The MEDNET Project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, one of the main funding instruments within the European Regional Policy and makes part of the Operational Programme 'Mediterranean Programme' 2007-2013.
Mediterranean area consists of countries open to the rest of the world but at the same time peripheral for Europe. Southern Europe is characterised by geographical splintering resulting in reduced growth and restricted transportation facilities, compared to the metropolitan areas of north Europe. The aim of the programme is to strengthen cooperation among Mediterranean countries in order to achieve economic and social cohesion and then sustainable development for the whole European Union.
The project will establish a network of port authorities and transport experts of the Mediterranean – on a long-term basis – focusing on the exchange of experiences concerning port and custom procedures and the simplification of clearance of vessels and cargoes. This is expected to enhance the common understanding of such procedures and promote the introduction of information systems to ports and potentially other intermodal nodes.
The lead partner of this project is Rete Autostrade Mediteranee RAM) from Italy. Apart from Transport Malta (TM), the other partners involved are Ancona Port Authority S.A and Taranto Port Authority (Italy); National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Igoumenitsa Port Authority S.A., Patras Port Authority S.A. (Greece); Center for Innovation in Transport (CENIT), Valenciaport Foundation (Spain); Chamber Of Commerce & Industry Of Marseille Provence (France); Cyprus University of Technology, Maritime Institute of Eastern Mediterranean (Cyprus); Institute of Traffic and Transport Ljubljana (Slovenia); Consultores em Transportes Inovação e Sistemas (TIS) (Portugal); Intermodal Transport Cluster (KIP), Port of Rijeka Authority, Zadar Port Authority (Croatia); Albanian Institute of Transport (AIT) (Albania).
Malta needs to develop a National Single Window (NSW) in preparation for the entry into force of Directive 2010/65/EU in order to simplify and harmonise the administrative procedures related to port formalities by making the electronic transmission of information standard and by rationalising reporting procedures, ensuring that the reporting formalities are requested in a harmonised and coordinated manner.
The Masterplan for the set up of Malta’s National Single Window will feed in the MEDNET Strategic Action Plan which is intended towards the harmonisation of port operations.
As part of the MEDNET project, TM will commission a detailed study which will serve as a Masterplan to be implemented by Transport Malta as the authority and regulator responsible for all Maltese ports to effectively implement the National Single Window. The study will include:
An analysis of the current involvement of all the stakeholders and all legitimate interests in port operations
One-to-one consultations with all stakeholders who have vested interests in ports, including port terminals, shipping and freight forwarding agencies as necessary
Assessment of any shortfalls that currently are in existence that will hinder the implementation of the National Single Window
Analyses of the best practices in place and suggest ways how these can be improved
An assessment of the current PortNet system and needs analysis of how this has to be updated to cater for the functionality of a National Single Window application
Establish all the legislative, operational and reporting requirements for the National system incorporating all the stakeholders (Port Authorities, Customs, Health, Agents, etc) and international obligations
Review and analysis of the SafeSeaNet (SSN) business logic and architecture in light of service requirements
Mapping of requirements into functional requirements affecting NSW further evolution and identification of important interdependencies
Drawing up of all tendering documentation for all systems to be implemented
Undertaking of tangible analysis once the Masterplan is drawn up
Provision of data to the Ports Operation Observatory in the Mediterranean (to be created by MedNet project)
The Master Plan for the setup of Malta’s National Maritime Single Window
A call for tenders for a Masterplan for the set up of Malta’s National Maritime Single Window was issued on 12th December 2013. This aims to meet the requirements of EU Directive 2010/65/EU, which aims to reduce the quantity of data passed to the various port authorities by rationalizing administrative formalities.
Member States are required to set up electronic systems that are secure, integrated, interoperable and accessible to exchange the data included on Customs declarations and the documents that accompany Customs declarations and certificates. This aims to further develop the concept of a borderless European maritime transport area by considerably reducing the cost and duration of time in port, facilitating import and export formalities and providing a means of monitoring goods more efficiently. The full benefits of electronic data transmission can only be achieved where there is smooth and effective communications between SafeSeaNet, e-Customs and the electronic systems for entering or calling up data.
Transport Malta is seeking to coordinate electronic document transmission so that a single message or document can be sent to several departments (Customs, Police Department, Shipping Agents, Health Department, Vet Office) from a ship entering port or its agents.
The call for tenders for the development of the Masterplan has closed and Transport Malta will, with the assistance of consultants, start consultations with various stakeholders and develop the Masterplan.
The International Conference took place on the 29th of October 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotel St Julian’s. Hosted by Transport Malta, the event brought together project partners, foreign and local stakeholders and beneficiaries. For more information on the event, please click here
Mednet capitalization event in Greece - "Harmony in Blue", 27th - 29th May 2015. For more information and registration to the event, please click here
The MEDNET project started in July 2012 and is scheduled to be finalised by December 2014.
For more information on this project, please visit the official webpage here
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