The development of maritime transport and logistics sector in the Mediterranean still needs to be improved in order to ensure more efficient and sustainable trade relations between the northern and south-eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. In this context and by means of a virtual logistics platform structured around the ports of Porto Torres (Italy) and Beirut (Lebanon), OPTIMED project promoted new opportunities, facilities, tools and skills leading to the enhancement of commercial connections amongst public and private operators in Lebanon, Italy, Spain and France.

Duration: December 2013 – December 2015

The seven actors that formed part of the project also developed new tools (such as the organization of business meetings and the promotion of short sea shipping) thus contributing to a more efficient transport and logistics model, characterized by better delivery times of freight and consequently by a greater competitiveness.


OPTIMED project aimed at promoting new opportunities, facilities, tools and skills to improve the trade network between the northern shores of the High Tyrrhenian arc and the eastern-southern shores of the Mediterranean sea, thus improving commercial connections and relationships between public and private operators in maritime transport and logistics sector of Lebanon, Italy, Spain and France (General objective).

In order to achieve the aforementioned goal, an innovative virtual logistics platform structured around ports strengthened as Ro-Ro hubs was successfully implemented .


The partners involved in Optimed were:

  • Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy)
  • University of Cagliari – CIREM (Italy)
  • Port Authority of Olbia and Golfo Aranci (Italy)
  • ASCAME – Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce (Spain)
  • Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping (Spain)
  • Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon – CCIABML (Lebanon)
  • Ministry of Public Works and Transport – DGLMP (Lebanon)


The project is financed by the ENPI-CBCMED programme of the European Union.