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Maritime ports: studies, works or mixed
Connecting Europe Facility for Transport
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The objective is to develop transport infrastructure projects in maritime ports on the Comprehensive Network of the TEN-T.
Studies and / or works on TEN-T comprehensive maritime ports related to:
- port access aiming at providing safe maritime access in the form of breakwaters, access channels, fairways, locks and navigational aids (e.g. radar, buoys);
- basic port infrastructure which are not covered under section 6.2.2 ‘Actions related to sustainable and multimodal mobility’ of the Work Programme, and with a priority on:
- development of zero or low-emission multimodal solutions;
- development of ports’ capacities and facilities in relation with the transportation activities of the offshore wind farms. The involvement of the maritime port in the transportation activities of the offshore wind farms and the need for the basic port infrastructure for those activities should be demonstrated in the proposal; or,
- improving connectivity of remote, insular or outermost regions or of Member States with no land border with another Member State.
Such basic port infrastructure may be in the form of turning basins, quay walls, berths, jetties, backfills, land reclamation, which improve the efficiency of the maritime ports and their integration within the TEN-T network. The backfills and land reclamation could be supported as interventions to create space for construction of other basic port infrastructure, e.g. a berth, quay walls, etc, but should not lead to significant added capacity (i.e. increased surface of or creation of new terminals, logistics/cargo handling areas, etc.).
- shore-side electricity supply (including an upgrade of electrical grid within the port if it is needed for the shore-side electricity supply);
- port reception facilities for oil and other waste (including residues from exhaust gas cleaning systems) to meet environmental requirements;
- ensuring year-round navigability by means of capital dredging and ice-breaking facilities. The capital dredging will be supported only as an intervention to remove bottlenecks for the EU short sea shipping;
- providing or improving inland waterways/road/rail access and connections within maritime ports. The rail access could cover rail infrastructure e.g., new rail tracks, upgrade of existing rail tracks, adaptation for 740 meter long trains and connections within the maritime ports.
Works projects may include on-site renewable energy generation (synergetic element in accordance with Section 10.6 of the Work Programme), such as photovoltaic power plants, wind turbines etc. that is primarily used for example for the shore-side electricity supply, for the need of the basic port infrastructure and for diverse port operations. Such synergetic elements must improve the socio-economic, climate or environmental benefits of the project and may not exceed 20% of the total eligible costs of the project.
Support will not be given to:
- Infrastructure dedicated for cruise ships, except as regards shore-side electricity supply.
- infrastructure in shipyards.
- maintenance dredging, dredgers and/or dredging equipment.
- digital port systems/ICT platforms.
- utilities installations (e.g. water, electricity, lighting), auto-mooring, fixed ramps, dolphins, bollards, fenders, and other fixed auxiliary port infrastructure, unless such interventions are proposed as an integral part of a basic port infrastructure.
- fixed and/or mobile superstructure (e.g. cargo/passenger terminals, parkings, check-in buildings and areas, storage and stacking areas and facilities, warehouses, multimodal logistics platforms, access gates, port/terminal equipment and vehicles, etc.).
Hinterland connections to the maritime ports are covered by the respective transport mode priorities but may be part of a single project (for instance a project improving the rail access both within and outside the port area). Projects combining hinterland access both within and outside the port area may be submitted either to the maritime ports or to the inland waterways/road/rail topics as appropriate.
Hinterland road access can be supported only if rail access to/within the port does not exist, or it is not currently under construction-and the road access constitutes a significant bottleneck.
The basic port infrastructure for development of zero or low-emission multimodal solutions could include basic port infrastructure for improving the interconnection between the maritime transport and inland waterways.
For merged port entities or entities managing more than one maritime port, only the geographic area of the maritime port indicated in Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013 must be included in the project. This does not affect the relevance of hinterland rail connections to the maritime port indicated in Annex II.
In case of a project taking place in more than one port, the activities of the project in the different ports should contribute to a common objective of the project.
Facilities and infrastructure supported under CEF must be accessible for use by all operators on a non-discriminatory basis.
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Ukraine (Україна)
Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
- be legal entities (public or private bodies)
- be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.
- EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
- Third countries associated to the CEF Programme (list of participating countries)
- Project applications located in associated third countries are eligible for funding in the present calls under the conditions set out in Article 8(1) of the TEN-T Regulation (EU) N° 1315/2013 and Articles 5(2) and 9(2) of the CEF Regulation (EU) 2021/1153.
- Exceptional funding — Entities from other countries (not listed above) are exceptionally eligible for projects of common interest in the field of transport if the granting authority considers their participation essential for the implementation of the project.
- Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legalpersonality separate from that of the natural person).
- International organisations are eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.
- Entities without legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guaranteesfor the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.
- EU bodies can NOT be part of the consortium.
other eligibility criteria
Financial support to third parties is not allowed.
The available call budget is split between 4 calls for proposals:
- CEF-T-2023-COMPGEN-IWWP-WORKS: Inland ports – studies, works or mixed
- CEF-T-2023-COMPGEN-MARP-WORKS: Maritime ports – studies, works or mixed
- CEF-T-2023-COMPGEN-RAIL-WORKS: Rail – studies, works or mixed
- CEF-T-2023-COMPGEN-ROADS-WORKS: Roads, rail-road terminals and multimodal logistic platforms – studies, works or mixed
The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rates fixed in the Grant Agreement:
- maximum 50% for the costs of studies,
- maximum 50% for the costs of works supporting inland ports,
- maximum 30% for the costs of works for projects supporting other transport modes, and
- maximum 70% for the costs of works in outermost regions (not applicable for works in inland ports)
You can apply for a higher project funding rate if your project concerns: cross-border links: maximum 50% (not applicable for roads and maritime ports)
The foreseen duration of the works and mixed projects should be 4-5 years maximum. For studies projects it should be 2-3 years maximum. In both cases, the end date set in the Grant Agreement will not be later than 31.12.2028.
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
between 24 and 60 months
All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funders & Tenders Portal electronic submission system (accessible via the topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Proposals must be complete and contain all parts and mandatory annexes and supporting documents, e.g. plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results including communication activities, etc.
The application form will have two parts:
- Part A (to be filled in directly online) contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator and beneficiaries and affiliated entities), and the summarised budget for the project
- Part B (to be downloaded from the Portal submission system, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded as a PDF in the system) contains the technical description of the project.
Mandatory annexes and supporting documents (templates available to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed, assembled and re-uploaded):
- detailed budget table per WP/calculator
- activity reports of last year (unless exempted from operational capacity check; see section 7 of call document)
- list of previous projects (key projects for the last 4 years) (template available in Part B)
- timetable/Gantt chart
- agreement of the concerned Member State (letter of support)
- cost benefit analysis:
- for works and mixed projects with budget (total eligible costs) above EUR 10 000 000: full cost-benefit analysis (CBA) (report and cash flow template)
- for works and mixed projects with budget (total eligible costs) below EUR 10 000 000: simplified CBA calculator
- environmental compliance file (for works, for studies with physical interventions and for studies without physical interventions.
For applications concerning projects subject to an EIA, you may include a summary of the climate proofing process in the Portal Submission System under “Other Annexes".
The limit for a full application (Part B) is 120 pages.