In order to attain a Europe that is well-connected by sea, the TEN-T (Trans-European Transport Network) MOS (Motorways of the Sea) network is to be expanded further as part of the project. This network was highlighted in the European Commission's Transport White Paper of 2001 as an alternative to overland transport. The Motorways of the Sea are to become part of the TEN-T network, thereby simplifying access to the European market and taking the pressure off the European road network.

This expansion is intended, among other things, to improve connections to peripheral regions on the European transport lanes and provide greater promotion of existing short-sea connections between European ports. The intensive exchange of information between public and private stakeholders plays a particularly important role in this process.

B2MoS Business to Motorways of the Sea

The aim of the B2MoS project is to drive forward the development of the TEN-T Motorways of the Sea network connecting North and South Europe, as well as the East and West regions in the Mediterranean area. A further aim of the project is to improve European collaboration by simplifying/standardising specific administrative processes affecting ultra-peripheral and peripheral regions, thereby breaking down existing barriers to trade.

As an innovative study, but also as an implementation project within the participating Member States in the form of pilot developments, the five general project activities are aimed, among other things, at preparing and adapting the computer systems of commercial enterprises and transport companies involved in shipping as well as the systems of port authorities, for instance, to comply with the requirements of Directive 2010/65/EU (Directive on reporting formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from ports of the Member States).

In this respect, the provision of interoperable electronic documents and messages (e.g. electronic sea waybill or electronic commercial invoice) is intended to improve the efficiency of door-to-door transport chains within the MoS, facilitate intra-Community trade and increase European territorial cohesion.


22 partners and five implementing institutions from Spain, Italy, Great Britain, Greece, Slovenia and Germany undertook the project from July 2013 to December 2015, led by Fundación Valenciaport (lead partner). Other European stakeholders such as ship owners, customs and port authorities, IT service providers and PCS operators are also involved in B2MoS as interested parties. Alongside dbh Logistics IT AG, the German partners are Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V. and DAKOSY Datenkommunikations AG.

The B2MoS project, implemented under project code 2012-EU-21020-S, is co-financed by the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and with the participation of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport.

The project follows on from the MOS4MOS project (Monitoring And Operating Services For Motorways Of The Sea) already completed, which focused on consolidating and increasing short-sea traffic in the Mediterranean region. MOS4MOS was launched in March 2011 and reached a successful conclusion in May 2012.

Further information is available at www.b2mos.eu 


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