The Maritime Transport Coordination Platform (MTCP) is a platform funded through the Sixth Framework Programme. It was created in response to the Directorate General Energy and Transport’s (DG TREN) call for Sustainable Surface Transport, SUSTDEV-2002-22.214.171.124.12.
The technical objectives of the platform are to produce high quality, policy relevant, reports, specifications, forecasts, standard methodologies, decision support tools and information products. The MTCP started in April 2004 and will run for 3 years.
The MTCP addresses the need to enhance the relevance of Europe’s maritime research and education to matters of maritime policy related to sustainable surface transport, European competitiveness and safe, secure and efficient operation of maritime transport.
The concept of the platform is a managed activity supported by a wide range of European organisations. The activities and the membership (twenty-two MTCP partners) have both fixed elements for continuity and flexible adaptive parts in order to respond to very short term requirements and changing policy imperatives over the life of the coordination action.
Seven expert groups will provide coverage on all aspects of the maritime transport domain. The expert groups will review developments, provide forecasts for their area and recommend areas that need deeper study in support of policy development or policy effectiveness.
Around fifteen policy support studies will be undertaken during the 3 years of the MTCP. These studies will support the Commission’s declared maritime transport priorities for the next decade. These studies fall into the categories of,
- development and attractiveness of maritime transport (quality and efficiency)
- safety, security and environmental impact
- maritime human resource in Europe.
The MTCP will develop a Maritime Transport Sector Observatory (MTSO) to provide access to knowledge and data. This will be an integrating resource that will allow better use to be made of EU, national and other investments in data, information, research results and technical developments. Associated with the MTSO services is the provision of experts for short-term support to DG TREN.
The MTCP through its expert group approach brings an unparalleled body of expertise and knowledge to the challenge of maritime transport policy support. The expert groups’ are comprised to cover seven key areas,
- Human Resource and Maritime Education and Training
- Technology and Equipment
- Marine market, Operations and Logistics
- Safety, Security and Risk
- Environmental Impact & Management
- Traffic Management and Transport Inf.
- Institutional Workings.