BSR Transport Cluster

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BSR Transport Cluster
Projektleitung Joachim Winkler , Prof. Dr. phil.
Projektbeginn 01. Januar 2012
Projektabschluss 01. Januar 2013
Projektpartner Partner aus DE, FI und SE
Projektbeteiligte Baltic.AirCargo.Net Projekt // Hochschule Wismar ,
Mittelgeber Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007 - 2013, ERDF / ENPI
Fakultät(en) Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Forschungsschwerpunkte(e) Bauen und Planen


Being a platform scaling the whole Baltic Sea Region and connecting all transport modes, the cluster cooperation will lay out the formula for a green Baltic Sea Region transport network. Eight projects join forces and will – by combining their vast knowledge – cover all aspects of sustainable transport development. By packaging business solutions, recommendations on investments, management plans, identification of key stakeholders, analysis of future freight flows and environmental & health impacts into one coherent concept, the BSR Transport Cluster partners will take joint standpoints on future EU and macroregional transport and regional growth policies.

In 2009 three transport projects formulated an official agreement to cooperate on the development of green transport solutions. The cooperation would make sure that experiences were shared, main results harmonised and that they together developed common standpoints on future EU and macroregional transport and regional growth policies. As time went by, the cooperation expanded through finding synergies with a wide range of transport projects in the Baltic Sea Region and North Sea Region Programmes. In spring 2012, when the Baltic Sea Region Programme made available funding for a transport cluster, 8 projects from the informal “umbrella cooperation” agreed to officially join forces and in September 2012 the “BSR Transport Cluster for sustainable, multimodal & green transport corridors” started up to last for one year until September 2013.


In formal terms, the transport cluster initiative is composed of partners representing three BSR countries (Finland, Germany and Sweden) as determined by the location of the leading organisations of the 8 partner projects.

In addition to that, the transport cluster initiative is supported by other transport projects in the BSR that will contribute to selected activities. The cluster will also reach outside the BSR by host discussions with projects representing other transnational spaces or cross-border programmes, which can offer substantial value to the cluster work.


The planned cluster outputs can be summerised under following four themes:

Corridor investments The cluster will present a manual with guidelines, KPIs and steering mechanisms, to identify basic technical and organisational elements for the development of an efficient and environmentally friendly transport corridor. The cluster will also focus on particular corridors and their overall network in the BSR, and present recommendations for investments in smart infrastructure and logistics services based on: overall scenarios, political targets and performed business cases.

Smart logistics and governance The cluster will present plans promoting a sustainable network of logistic centres in areas of low accessibility and provide management information how to overcome organisational logistical problems. The cluster will also investigate decision-making processes in transport and regional development by public and private stakeholders active in the corridor development.

Clean shipping The cluster will analyse options and scenarios for pollutants emission control based on investigations on atmospheric transport of pollutants; tracking of environmental and health impacts of transport modes and scenarios. Investigation on best practise financing arrangements for investments in BSR transport and logistics for the purpose of clean shipping will also be carried out.

Business solutions for green transport To green the transport corridors the cluster will promote commercial solutions like: an Information Broker System for information exchange between actors in a transport chain; marketing concepts for extension of transnational travel information systems; ICT for air cargo, multimodal chains/blocktrains or alternative vehicle fuels for long distance transport.


The transport cluster initiative intends to:

Maintain and further expand the cooperation platform for projects dealing with transport and regional growth in the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013.

Bridge activities of individual projects in the area of green transport solutions.

Strengthen complementarities and synergies of project’s results and thereby provide a joint standpoint and harmonised contribution to the implementation of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy (Priority Area 11) and EU transport and cohesion policies.

Promote a corridor approach (with such aspects as transport development, territorial cohesion and sustainable regional growth) in strategic transport planning in the Baltic Sea Region at the EU, macroregional, national and regional levels.

Develop a showcase of successful financing arrangements for transport and logistics in the BSR.

Formulate rational for programming transport and accessibility measures in the next transnational BSR programme and relevant CBC programmes.