Events

27/05/2015

The final event of the FLIP project - 'OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH IN SMALL & MEDIUM SIZED PORTS IN EUROPE' took place in Brussels on Wednesday 27th May, 2015.  The event was attended by over 60 people from the project and beyond to hear about some of the experiences and study work that has been exchange over the last two and half years.  With an intensive series of exchanges and studies the FLIP project has sought to target some of the structural weaknesses of the Channel regions small and medium sized ports and has promoted a sharing of knowledge to look at the longer term socio-economic, technical and regulatory challenges that could confront the Channel ports in the next few years.  If you would like further information all the presentations for the final event are online and accessible.  Please do not hesitate to contact us via the contact form if you have further queries.

04/02/2015 to 05/02/2015

FLIP partners met in Saint Brieuc on 4th and 5th February to discuss the options available to Ports like Saint Brieuc Le Legue and the experiences of the other French and UK partners gained through their recent studies and events.  Opening the conference Ramon Van Barnveld, representing DG Maritime Affairs & Fisheries from the European Commission spoke of the importance of Blue Growth and the European Strategy for the Atlantic Area.  The conference was opened by Michel Bremont, Vice-Président, Conseil général des Côtes d'Armor who welcomed the FLIP partners to Saint Brieuc and exchange views on the opportunities to further development and diversify the local maritime economy.  The first session focused on the Adaptation and long term perspectives for port infrastructures. Speakers included Louis Laurent Dupont from Marseille and the Association of Ports – Towns who presented the innovative findings of a recent study on the strategic options for the future development of medium and large sized port towns in France.  Louis was followed by a UK speaker from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s infrastructure development division, Adam Littlejohn who spoke about an academic investigative study into the nature of the United Kingdom’s Maritime asset.  He spoke about changing government policies, the need for a clear national plan in next 50 to 100 years, redressing investment backlogs, making policy makers better understand the investment lag and benefits from investments. In particular Adam made the case for port stakeholders better articulating their needs and the contribution they make economically to the local economy.  The FLIP project is presently carrying out two economic impact studies on either side of the Channel in order to formulate a series of recommendations for the final event. 

14/01/2015 to 15/01/2015

APLM hosted a successful workshop for port representatives from the Channel region where the subject was preparation for the new generation of EU funding programmes 2014-2020 that are now comiming on stream. On Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th of January 2015. over 25 ports from France and the UK were represented at the workshop.  During 8 sessions the workshop looked in detail at the emerging arrangements for new programmes and provided a concrete case study of a ports that had successfully led or participated in a project funded on one of the 2007-13 programmes.  The FLIP project has provided essential funding to allow the event to be interpretated simultaneuosly and allow boith Channel French and UK small medium sized ports to discuss with each other the emerging funding opportunities. Presentations from the event are attached below.

10/12/2014

60 participants attended a cross border workshop hosted by the Port of Newhaven  - "Port planning and development for a sustainable future"  The cross border workshop, took place in Brighton on Wednesday 10th December 2014.  The event was opened by Norman Baker MP, the Member of Parliament for Lewes.  A number of English and French speakers provided a detailed insight in the field of port masterplanning and presentations were given about a number of the FLIP projects key studies including the smart energy audits of the UK partner ports.

09/12/2014

Christophe Marques from Conseil General du Cotes D'armor had a useful exchange visit to Newhaven Port on Tuesday 9th December 2014.  The visit wias hosted by Newhaven Harbour Master, Dave Collins-Williams, where the FLIP colleagues had the opportunity to discuss a number of the common issues facing the ports of Newhaven and Saint Brieuc Le Legue.  Newhaven has benefited from a masterplan that has that has helped plan and develop the harbour in preparation for the arrival of the operations and maintenance base of the Rampion wind farm operator in the months ahead.

14/10/2014 to 16/10/2014

Hosted in Ouistreham from 14th to 16th October 2014FLIP port partners participated in a workshop into the preparation of communications actions that might arise in their day to day activities or during the planning & consultation periods prior to investment projects between implemented.  In particular these project require effective stakeholder consultation with good prep

23/09/2014 to 25/09/2014

Tor Bay Harbour Authority and Western Training hosted an innovative programme for port managers on maritime english from 23rd to 25th September 2014.  the The course sought to use a variety of real life experiences  to show how a harbour deals with different stakeholders in the different areas of maritime activity in the UK and all the time underlined the maritime English required for the different scenarios.

09/04/2014

On 9th April 2014, Torbay hosted the crossborder workshop “Towards integrated territorial investment strategies for ports and their local communities” in conjunction with the South Regional Ports Association Annual General Meeting. The conference was attended by over 65 participants from across the South West of England and provided FLIP partners with an opportunity to discuss the importance of small and medium sized ports being at the heart of the local communities regeneration strategy.

11/03/2014 to 13/03/2014

A successful bilateral visit with FLIP partners from Tor Bay harbour to Saint Brieuc and the Cotes D'Armor county of Brittany took place between 11th an 13th March 2014. The visit was extremely useful from a number of perspectives.  It was encouraging to see that many of the challenges faced by small and medium sized harbours are common to both sides of the Channel area.  Whilst the governance arrangements and the concept of general interest in the economy of small and medium sized ports varies between France and the UK, all parties found the exchange helpful from a technic

13/12/2013

The port of Whitstable opened the workshop with a presentation of its harbour development plans and gave an overvview of the FLIP studies that are contributing to ports longer term plans. Speaking about a major scheme up the coast in Chatham, Bill Ferries OBE spoke passionately about the Historic Chatham Docks scheme all all the challenges that they faced there following the closure of the Naval dockyard in the 1980s. A number of innovative schemes were presented by the John Davison that might in future contribute to sustainable renewables infrastructures for small harbours. Experts spoke about the various grant and loan based schemes from UK and European soucres that might be considered by heritage projects such as those in the Port of Whitstable. The workshop provided a useful basis for French and UK partners to exchange best practices and Nathalie Dumay from the Association of French Channel Ports presented a memorandum to be signed by the FLIP ports calling for the European Commission to better recognise the plight of small and medium sized harbours in the context of the EU Maritime Strategy. The workshop was closed with a visit to the Kentish flats windfarm control centre hosted by Vattenfall.