NEWSLETTER 1st issue FEBRUARY 2006
i Project information
Introduction to the project
Introduction to the project
The project GRACE addresses the ASIA PRO ECO Pro-
gramme (Component: Policy Reinforcement) aiming to
an active and comprehensive awareness building of
environmental impacts of maritime transport in Asia. By
transferring European competences, it aims to ameliorate
Asian environmental performance and to develop a com-
mon understanding and knowledge base. The latter will be
Budget: a framework that will facilitate maritime transport safety
537.317 € and environmental policy formulation and training for miti-
gation strategies, keeping pace with the EC turn towards
sustainable transport services.
Centre for Research and
Technology Hellas In order to meet this core objective, the following will be
Hellenic Institute of Transport realized:
Identify the environmental impacts of current practices
in the Asian maritime transport sector and highlight the
Fundación de la Comunidad
existing knowledge gaps in the Asian context.
Valenciana para la Investigación,
Promoción y Estudios Comerciales Put forward the sustainability concept implicating in a
de Valenciaport fertile exchange, parties from regions with longstanding
maritime tradition and presently high maritime activity.
University of Technology Hamburg
- Harburg, Maritime Logistics - Raise the awareness of the Governmental Authorities in
ISSUS Asia in order to develop master plans, frameworks and
strategic schemes that will minimize the environmental
Vietnam Maritime Administration
impacts of maritime transport in Asia.
University of Transport in Ho Chi
Stress the need for relative training schemes and there-
fore, formulate such an initiative, targeting to transport
Thai International Freight
engineers and environmentalists.
Establish an effective communication path that will en-
Web site: able the transfer of know-how between the European
http://www.grace-project.net and Asian societies and provide a common framework
for the continuation of such actions in the future with
the participation of potential Asian partners in Europe-
an research programmes and initiatives in the maritime
GRACE Newsletter February 2006
Achievements to date
Achievements to date
1. Dissemination activities-events
The partners of GRACE produced the project
Brochure (Figure 1), aiming to inform all parties
involved in the maritime transport system in Eu-
rope and Asia about the goals and activities of
The Brochure is presented in English and it will
be also translated into Vietnamese, Thai and
Figure 1: GRACE brochure
A key dissemination activity was the establish-
ment of GRACE’s web site (Figure 2), available
at the web address:
Besides important information about the
project goals, outputs and main activities,
the dedicated website provides a discussion
forum, through which all members of the mari-
time industry from all regions worldwide may
exchange views, information and ideas in the
subject matter of the project (i.e. maritime
transport safety, security and environmental
Figure 2: GRACE web site
During the Consortium Meeting of GRACE in
Thessaloniki, Greece, on the 7th of November
2006, the Hellenic Institute of Transport organ-
ized a tour at the premises of the Thessaloniki
Port (Figure 3). Representatives from Asia and
Europe, members of the GRACE team, from
both the university community and the mari-
time transport industry had the opportunity to
discuss with the president of Thessaloniki Port
Authority and the head of Marketing and Sales
department issues related to the operation of
the port and its future plans.
The tour included a visit at the conventional
Figure 3: GRACE team visiting Thessaloniki Port Authority
port, a demonstration of the container terminal
and its automated management system FRETIS.
An additional tour took place at the sea area of
the port by boat.
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2. Technical activities
A major step in achieving GRACE’s goals was made scribe the actors and activities involved in issues
in the first six months of the project through the de- related to maritime safety and environmental
velopment of an Overview of the Asian Maritime protection. Furthermore, the existing maritime
Transport (with focus on safety and environmental transport system was examined in terms of: ac-
issues) current status; documented in the first De- tors involved, documentation and information
liverable of the project (D1.1). In this report, a con- flow, port system, merchant fleet and other
solidated picture of the Asian Maritime Transport relevant elements. Additionally, the Deliverable
system is given emphasising mainly on the ASEAN presents the problems, gaps and difficulties as
countries (Association of Southeast Asian Nations, well as several best practice cases in the area
Figure 4). of environmental protection currently available
In particular, a comprehensive terminology has in the examined countries. The Deliverable D1.1 is
been created including all relevant terms and a public report and it is available in the project’s
definitions used in the examined area to de- website.
Figure 4: Map of the ASEAN region
According to the conclusions of the research Overlapping and ineffective cooperation on
conducted at the framework of D1.1 it can be said the implementation of the legislation and juris-
that each ASEAN country has its own particulari- diction related to maritime safety and environ-
ties, gaps, problems and difficulties that affect its ment protection in almost all ASEAN countries
will to develop a safe, secure and environmentally have been experienced.
friendly maritime transport system. The main contribution of the results of D1.1 will
Furthermore: come from the development of a “Framework” of
With respect to legislation for maritime safety knowledge for the common understanding regard-
and environment protection, major differences ing maritime transport policy formulation and man-
in the accession and implementation of related agement in the respect of maritime safety and en-
international conventions and regulations cur- vironmental protection, which will be documented
rently exist. in the forthcoming Deliverable D1.2.
GRACE Newsletter February 2006
The main activities to be carried out in the next six The Final Programme of the Workshop will soon be
months of the project are: available on the project’s Internet site:
The first GRACE Workshop will take place in Ho http://www.grace-project.net.
Chi Minh, Vietnam, on the 24th of March 2006.
The proceedings and the results of the 1st
The subject of the Workshop is “Safety and en-
GRACE Workshop will be documented in the
vironmental policy issues in Maritime Transport
Deliverable D4.1 that will be available in short
in Asia” The workshop will include an introduc-
time period after the 1st Workshop organization
tory session for keynote speeches and two main
through the project’s website.
technical sessions where the following topics
will be presented and discussed: At the technical level, the partners will produce
two important deliverables:
“Current situation on maritime transport safety, Based on the work done and documented in
security and environmental protection in the deliverable D1.1, a “Framework of safety and
ASEAN”. environmental policy issues in Maritime Trans-
Compliance of the ASEAN countries mari- port in Asia” (Deliverable D1.2) will be created
time transport to IMO and other international and presented covering policy issues, legisla-
regulations. tions (international and national) and regula-
tions that will ameliorate the Asian maritime
Problems, difficulties and gaps in the ASEAN
transport environmental performance.
At the same time, the European partners of
The current situation of maritime transport
GRACE will produce a “State-of-the-art of the
safety, security and environmental protec-
European best practices for maritime transport
tion in Vietnam and Thailand.
safety and environmental impacts” (Deliver-
Environmental compliance of Europe’s mari-
able D2.1) aiming to the transfer of the Europe-
time transport to IMO regulations and future
an know-how to the Asian Maritime Transport
Society, which is the prime objective of the
Session C: project.
“Policy and legislative Framework”.
General outline of the Framework.
Implementation of the Framework.
Form and status of a recommended mari-
time authority agency.
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