Energetic small ports in Central Baltic region

P3 Well-connected region

3.2. Improved services of existing small ports to improve local and regional mobility and contribute to tourism development

Central Baltic

01.03.2020 - 30.11.2022

€2 363 776

€1 875 441

Project Summary:

Small ports are scattered across the Central Baltic area, but notwithstanding the distance, they share the same issues: a short season in which they have to compete for people’s time and a limited amount of financial resources and skills for port development. To tackle these challenges, various small ports underwent many activities and investments to improve both safety and energy efficiency. However, currently, a common information platform for boaters is missing. Therefore, finding out about small ports' energy-efficient services can be challenging. 

CBSmallPorts will gather the relevant information about the investments done in the small ports of the Central Baltic area, as well as the essential resources available in relation to small ports into a joint network. Instead of various separate web apps, the project will formulate a common online platform “SmallPorts” combining the information both for boaters, other service users, and small ports. The app’s theme is “climate-friendly leisure time in small ports”. The key task of the project will be to define the energy efficiency level of the ports and to offer guidance to small ports in order for them to invest in energy efficiency, as well as to work on a marketing strategy and open an online platform aimed at combining data from different sources and applications. 

Moreover, the CBSmallPorts project will develop energy efficiency solutions aimed at improving the small ports' service level in the whole Central Baltic area. More efficient supply of energy in small ports will benefit boaters and other small port users as well as the environment. The project will implement the investments supporting an energy efficiency approach and green values in marketing. The project activities will also involve dissemination in some of the most appreciated boating fairs in Finland, Sweden, and Germany. 

Lead Partner

Satakunnan ammattikorkeakoulu

Country: FI

Partner budget: 370.860 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 278.145 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Turun yliopisto

Country: FI

Partner budget: 152.056 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 114.042 EUR ERDF

Airiston Matkailukeskus Oy

Country: FI


Partner budget: 196.272 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 147.204 EUR ERDF

Kaakkois-Suomen ammattikorkeakoulu

Country: FI

Partner budget: 266.774 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 200.081 EUR ERDF

Rīgas plānošanas reģions

Country: LV

Partner budget: 167.079 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 142.017 EUR ERDF

Kurzemes plānošanas reģions

Country: LV

Partner budget: 137.220 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 116.637 EUR ERDF

Söderhamn kommun

Country: SE

Partner budget: 196.038 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 147.029 EUR ERDF

Bläse Kalkbruk

Country: SE

Partner budget: 155.690 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 116.768 EUR ERDF

Eesti Väikesadamate Arenduskeskus MTÜ

Country: EE

Partner budget: 558.387 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 474.629 EUR ERDF

Hiiumaa Sadamad SA

Country: EE


Partner budget: 163.400 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 138.890 EUR ERDF

Associated Partners

Suomen purjehdus ja veneily

Country: FI

Expected results

The project’s main results are Central Baltic small ports with improved energy efficiency and climate friendly services in a network of small ports in the whole CB area. The small ports network with the improved services operates though F2F meeting and in long term web-based platform CBSmallPorts, which combines and upgrades info from existing ICT tools versions. Small ports will be more cost efficient on operations: saving energy, new energy efficient investment and on jointly marketing the small ports to port visitors.

Investments on energy efficiency are made in 15 small ports (which are ok with de minimis) in Finland: Seili; Airisto Strand, Tervasaari, Sapokka, Pyhtää; in Sweden: Bläse Kalkbruk, Klacksörarna and in Estonia: Dirhami, Lennusadam, Lõunaranna, Roograhu, Kalev JK, Kardla, Orjaku and Soru.

In addition, there are 30 small ports participating only to the energy efficiency mapping such as small ports from CB PortMate: Rauma FI x 3, CB FamilyPorts (Nauvo, Taalintehdas), Lootholma; Åland: Sottunga, Kökar and other 5 small ports (from CBMASAPO, Smart Marina), Gävle x 3, Söderhamn x 2 and other 5 Swedish small ports (from other CB projects) and Latvian x 7 small ports.

All small ports of CB area are presented and will be marketed using the future online platform of CBSmallPorts. The project will improve local and regional mobility though better services and joint marketing, and thus improve travel opportunities of local people (all CB areas), as well as attract more visitors to the region. CBSmallPorts enhances marketing efforts, attracts new visitors and make them aware of what the small ports offer, thus increasing prosperity and well-being of the region. Through cooperation with regional and local projects, we evolve and ensure that development efforts are coordinated and scalable to all small ports.

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