Besides the coordinating steering committee meetings
the activities of the three further components of Port-Net are dealing with present questions on port development and transport economics.
The component EU-Policies, Port Adminis- tration, Management and Finance
will initiate a best practice dialog on different administrative, management and financing forms in the light of an identical framework of EU-regulations. Target of these activities is to contribute to an increase of sectoral efficiency and a reduction of trade costs.
The component "Ports and Multi-modal Transport Structures" contains the subtopics Maritime Cargo Transportation Challenges
and Port Operations, Hinterland Cargo Distribution and Logistic Centres
from the maritime and landside perspective. Here the challenges for ferry and short-sea shipping, container operations and multi-modal hinterland structures in the light of the fast booming inter and intra-EU trade will be analysed.
In the final component Ports and People
several activities deal with challenges concerning maritime passengers, tourists, urban-development, environment and culture. These new port activities with a growing demand are an important challenge for the infrastructural port development, since on the one hand jobs and value added can be attracted and on the other hand conflicts with traditional activities have to be solved.