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Motorways of the Seas Strategic Demonstration Project

European Union
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Geo-spatial type
Network corridors
Project website
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Network and traffic management systems (NTM)
Transport mode
Multimodal icon
Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport



The application is for an extension of the project with the inclusion of a further two partners, who have been involved in the Stratmos project from the start but were not able to submit their letters of intent in time for the submission of the project in the first call. The potential partners were involved with the Stratmos predecessor project Northern Maritime Corridor.

The Stratmos project aims to promote and facilitate the shift of cargo from road to sea based inter-modal transport. STRATMOS strives to improve accessibility within the North Sea Region by supporting the implementation of the Motorways of the Sea concept and related transport networks in integrated logistical chains.

On the strategic level, the project intends to provide input for the Master Plan to be developed by the North Sea MoS Task Force as well as to EU entities.

On the implementation level practical demonstration projects will be carried out in order to demonstrate actions to be taken by public and private actors to improve the effectiveness of inter-modal transport, in particular related to hubs and hinterland connections.


Parent Programmes
Other Programme
2007 - 2013 North Sea Region


Transnational solutions for invisible intermodal transport 

  • Monitored sailings from Europe to Murmansk 
  • Development of concept and submitted application for new short sea service Norway – Belgium 
  • Development of concept and carried out test sailing for a circle line for barges between Amsterdam and Northern Netherlands 
  • Demonstration of security device fixed on containers transported from Belgium to Spain

Recommendations for efficient hubs, hinterland and intra-port traffic:

  • Development of dry port concept
  • Development of regional hub, testing inter alia traffic signal priority of trucks
  • Analysing and smoothening short sea operations in port
  • Testing RFID technology for for improving efficiency of logistic chain in a warehouse

Strategies for connecting transport networks and corridors

  • Documentation of “Northern Maritime Corridor” as an extension of Western Europe Motorway of the Sea
  • Developed criteria for financial support to services to peripheral regions of Europe

A system model developed for consistent analysis of intermodal transport, relevant for MoS and Marco Polo funding

Guideline for MOS strategic demonstration projects, materialized in a tool box that is useful for SMEs when applying for MS or Marco Polo funding


Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
Partner Organisations
EU Contribution


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