Safely connected and sustainable 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

Archipelago and Islands

01.11.2016 - 31.12.2019

€2 725 455

€2 044 091

Project Summary:

ENDED. Currently common challenges for small ports especially in archipelago and islands are 1) limitations in safe access arrival, stay and departure the port due to less experienced seafarers as well as nature factors such as shallow and rocky routes, 2) lack of sustainable resource efficient services in ports, and 3) insufficient marketing activities separately in each port. In our project, these challenges are solved by mating the pilot small ports  with the sailing triangle from Rauma, FI through Sottunga and Kökar, ÅX to Gävle-Söderhamn region, SE. Rauma and Gävle are also official sister cities. These areas have huge potential for visitors to the area both by the nature values and urban services. However, these small ports need practical co-operative actions to improve local and regional mobility and contribute to tourism development.Our pilot small ports are owned and operated by the cities or private company in Rauma, FI, Sottunga and Kökar (ÅX) and Gävle and Söderhamn (SE).  The practical activities in pilot small ports are 1) formation of interactive step-by-step guidance by using ICT solutions, compatible with those existing used by the operators, for seafarers on safe arrival, stay and departure to/from the ports, 2) investments to sustainable and resource efficient infrastructure on land (e.g. solar energy, water, sanitation  and WIFI availability), 3) mating the small port operators with each other and with seafarers (local people and visitors) in the small ports to meet the needs for services and their availability as well as co-operation activities i.e. marketing.The PortMate will enhance safe access, suitable "green services" and joint marketing in small ports. The best practices on share of pilot small ports with good services will be expanded to other Central Baltic areas by an open access web-based ICT solution as well as in face-to-face  events. The result will be 19 Central Baltic small ports with improved services.

Lead Partner

Satakunnan ammattikorkeakoulu

Country: FI


Partner budget: 640.581 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 480.435 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Rauman kaupunki

Country: FI


Partner budget: 539.936 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 404.952 EUR ERDF

Gävle kommun

Country: SE


Partner budget: 463.486 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 347.614 EUR ERDF

Söderhamn kommun

Country: SE


Partner budget: 535.496 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 401.622 EUR ERDF

Sottunga kommun

Country: FI


Partner budget: 272.745 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 204.559 EUR ERDF

Kökar Havspaviljong Ab

Country: FI


Partner budget: 273.212 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 204.909 EUR ERDF

Achieved results

Project result in category -
Improved small port

PortMate - improved safety and resource efficient services in small ports

Project partnership worked during end 2016-end 2019 to improve services in 19 small ports in Finland, Sweden and Åland (Rauma, Gävle, Söderhamn, Kökar, Sottunga and other small ports nearby). A considerable part of the project budget and resources was devoted to the upgrade of investments – services house, waste management solutions, drinking water, lighting, putting solar panels, etc. Yet the project was not restricted to upgrade of investments which of course is valuable achievement that is used by boaters and other small port users during the project and coming years.
Project also worked on resource efficiency in the small ports. In results, a PRACTICAL GUIDE ON TECHNOLOGY, PURCHASING & INSTALLATION and PERFECT SMALL PORT WITHIN RESOURCE EFFICIENCY: BEST PRACTICES AND SUSTAINABILITY were developed. In addition, guidance videos on resource efficiency solutions and installations were released and can be found here. The resources efficiency was considered also as much as possible when upgrading investments in the small ports (using led lights, placing solar panels).
Project worked also on the most essential aspects on boaters safety and produced series of videos, concerning the safe approach to the pilot ports, best practices when sailing and a collection of risky situations at sea. YouTube videos provided a newer format compared to traditional methods of achievements (such as leaflets or reports). Safety equipment was upgraded in some project small ports.
Finally, throughout the duration of the project, PortMate collaborated with other Central Baltic and international projects, finding both a common background and possible synergies for future implementations. This cross-border cooperation created an extended network, that was evident at the PortMate final conference, which collected the presence and presentations of many different projects and organizations (here the full programme of the event https://sub.samk.fi/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/PortMate_finalconference-program_FINAL.pdf). All these efforts created the conditions for future developments of the PortMate core themes.
All achievements and other materials of PortMate are collected to a freely available browser based ICT tool at http://www.portmate.eu/ compiles the project results in English and local languages (Finnish, and Swedish).

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At a glance
  • 19 ports with improved services
  • Guidance and videos on resource efficiency and port safety solutions
  • Concrete improvements to ports

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