The 3rd Optimed project Steering Committee Meeting took place in Barcelona, Spain, on December 1st and 2nd 2014, hosted by the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME).
The meeting was attended by the project partners the Autonomous Region of Sardinia; the University of Cagliari, CIREM; the Chamber of Commerce of Beirut and Mount-Lebanon (CCIABML); the European Short Sea Shipping School (2E3S); the Port Authority of Olbia and Golfo Aranci and the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) and also by the Port of Beirut which is heavily concerned about the project.
CIREM presented the current state of the design of the new hub-based network system and the preliminary design of the new hub-based port facilities which aim at improving shipping trade - in timing and freight costs - within the Mediterranean basin. It also presented the design and test of information system for virtual logistics platform introducing the draft of the terms of reference for the design and development of the web-based platform.
Sardinia Region gave an overview about the progress of the work package “communication” announcing the launching of the Optimed webpage and the related project’s newsletters and social networks.
In the framework of this meeting, the 2E3S has also presented the training on Short Sea Shipping, Motorways of the Sea and e-freight by introducing the syllabus and program for the training and the trainees.
The first day ended on the presentation by the CCIA-BML on the monitoring web-based system OpenMedPro, a useful tool to ease the project management.
On December 2nd the administrative and financial issues related to the project were discussed as well as the planning of the first interim report. Following the meeting of the management group, the 2nd meeting of the Steering Committee took place, during which the main lines of action and delays related to the project were discussed and approved.
The meeting ended over with a discussion between the partners and Mr. S. D’Alfonso, Senior Project Manager of the Transport and Urban Development Department of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) to analyze how to integrate the Optimed project with the initiatives of the UfM.