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Maritime safety and intermodality working group

Links with the strategic framework

On the one hand, maritime safety is a major preoccupation in this area on account of the heavy volumes of traffic and its diversity: freight shipping, cross-Channel ferries, pleasure craft and commercial fishing vessels.

On the other hand, an enhancement of the attractiveness and competitiveness of communications is a vital condition for developing co-operation between maritime regions: improved intermodal transfer possibilities (e.g. ferry train) can make a valuable contribution.

Links will be established with the NWE INTERREG IIIB FINESSE project dealing with freight intermodality and exchange on seas and straits in Europe. SEEDA, Lead partner of the FINESSE project, will participate in the Maritime Transport working group and be in a position to ensure complementarities and synergies between both projects.


  • Production of a Maritime Traffic Map to be updated annually showing the superimposition of the specific approaches habitually considered in isolation, but clearly operating jointly over the whole Channel area: intercontinental and European freight traffic, cross-Channel traffic, fisheries traffic and sailing. This alone represents a key aspect of safety.

  • Definition and testing of an Intermodal Links Tool for identifying/ evaluating the most efficient intermodal links for transport operators and regional transports authorities, with consultation via Internet.

  • Training-action seminar: Preventive Plan. To lay down the foundations of a preventive plan based not on surveillance, but on the identification of sector-specific approaches to various types of traffic and on a global approach to means of prevention.

  • Tests for the improvement of Intermodal Links by organising concerted actions through operators, in order to increase the attractiveness of these cross-Channel links.
Maritime safety and intermodality working group