Newsletter 2

With a number of successful cross border events already completed FLIP is helping the participating ports to make progress by sharing experience on port masterplanning and management of multi port stakeholders, investigate how small & medium sized ports in the Channel area can diversify their activities and enhance port - town links, learn about new Business Models can be developed for the sustainable redevelopment of redundant harbour buildings, analyse opportunities in the cruise sector by focusing on the port's capacity to better respond to industry requirements that can lead to grea

Key issues from recent events
FLIP events in Whitstable (10/12/2014) and Torbay (09/04/2014) have placed a focus on some major challenges affecting small and medium sized ports in the channel area.

On 9th April 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.

Antoine Kauffmann, Engineer at ISEL, University of Le Havre, has started developing an innovative digital tool called Seaport Matrix Analysis. The tool is designed to allow the evaluation and identification of the different economic activities in Channel ports. The tool will be able to the balance between different economic activities on which a port depends. The ultimate goal is to facilitate the planning and organisation of ports in order to promote economic growth in the medium and long term.

Seine-Maritime County Council is conducting a series of studies in the Port of Le Tréport thanks to the FLIP project. These include the reorganisation of the fishing sector, the redevelopment of the former harbour masters building and a cutting edge study on preventing accelerated salt water corrosion from damaging harbour waterside infrastructures.

Atkins Global, a world leading engineering consultancy, are currently conducting smart energy audits in the UK FLIP ports of Newhaven, Tor Bay and Whitstable. The audits will identify opportunities for resource efficiency which in the longer term can generate significant savings on energy and utility costs. An overall summary of outcomes from their work will be widely disseminated through the FLIP website to assist other small and medium ports in the Channel regional to consider the adoption of similar energy saving practices.

Newhaven’s master plan drawn up by Royal Haskoning DHV and part funded through the PATCH project, an Interreg IVA 2 Seas project, has allowed FLIP partners to benefit from previous experience in the field of port master planning. The master plan has identified a number of opportunities for future development of the port buildings and land through until 2020. One of those opportunities focused on the offshore renewable energy industry.

FLIP MARITIME ENGLISH TRAINING - From the 23rd to 25th September 2014, Brixham will play host to a high level and innovative events of the FLIP project. The event will take place in a new dedicated bi-lingual training facility that has been created to support the building of capacity for maritime communication in the Channel area. The FLIP project support has been essential in supporting this new facility which comes at a key time for the port of Brixham which will see the demise of Brixham Coastaguard as a centre of excellence in the town.

The FLIP project has recently co-financed an overarching strategy for the Tor Bay Harbour Authority that will identify key steps towards providing a high quality service that is committed to improving Tor Bay’s three harbours and provide for a cleaner and safer environment.  The report is helping Tor Bay to develop robust partnerships with key maritime stakeholders to attract and deliver commercial port businesses contributing to job creation and the local economy.