Efficient flow of goods and passangers between Finland and Sweden

P3 Well-connected region

3.1. Improved transport flows of people and goods

Central Baltic

01.03.2018 - 31.08.2021

€4 093 858

€3 070 394

Project Summary:

The Baltic Sea Region is in need of efficient transportation solutions. In order to optimize the flow of goods in the transport corridor between Finland and Sweden by sea, road and rail there is a need to improve the quality of maritime transportation between Finland and Sweden. The possibilities for just-in-time arrivals and departures, especially in the maritime part of the corridor, should be improved.

The EfficientFlow project is a joint Swedish - Finnish initiative that contributes at the development of two transport corridors in the Central Baltic area e.g. the corridor to and between the ports of Gävle and Rauma and the ScanMed corridor between Stockholm and Turku. The project will make the transport flow in the corridors more efficient by improved processes and new digital solutions. The project will deliver improved processes, business models and ICT tools for enhanced information exchanged between port actors, between ports, between port and hinterland operators and between ports and ships.

The results of the project will be carefully analysed and evaluated, widely disseminated and can serve as best practices for other corridors and ports in the Central Baltic area and beyond. Improving the  information exchange between  the two corridor actors will contribute to higher efficiency and timesaving in both corridors. This will result in reduced transport time, higher transport predictability,  improved sustainability and better transport quality. The project is expected to produce a 7% time saving.

Lead Partner


Country: SE


Partner budget: 1.541.921 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 1.156.441 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Satakunnan ammattikorkeakoulu

Country: FI


Partner budget: 828.164 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 621.123 EUR ERDF


Country: FI


Partner budget: 20.532 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 15.399 EUR ERDF

Gävle Hamn AB

Country: SE


Partner budget: 615.050 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 461.288 EUR ERDF

Rauman Satama Oy

Country: FI


Partner budget: 620.098 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 465.073 EUR ERDF

Vessel Traffic Services Finland

Country: FI


Partner budget: 468.093 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 351.070 EUR ERDF

Expected results

The EfficientFlow project will contribute to more efficient traffic flow in the two corridors Gävle-Rauma and Stockholm-Turku by implementation of Sea Traffic Management and its integration into the full logistic chain. The results will consist of less manual information exchange, improved processes and practical application of new ICT tools.

The value proposition identified by the project partners and users, encompasses:
• increased situational awareness among the actors in the ports and at sea in the corridors;
• connected port and more flexible route planning;
• improved port-hinterland information exchange;
• well-coordinated, faster and more optimized port operations;
• improved just-in-time processes, saved fuel, less waiting times, improved planning horizon, improved berth productivity; and
• increased flexibility in case of non-expected events.

As a result, ships will adjust speed in order to arrive just-in-time, which means making maritime transport more energy efficient, decreases harmful emissions (CO2), provides positive impact on erosion as well as provides safety and socio-economic benefits to the corridors.

Increased accuracy of information by digitization, waiting times and lead times will be reduced in all parts of the logistic chain and a large number of telephone calls between actors will be reduced to a minimum by the introduction of new ICT tools adding to time savings in the movement of goods. The risk of misunderstanding and misinterpretation of information will also be reduced, which contributes to reduced movement time of goods in the corridors.

The results achieved will last beyond the lifetime of the project and are transferrable to other ports and countries in the Central Baltic area.