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Specific Support Action for pan-European stakeholders and users sustaining integrated pilot technologies for increasing the efficiency of intermodal support

Period: November 2004 till April 2006
Status: Completed

The importance of transport technologies and transhipment equipments which are not yet optimised for goods handling and moving will become even more critical with the enlargement of the European Union to Eastern Europe that will shift transport demand to/from the accession countries. It is critical to raise awareness and come to an efficient solution as soon as possible so as to decrease potential points of friction and costs. The main problems that will be addressed in the specific support action INTERMODE-TRANS are: - Incompatibility between the different available technologies;- Incapacity of the different terminal technologies to cope with the increased demand of transport;- Standardisation and interoperability of transport technologies which are not actually optimised for easy handling and moving of goods. The Specific Support Action INTERMODE-TRANS will target ongoing research and development with regard to transport technologies that can achieve a sustainable modal shift from road to railways and waterborne routes including inland navigation and short sea shipping, promoting the development of transhipment technologies and equipments based on the real need of the end-users. This will be done through an interaction among transport operators, engineering companies and manufacturers of transhipment technologies. It will also give a specific attention to target SMEs through several workshops used to gather information. Therefore, one of the key aims of INTERMODE-TRANS is to provide a platform among manufacturers, engineering and transport operators, generating then RTD guidelines for innovative technologies. Within the dynamic platform, a second objective is to prepare the ground for future RTD activities within and beyond FP6 by networking and creating constituencies of technologies suppliers and stakeholders in order to investigate future research challenges and associated implementation models.

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