Phase 2 - ‘Innovative and sustainable approaches to the adaptation and diversification of small and medium sized ports in the Channel area.’

The APLM will in parallel to Torbay Harbour launch a socio economic study where the objective will be to assess the direct and indirect employment impacts that small and medium sized harbours have on their surrounding communities.  The study will look at the economic benefits from existing and future sectors in the French Channel ports.  The importance will be to produce a baseline that can be used for the promotion of local and regional ports as future beneficiaries for investments and raise awareness amongst decision makers of the benefits that these ports can bring.

The Association of Local Channel Ports (APLM) is based on the implementation of the European Space Channel Project Development Initiative (DIPS: 2004-2007). One of the objectives of this project were the networking ports Space Channel with a willingness to recognize the Channel area as a coherent area of the European Union, and to strengthen the dynamics of cooperation between local ports Channel, combining both the Local Authorities port owners and dealers, including Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The APLM, created on February 1, 2007 in Saint Brieuc includes 19 French side ports of Commerce along the Channel coast from Calais to Douarnenez. The French Federation of Local Ports Channel which includes 36 secondary ports in France. The APLM objectives are: To ensure the sustainability "small" port development; to cooperate through a formal cooperation agreement; to develop a global vision, that enables small ports to adapt to constraints and anticipate opportunities to collaborate and seize on new opportunities for development.

The FLIP project has identified the knowledge base arould salit water corrosion in our Channel ports as a major cost to the different partners operations.  Lead by the Port of Le Treport, a study has been carried out in close consultation with the ports of Newhaven and Tor Bay to better understand how to protect harbour infrastructures, increase the life span and reduce long term rennovation costs.  The first step is for the study  has been to assess the threat harbours infrastructures.

This basin reorganisation programme is linked to the construction of the dry dock service that will continue throughout 2015.  The construction of the new Offshore wind farms, which are due to come into service in 2020, in the region is a major driver for the adaptation of the tradditional harbour infrastructures in order to serve these new industries.  Both the contrstuction and operations and mainnace phase will be supported in the Anglo bassin area of the harbour.  The studies will be completed in early 2015 and will benfit from the collective knowledge of the other FLIP partners of Whit