NECL II final conference was held in Sundsvall. East-west communications still need further development.

Conference presentations now available.
Participants agreed on that east-west communications still demand further development. The Midnordic Committee was considered to be the appropriate leader of future actions.  
The final conference of NECL II -project was held in Sundsvall during 21-22 August.
Ca 60 participants heard presentations related to the development of east-west communications and green transports. Many of the participating organizations expressed their interest to join possible future activities also, but the work must first be defined in details.
Read more in the presentations.

The Midnordic Transport StudyPDF (presented by Pekka Kokki) states that Midnordic route could be competitive if the Port of Trondheim gets container and liner traffic to USA. The Russian import markets are the most potential for the corridor (food, machinery, and chemical exports). Unfortunately the partly electrified railway network along the corridor is a hinder for economic train transports and there are still development needs.  The sulphur limits give benefits for the Midnordic route - but how long will the advantage last?

• The Swedish Transport Authorities emphasized that with international cooperation we can create new possibilities: Together we create possibilities.PDF

• Professor Petri Helo asked if emissions and costs are always controversial objectives?Towards Green Logistics.PDF

• CEO Olof Nyberg from Sundfrakt Ltd was worried about the consequences of sulphur directive for Midnordic companies. He emphasized that a railroad system in the region is needed in order to improve the competitiveness of the region and its industry and he also asked if the politicians have the courage and the determination to change the current situation?

• Mr.Sergei Katikov, Putin´s adviser from St.Petersburg, Russia, stated that the «Midnordic Green Transport Corridor» has a chance to become a part of multimodal transport corridor Europe - Asia, but only under certain conditions.
Russian point of view on international transports.PDF

• Executive Director Matti Viialainen from South-Savo gave facts about Finnish-Russian border issuesPDF:  border crossings will grow steadily every year and especially Finland must improve the current situation at the borders. NECL II -partnership hopes that the Parikkala-Syväoro border crossing point will be internationalized by 2017.

• Executive Director Jorma Härkönen from Limowa presented Logistics nodal points in FinlandPDF, but also success factors for European Freight Villages.

• Norwegian point of view to MNGTC and presentations of Meråker Line and Port of Trondheim included the fact that the work for better conditions is not over: although the official decision about the electrification of the Meråker Line has been made, the issue demands further lobbying.
There has been dispute about the location of the new logistics centre in Trondheim, but the business life is eagerly waiting for quick decisions.
Norwegian point of view to Midnordic Transport CorridorPDF (Karin Bjørkhaug)
Electrification of Meråker Line: The decision is made, what now?PDF (Gaute Dahl)

See programPDF
What about the future - PMPDF (Per-Åke Hultstedt)

Uppdated: 2013-08-26
Project Manager Per-Åke Hultstedt told about the overall achievements of the NECL II -project.
Mr. Sergei Katikov presented a Russian point of view on international transports.
Karin Bjørkhaug, leader of communication committé in South-Tröndelag.
The study tour included eg. a visit at the port of Söråker.
The E4 Sundsvall project includes 33 bridges. The longest will be built across Sundsvall Bay. More information, incl. webcameras: http://www.trafikverket.se/e4sundsvallexternal link, opens in new window
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