Newsletter 1

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

On 10th December 2013 the Whitstable hosted the crossborder workshop “Innovative port financing – regeneration and diversification of historic infrastructures in small and medium sized ports”.The event was divided in 3 parts: Session 1: “Developing suitable investment strategies and attracting financing for the redevelopment of small and medium sized ports”, moderated by Caroline HICKS, Acting Deputy Head of Culture and Enterprise, Canterbury City Council.

Whitstable Harbour and Canterbury City Council are looking to FLIP and the experienced partners from France and UK to help find new and innovative uses for historic harbour side infrastructures.  In developing its plans, Canterbury City Council is looking to FLIP partners to assist in providing examples of regeneration and diversification, consultation and building a revitalised harbour that is able to support the different economic activities that can grow and flourish in the harbour area in the future.

The port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, France’s largest fishing port, is owned by the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Côte d’Opale, one of the FLIP partners.   In November 2013, the Transport Minister of Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais) Frédéric Cuvillier gave his support to a new project for a 500-MW offshore wind park. The company WPD, which already has two wind farms in Normandy, has recently presented its 80 turbine scheme for Boulogne-sur-Mer, where it would eventually create direct jobs.

The French port of Fécamp, managed by the Département de Seine Maritime, is a key port for coastal trading in the Channel. Recently it has also been investing to diversify its activities, being located only 6 miles away from a future 500-MW wind farm. Awarded in the first round of France's offshore tender, the project is owned by Eolien Maritime France (EMF), a consortium of EDF Energies Nouvelles and DONG Energy. WPD Offshore – the original developer – holds a 30% stake.

NPP’s vision is of a thriving commercial port, with a variety of job-creating businesses in the new low carbon industries, with an important cross-channel ferry service supported by an attractive multi-use gateway area that extends and enhances Newhaven Town centre, with a thriving leisure marine and fishing industry.  Achieving this will be a long-term process but NPP’s work has already begun.  Newhaven has the space and industrial and manufacturing heritage to become a major centre for clean technology and renewable energy businesses.

FLIP staff exchanges & training - Throughout the duration of FLIP, a number of regular staff exchanges are expected to allow the partners to gain increased knowledge on the key issues tackled by the project,i.e.port masterplanning, port development, port economic diversification and port infrastructure adaptation.A language training will also be organised for the French port staff (managers and technicians) in Brixham in September 2014 to enable future smoother communication with their counterparts on the