The aim of MADAMA was to comprehend, define and harmonize all the activities related to the control and protection of the dangerous goods transport chain.
In 2007, a number of different studies were carried out on the risks and problems of identifying the transportation of dangerous goods. The first study to be carried out was a compilation of current Spanish and European legislation on the transportation of dangerous goods as well as an analysis of the emergency plans in place in ports to both prevent and control potential accidents where dangerous goods are involved.
The second study consisted of carrying out an analysis of the main sea corridors used to transport dangerous goods across the Mediterranean, identifying the stopovers for each type of route. Similarly, an inventory was carried out of the existing reception and storage facilities of ports in order to discover the nature and volume of the dangerous goods being handled in bulk cargo or tramp traffic. This study included a joint feasibility analysis to establish correlation between IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods) and TARIC (Integrated Tariff of the European Communities) international codes.