Le port de Whitstable ouvert l'atelier par une présentation de ses plans de développement du port et a donné un overvview des études de FLIP qui contribuent aux ports plus des plans à long terme. Parler d'un important programme jusqu'à la côte à Chatham, le projet de loi Ferries OBE parlé avec passion de l'historique Chatham Docks régime de tous les tous les défis auxquels ils ont fait face il ya la suite de la fermeture du chantier naval dans les années 1980.


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.

On 10th December 2013 Whitstable hosted a high profile seminar on the financing of economic development in small and medium sized ports. Whitstable Harbour and Canterbury City Council shared their work to date and their experiences with transforming the historic buildings of the harbour 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.

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.