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Monday, 28 February 2011

RINA co-ordinates EU information highway development

International classification society RINA is co-ordinating, on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Transport, a Euro16m EU-funded project to develop a new information highway for shipping and logistics.

The Multimodal Interoperability E-services for Logistics and Environment sustainability (MIELE) project falls under the TEN-T EA Trans European Transport Network Executive Agency and brings together authorities, ports, terminals and shipping and logistics operators in five countries with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) providers to deliver a pilot system which will speed data interchange throughout the logistics chain, with special emphasis on the ship-shore interface.

Mario Dogliani, head of research and development for RINA, says, “Cutting out bottlenecks in information flows will speed the movement of goods around Europe.

"Today, each port and country has its own information systems. We want to devise a middleware system so that everyone talks to everyone else in the same language. It is a move towards the ideal of a single window communication for logistics information. At the same time as the EU is building the motorways of the sea, we are building an information highway for shipping.”

Partners in the project include RINA, Grimaldi Napoli, The Italian Ministry of Transport, Terminal San Giorgio, Cyprus Port Authority, IPTM (the Portuguese Agency in charge of Ports and Maritime Transport), Gijon Port Authority, Lisbon and Leixoes port authorities, Jacobs University, Spain’s CIMNE, ICT companies Compass (Spain), IB (Italy) and CAP (Italy) and PLAZA (the Logistic Platform of Zaragoza).

NOTE TO EDITORS: On February 28 and March 1 RINA is organising a seminar in Genoa which will bring together the MIELE partners, leaders in the Motorways of the Sea project, EU transport officials and parliamentarians and key shipping and logistics leaders and authorities from the Mediterranean area to discuss development of the Motorways of the Sea project in the Mediterranean.

For more information or to arrange interviews please contact

RINA is one of the oldest classification societies and certification companies in the world. Established in Genoa in 1861 to serve the marine industry, today it spans the globe as a multinational and multi-faceted company, sharing its knowledge and experience through a wide range of services which help industries and the community to improve their businesses and quality of life. RINA’s services cover the environment, energy, transportation, logistics, safety, quality and social responsibility.

For more information:

Mario Dogliani
Head of Research and Development
+ 39 010 5385398

Claudia Filippone
Press Co-ordinator
+39 010 538 5643

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