The Port of Newhaven is a partner in the INTERREG IV(A) France – England - Fostering Long Term Initiatives in Ports (FLIP) project. The project bring together brings together a partnership of 10 public and private organisations, including Département des Côtes d'Armor, Université du Havre, Association des ports locaux de la Manche, Syndicat Mixte du port de Dieppe, Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de la Côte d'Opale, Syndicat Mixte du Grand Légué, Newhaven Port and Properties (NPP), Canterbury City Council, and Torbay Council.
The FLIP project seeks to promote a sustainable cooperation between small & medium sized ports in the Channel area by promoting exchanges of experience around transportation, logistics, energy and renewables, eco- innovation through an:-
Increased cross border sharing of best practices between small and medium sized ports to promote innovative, sustainable and diversified port activities.
By building the internal capacity of port management, improve performance, sustainable transport links, facilitate trade, promote innovation, embrace resource efficiency and boost the economy of the region.
Improving governance between the ports and their local communities and making the most optimal use of available resources
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.
The project has allowed the participating partner ports to share experience on port masterplanning, investigate how small & medium sized ports in the Channel area can diversify their activities and new Business Models can be developed for the sustainable redevelopment of redundant harbour buildings; analyse opportunities in the cruise sector focusing on the port partners´ capacity to engage and respond to industry requirements that can lead to greater frequentation; verify the possibility to develop a Maritime Heritage and Information Centre by utilizing an historic harbour infrastructure for non-maritime use; study how to optimize port infrastructure for future uses, including Operation & Maintenance services for the offshore wind industry and define potential smart energy solutions for the participating ports.
A number of the studies, exchanges and event presentation have been placed on the FLIP project website URL : www.flip-ports.eu
NPP received funding as a partner in the PATCH project which ran from 2009 to 2012.
The ports and logistics industries are the economic backbone of the 2seas-area. The Patch project help reinforce the participating ports by ensuring a continued contribution to the GDP of the participating countries and by making them more resilient to change. More responsive to new opportunities, innovation, and adaptable to market changes.
Patch focuses both public and private partners on the regional benefits of the economic well-being of the participating ports, and on the changing needs of the ports and the logistic industries.
The project targeted key development and planning opportunities that could safeguard maritime employment in the ports, and their logistics activities. The project also focused on longer term development opportunities that could be strengthened through cross border sharing of experience rather than short term competition between the participating ports in the Channel area and the Southern North Sea.
The PAC2 cluster brings together the PATCH (Ports Adapting To CHange) & C2C (Connect to Compete) transport projects to raise awareness of their best practices and development potentials on multimodal connectivity in the 2 Seas macro-region´s Small and Medium Sized (SMS) ports.
It also aims to trigger follow-up activities that enhance landside & seaside accessibility, enabling the Programme area to support a truly integrated internal market and thrive on the global scale.