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FINESSE (Freight Intermodality and Exchange on Sea and Straits in Europe)
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This 3-year project led by the UK’s South East England Development Agency brings together 11 partners with the objective of developing sustainable freight transport services between the South East of England, France and Belgium, including rail-ferry services and hinterland connections. The FINESSE project entails research and practical preparations for sustainable, intermodal transport and logistical operations, in particular, by way of transferring freight onto rail-ferries between [...]
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 FINESSE (Freight Intermodality and Exchange on Sea and Straits in Europe)

Lead Partner:
South East England Development Agency (SEEDA)

UK
Tel 00-44-1483 484205
Fax 00-44-1483 484249

Contact:
Detlef Golletz

detlefgolletz@seeda.co.uk

Measure: 5.1

Start date: 2002/09/01
End date: 2006/01/31

ERDF Grant: € 416 148
Total eligible cost: € 8.6M


Partners involved:

UK - Dover Harbour Board

UK - Kent County Council

BE - Port Authority Bruges – Zeebrugge

BE - Province of West Flanders

FR - Region Nord Pas de Calais

UK - South East England Regional Assembly

UK - Dover District Council

FR - Calais Chamber of Commerce and Industry

FR - Port of Dunkerque

FR - Port of Boulogne


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Summary
This 3-year project led by the UK’s South East England Development Agency brings together 11 partners with the objective of developing sustainable freight transport services between the South East of England, France and Belgium, including rail-ferry services and hinterland connections. The FINESSE project entails research and practical preparations for sustainable, intermodal transport and logistical operations, in particular, by way of transferring freight onto rail-ferries between Dover and Calais, and shipping containers and trailers. The partners will carry out feasibility studies, develop business plans, design marketing tools, and negotiate with potential operators. They may envisage submitting future applications for Interreg and/or Marco-Polo based on the results of the project. The issue of rail-ferry cargo transport and the movement of hazardous goods is highly relevant for the NWE region, thus Interreg IIIB is regarded as an extremely suitable vehicle for tackling this issue, which, ultimately depends upon transnational co-operation. The project brings together port authorities, regional authorities and chambers of commerce, and is a highly innovative attempt to co-ordinate strategies across the English Channel/La Manche region and between its port network, the benefits of which could extend far beyond port hinterlands, as far as Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean.

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