Name of the project:  NEWBRAIN – Nodes Enhancing Waterway bridging Adriatic-Ionian Network

EU Programme: Adriatic – Ionian Programme INTERREG V-B Transnational 2014-2020

Lead partner: Central Adriatic Ports Authority

Project duration: 01.12.2017.-30.11.2019.

Project budget: 1.497.457,56 €

EU co-funding amount: 1.272.838,93 € (85%)


NEWBRAIN aims to unlock the potential for integrated intermodal transport, with particular reference to short sea shipping, and improve the connections between the main logistics nodes of the Adriatic Ionian are a by strengthening the transnational coordination of key logistics and intermodal operators and enhancing their capacities to launch feasible investments. The NEWBRAIN systematic approach will ease the capacity of partners to build long lasting cooperation frameworks to compete at EU level in the calls for grants for infrastructures and/or present the projects jointly as parts of a global project towards the EU financing institutions. A cooperation project as NEWBRAIN is the best framework to capitalize the previous projects that mapped the bottlenecks and defined the future traffic forecasts, but did not provide a global project to attract the funds and the policy priority to solve the current and potential bottlenecks.

Main NEWBRAIN expected results are:

  • increased level of transnational coordination on planning and implementation of strategic measures and actions to increase efficiency and intermodality, through the setting up of the Adriatic Ionian intermodal and logistic transport Forum and the adoption of the transnational strategy
  • enhanced investment capacity to upgrade physical and non-physical infrastructures of logistic nodes to contribute to the smoothness of Adriatic Ionian transport solutions
  • environmental sustainability of the Adriatic Ionian transport system focusing on the development of intermodal and low carbon solutions and innovations in each involved logistic node.


  • Central Adriatic Ports Authority (ITA) LEAD PARTNER
  • Institute for transport and Logistics Foundation (ITA)
  • Southern Adriatic Sea Port Authority (ITA)
  • Igoumenitsa Port Authority (GRE)
  • Intermodal Transport Cluster (CRO)
  • Port of Bar (MNE)
  • Interporto Padova (ITA)
  • North Adriatic Sea Port Authority (ITA)
  • Piraeus Chamber of Small and Medium Sized Industries (GRE)

Associated partners:

  • Marche Region (ITA)
  • Marche Freight Village (ITA)
  • Interporto Bologna SpA (ITA)
  • Veneto region (ITA)