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May Multimodality: Results and Recommendation Results at Workshop level .
Workshop Manual

The programme of the workshop proposed many interesting presentations about the general concept of multimodality, intermodality and co-modality together with the requirements related to the management of a complex supply chain or a complex intermodal chain adopting ICT and EDI solutions.

The workshop on "Multimodality: results and recommendations" was planned to present three main aspects of multimodality:

  • the data about traffic
  • the aspects of infrastructure and operators
  • the management of Multimodal Chains in terms of organisation, contractual aspect and technology (EDI and ICT)

The experts, from 9 countries, discussed organisational, business, legal and technical issues. The legal framework of intermodal transport at transanational level has been presented by Prof. Zunarelli, President of ITL, the Institute for Transport and Logistics that was hosting the meeting together with Regione Emilia Romagna. The discussion about legal aspects demonstrated the relevance of trusted companies even for services relevant for the supply chain.
Data about traffic have been presented by Fioravanti (cargo flows in Mediterranean area), Galloni (intermodal statistics), Cappelli (rail traffic through Alps) and (Lubeck) (Cargo flows in Baltic area and added value services).
The projects related to infrastructures have been presented by Rosini (the region as a logistic platform), Iacono (the Marzaglia project), Cappelli (the infrastructure for train connection towards Alps).
The aspects related to management of intermodal chains have been presented by Campagna (the role of comodality and new technologies), Llopp (the experience of the port of Valencia), Fioravanti (EDI and Cargo Flows in the Mediterranean area), Campanai (the requirements of virtual transport services), Bonfatti (ICT services for future logistic centers).

During the workshop, two very interesting visit have been organised: a) the Interporto of Bologna - intermodal node and freight village, b) the DUCATI production plant. In the first visit, the focus was the daily management aspects of a freight village with the impact of ICT solution in the management; in the second visit, the focus was the global production chain and the outbound logistic organisation.

During the workshop, the results of the WG3 studies financed by Hamburg Port Authority have been presented and discussed. The presentations can be downloaded by the proceedings, while the studies will be available in the PORTNET website by end of June 2007).

  • The Study about Baltic Sea, focused mainly the identification of valued added services on the basis of various parameters.
  • The Study about the Mediterranean Sea focused the relevance of ICT and EDI applications for having regional logistics platforms characterised by fragmentation (small ports of the Mediterranean sea with respect to Hamburg, Antwerp and Asian ports).

The main recommendations by participants are:

  • to disseminate the meaning of EDI and the impact in the business processes; many companies are not informed about the potential impact of ICT and EDI
  • There is the need to analyse the impact of ICT in the business processes of the companies especially SMEs
  • Intermodal nodes, such as ports and freight villages are not exchanging data at a sufficient level for improving the competitiveness of local companies
  • The Interporto of Bologna is an interesting example of freight village that is adopting ICT for better organisation
  • There is a strong need of standardisation in terms of EDI enhancing the interoperability among big transport players, freight forwarders and freight integrators


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