The programme of the workshop proposed many interesting
presentations about the general concept of multimodality,
intermodality and co-modality together with the requirements
related to the management of a complex supply chain or a
complex intermodal chain adopting ICT and EDI solutions.
The workshop on "Multimodality: results and recommendations"
was planned to present three main aspects of multimodality:
the data about traffic
the aspects of infrastructure and operators
the management of Multimodal Chains
in terms of organisation, contractual aspect and technology
(EDI and ICT)
The experts, from 9 countries, discussed organisational,
business, legal and technical issues. The legal framework
of intermodal transport at transanational level has been
presented by Prof. Zunarelli, President of ITL, the Institute
for Transport and Logistics that was hosting the meeting
together with Regione Emilia Romagna. The discussion about
legal aspects demonstrated the relevance of trusted companies
even for services relevant for the supply chain.
Data about traffic have been presented by Fioravanti (cargo
flows in Mediterranean area), Galloni (intermodal statistics),
Cappelli (rail traffic through Alps) and (Lubeck) (Cargo
flows in Baltic area and added value services).
The projects related to infrastructures have been presented
by Rosini (the region as a logistic platform), Iacono (the
Marzaglia project), Cappelli (the infrastructure for train
connection towards Alps).
The aspects related to management of intermodal chains have
been presented by Campagna (the role of comodality and new
technologies), Llopp (the experience of the port of Valencia),
Fioravanti (EDI and Cargo Flows in the Mediterranean area),
Campanai (the requirements of virtual transport services),
Bonfatti (ICT services for future logistic centers).
During the workshop, two very interesting visit have been
organised: a) the Interporto of Bologna - intermodal node
and freight village, b) the DUCATI production plant. In
the first visit, the focus was the daily management aspects
of a freight village with the impact of ICT solution in
the management; in the second visit, the focus was the global
production chain and the outbound logistic organisation.
During the workshop, the results of the WG3 studies financed
by Hamburg Port Authority have been presented and discussed.
The presentations can be downloaded by the proceedings,
while the studies will be available in the PORTNET website
by end of June 2007).
The Study about Baltic Sea, focused
mainly the identification of valued added services on
the basis of various parameters.
The Study about the Mediterranean Sea
focused the relevance of ICT and EDI applications for
having regional logistics platforms characterised by fragmentation
(small ports of the Mediterranean sea with respect to
Hamburg, Antwerp and Asian ports).
The main recommendations by participants are:
to disseminate the meaning of EDI and
the impact in the business processes; many companies are
not informed about the potential impact of ICT and EDI
There is the need to analyse the impact
of ICT in the business processes of the companies especially
Intermodal nodes, such as ports and
freight villages are not exchanging data at a sufficient
level for improving the competitiveness of local companies
The Interporto of Bologna is an interesting
example of freight village that is adopting ICT for better
There is a strong need of standardisation
in terms of EDI enhancing the interoperability among big
transport players, freight forwarders and freight integrators