14 EU Member States have teamed up in the ANNA project to help realizing the sustainable development of a Maritime Single Window (IT infrastructure) in close co-operation with the European Commission and other stakeholder organisations. 

The ANNA project provides for a coordinated approach to the implementation of the Maritime Single Window recognising the importance of the key global “requirements” as represented through e.g. IMO, WTO and WCO.

To deliver on the objectives the AnNa project (see What) has defined five activities:

1. Masterplan 2015

The aim of this activity is to develop the framework Master Plan outlining the short- and medium- term actions required to ensure a harmonised implementation of the national Maritime Single Window solutions, further elaborate on specific aspects concerning the functional and technical specifications as well as legal, organisational and operational aspects, and result in an Implementation Plan June 2015 outlining the final blueprint for cooperation between participating countries in implementing the Maritime Single Windows.

2. Pilots

The aim of this activity is to develop pilots, including the definition, implementation and coordination thereof, in support of the Master Plan in order to test and evaluate the guiding principles. Synergies between the various pilot projects are strived for. Close co-operation is envisaged with the EMSA IMP Demonstrator project.  Co-operation will be established with Directive 2010/65/EU related projects, like the current MoS MIELE project[2], and future EU co-financed projects.

3. Masterplan "Extended Collaboration"

The aim of this activity is to develop a framework Master Plan “Extended Collaboration” (post-2015) to include the identification of (different) approaches of the participating countries towards further expansion of the Maritime Single Window concept with respect to other transport modes, trade facilities and logistics sector. In addition to these, potential specific topics to be addressed may include, for example, the potential for further harmonisation with respect reporting procedures for Master et al irrespective of the EU Member State to be reported to, interfacing with non-EU Member States, and the potential for further development of “single reporting”. This framework Master Plan “Extended Collaboration” will define potential further actions outside the scope of this Action.

4. Consultation Panel (platform)

The aim of this activity is to establish a Consultation Panel. All EU Member States and representative stakeholder organizations will have the opportunity to discuss, monitor and advise on the progress of the project. Whilst a large number of EU Member States are participating directly in this Action, the Maritime Single Window affects all maritime EU Member States as well as numerous other authorities. Representatives of the EC Directorate Generals, Agencies and expert groups, as well as key stakeholder groups will be encouraged to participate. 

The AnNa Platform Way

ANNA applies data visualization skills to project management. In combination with the traditional waterfall model, where you have a series of discrete steps, AnNa applies a project management approach that looks more like an organic process, see hereunder.  The major reason is that maritime single window is a multilayered issues, which has many stakeholders that use different working concepts.

Right away you take steps that are going to get you as close to the goal as possible, and you evaluate and you see whether that’s going to work. You keep doing that over and over, in close connection with the different parties involved (consultation/platform practices) until you run out of time. You still have the freedom to go back and restate some of your assumptions. And the important part is the questions you’ve discovered and answered along the way.


5. Project management

Project Management deals with monitoring and management of technical progress, resources and quality and includes the dissemination of the project results. There is a close link with the coordination of the activities of the Consultation Panel. The coordination work will be shared with all participating countries and several groups will be established to safeguard the quality of the outcome of the work. An effective and tailored organisation structure is envisaged, whereby ICT should assist to prevent project overhead to emerge.