Region
    Vilniaus apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
0.00
54.639219825.2973838