About FLIP


The FLIP project seeks to promote a sustainable cooperation between small & medium sized ports in the Channel area by promoting exchanges of experience around transportation, logistics, energy and renewables, eco- innovation through an:-

  • Increased cross border sharing of best practices between small and medium sized ports to promote innovative, sustainable and diversified port activities.
  • By building the internal capacity of port management, improve performance, sustainable transport links, facilitate trade, promote innovation, embrace resource efficiency and boost the economy of the region.
  • Improving governance between the ports and their local communities and making the most optimal use of available resources

What is FLIP?

FLIP (Fostering Long-term Initiatives for Ports) is a €3,8m crossborder project 50% co-financed by ERDF (European Regional Development Funds) under the Interreg IVA France(Channel)-England territorial cooperation Programme.

Who are the FLIP partners?

FLIP brings together a partnership of 9 public and private organisations, namely:

  • Département des Côtes d’Armor
  • Université du Havre
  • Association des ports locaux de la Manche
  • Syndicat Mixte du port de Dieppe
  • Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de la Côte d’Opale
  • Newhaven Port and Properties (NPP)
  • Canterbury City Council
  • Torbay Council

What is FLIP all about?

FLIP aims to:

  • strengthen and increase cooperation between ports, businesses and port towns;
  • foster long-term cross-border collaboration between small and medium sized ports along the Channel, promoting innovation and the diversification of port activities;
  • ensure that port masterplanning takes into account the exigencies of the ports´ communities and is in line with local authorities´ development strategies.

What will FLIP deliver?

Before June 2015 FLIP will:

  • share experience on port masterplanning;
  • investigate how small & medium sized ports in the Channel area can diversify their activities and new Business Models can be developed for the sustainable redevelopment of redundant  harbour    buildings;
  • analyse opportunities in the cruise sector focusing on the port partners´ capacity to engage and respond to industry requirements that can lead to greater frequentation;
  • look at opportunities for Leisure Boat development;
  • verify the possibility to develop a Maritime Heritage and Information Centre by utilizing an historic harbour infrastructure for non-maritime use;
  • study how to optimize port infrastructure for future uses, including Operation & Maintenance services for the offshore wind industry;
  • define potential renewable energy sources for the participating ports.

FLIP working plan & phases

The FLIP projects main actions have been identified under a working plan that has 4 thematic phases - click here to see phases