ARRS project: Developing a sustainable model for the growth of the "green port"
Head: dr.Peter Vidmar
Abstract: The EU follows the trends in increased goods flows, the reduction of environmental pollution and the competitiveness of transport and logistics services on the European and global market. The European Commission dedicated the year 2018 to multimodality. Among the key themes is the field of development of multimodal infrastructure, which will strengthen the functioning of the TEN-T network. Slovenia pursues a European policy in the field of development of multimodal infrastructure. These are several projects and research in the field of railway and port infrastructure development, which are crucial for the operation of multimodal transport and the development of core TEN-T corridors across Slovenian territory (the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor and the Mediterranean Corridor). The cooperation and research carried out so far have shown that such studies require specific knowledge and a longer-lasting research approach. Such studies are very difficult to be implemented with standard approaches but require a specific research tool and a lot of field-specific measurements and surveys. The complexity of the field of research and multidisciplinary topics (transport engineering, coastal engineering, marine science, etc.) require the successive use of many scientific methods of work.
The objectives of the study are to examine the nautical and coastal characteristics of the Gulf of Trieste and port of Koper in terms of the possibilities for the further deepening of the fairway, the enlargement of the mooring areas, impacts on the seabed and the coastal area and the risk to the sea and land. The aim is to obtain quality information that will be the basis for long term planning for the development of maritime transport in Slovenia from the nautical, coastal engineering, social and economic risks points of view.
The project is applicative of high interest for the Port of Koper and National authorities. It falls within the interdisciplinary field because it deals with large interventions into the sea. The project will also devote a lot of questions about ecological impact, in line with PIANC recommendations (where one can find more than 30 recommendations aimed at dredging, it is necessary to look at the effects of the latter very wide, from archaeology further to waste material disposal...).
Since the project is interdisciplinary and includes three organisations, is divided into work packages (Specific Objectives). Each work package is conducted by one or more research organisations (partners), whereas the research content is sequentially or in parallel proceeded. The work plan is based on the concept of work packages, where each partner has specific tasks as specified in the application.
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