FLIP Cross Border workshop - Economic Diversification of Local and Regional ports - Saint Brieuc

Turning to the local context, Jean-Paul Le Denmat, from the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie des Côtes d'Armor spoke of the evolution and regeneration of port infrastructures and buildings in Saint Brieuc Le Legué.  Stephane  Loisnel and Jerome Gourdais from Saint Brieuc Agglomeration talked about the evolution and usage of port infrastructures and buildings non-maritime uses including the Maison de Pays and Kermese – a small business cluster centre.  Session 2 : discussed the Diversification of economic in small and medium sized ports.   Through two topical cases studies offshore renewables and the cruise liner industry speakers contributed valuable experiences around the development and potential of these emerging sectors to enable channel ports to diversify and adapt their infrastructures.  Jean Philippe Le Fur, from the Conseil Général des Côtes d'Armor spoke about the adaptation of port capacities in  Côtes d'Armor to host  offshore wind farms in the  Bay of Saint Brieuc . This was followed by a useful presentation prepared by the Lead partner, Marc Nannarone, outlining a comparative  overview of the emerging developments in the Eastern Channel and North Sea with the arrival of the offshore wind renewable energies and port operation and maintenance opportunities in France and the UK.  Representing the port of Newhaven, Francois Jean made a valuable contribution from their existing experiences and suggested some of the main issues that Saint Brieuc might face in the construction and subsequent O&M phase of the new Baie de Saint Brieuc wind farms planned for 2018.  In the second case study, Captain Kevin Mowat, representing the FLIP partner Tor Bay Harbours (Torquay, Paignton and Brixham) – gave feedback from the recently completed FLIP study that had assessed the future development potential for the Channel cruise business. Cedric Rivoire-Perrochat, Chief Executive of the Cruise Line International’s French section gave a fascinating perspective from cruise industry on the emerging trends, opportunities and needs of the sector on the Channel region. In the following debate moderated by Simon Pascoe, the FLIP and PAC2 cluster cross border expert, Kevin and Cedric debated what the cruise industry expects from channel ports and the capacity that destinations such as Torquay and Saint Brieuc might envisage to enhance the offer to the cruise companies in the future.  The workshop was concluded by a port tour of Saint Brieuc Le Legue and visit to Saint quay Portrieux.  The presentations can be found below.