Smart Marina

Contemporary harbours with soft energy technology

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

01.02.2018 - 30.04.2021

€8 205 287

€6 243 202

Project Summary:

To plan a trip spontaneously, it is crucial to be able to find reliable information. The availability of highly valued harmonized standards like Blue Flag and Blue Star Marina in a harbor, usually influences travelers in their choice of (next) destination.

Maritime and coastal destinations are a growing trend among families, youth and middle-aged tourists. Visitors’ expectations towards service quality is very high. Keywords are clean facilities, service variety, availability of modern technologies, safety etc. The quality of facilities differs in harbors substantially.   Uncoordinated small harbors’ actions are not sufficient to improve the service level.  
The aim of the project is to help harbors transform into attractive and modern ports by connecting harbors & other relevant actors across CB borders to jointly enhance the level of services. The motto of the entire project is: “Opening the door to a destination”. As a result of the project, a Visitor-friendly harbor is opened not only for (boat)tourists but also for hikers, cyclists, families from the village nearby/beyond. Dockside pedestals should provide 2-or 3-phase electricity along with drinking & non-potable water. Laundry, modern mooring, ship logs, BerthMaster online etc will be a definite part of available services in harbors

Lead Partner

Ålands Utvecklings Ab

Country: FI

Partner budget: 3.649.999 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 2.737.499 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Valdemarsviks kommun

Country: SE

Partner budget: 1.005.894 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 754.421 EUR ERDF

Östhammars kommun

Country: SE

Partner budget: 818.465 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 613.849 EUR ERDF

Skärgårdsstiftelsen i Stockholms län

Country: SE

Partner budget: 259.430 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 194.573 EUR ERDF

Yrkeshögskolan Novia

Country: FI

Partner budget: 1.579.139 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 1.184.354 EUR ERDF

Hiiu Vallavalitsus

Country: EE

Partner budget: 892.360 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 758.506 EUR ERDF

Associated Partners

Nordiska Skärgårdssamarbetet

Country: FI

Företagsam Skärgård r.f.

Country: FI

Ålands Natur & Miljö r.f.

Country: FI

Expected results

As a result of the project there are 32 harbors in the Archipelago with increased number of services and improved service level whereas approx 20 participating harbors have a proven record of internationally certified quality standard or they have applied for it (which proves the necessary standard needed and reached by the harbor). Infrastructure in all harbors will be developed to meet modern standards, accessible, safe and welcoming every visitor.

Other expected results of the project can be characterized as follows:
a) The number of tourist visits after the project implementation is in average increased by 80 % as a minimum
b) Low or renewable energy solutions (solar panels, combined electricity and water systems) are taken in use in 25 harbors
c) The number of BlueStarMarina certified harbors: 2
d) The number of BlueFlag certified harbors: 18
e) One representative per harbor will be participating in practical study-visit to central Europe where the visits to different Blue Star Marina or Blue Flag certified harbors will be combined with 1-2 thematic and very practical training (subjects will be selected before each visit)
f) Joint marketing – Existing network of BSM and BF is opened for certified harbors but in reality the entire region (including all 32 harbors) will attract an interest and benefit from it. Several tools, taken in use in every region, will jointly form a network of local/regional/international tourism promotors along with other organisations active in boattourism.

Internet presence




Project website, Lead Partner

Smart Marina Final Conference (2021)

Other media visibility

Smart Marina är på väg att avslutas (2021)

Servicehuset på Rödhamn snart klart (2020)

Blue Flag i Käringsunds gästhamn (2020)

Ahvenanmaa ympäristösertifioi vierassatamiaan (2020)

Åland hållbarhetscertifierar gästhamnar (in Swedish Magazine) (2020)

Uuenduskuuri läbi teinud Soela sadam saab teenindushoone (2020)

Åländska gästhamnar i Smart Marinas App (2020)

Säkrare och gästvänligare hamn ska locka båtturisterna till Öregrund (2019)

Nya hamnen byggs i höst (2019)

"Vi hade inte haft pengar till det här" Valdemarsvik (2019)

Saaristomeren venesatamia uudistetaan EU-hankkeen avulla kesän vieraille (2019)

Flera byggnationer inom ramen för Smart Marina färdiga (2019)

Kastelholms gästhamn uppgraderar anläggningen (2019)

Flera gästhamnar i Åboland har fått ett lyft tack vare Novias Smart Marina projekt (2019)

Gästhamnar på väg mot hållbarhetscertifiering (2019)

Här lyfts de nya bryggorna på plats (2019)

ÅSS bygger servicehus på Rödhamn (2019)

EU pumpar in 100 miljoner kronor i gästhamnar runt centrala Östersjön (2018)

Svenska gästhamnar rustas upp med EU-pengar (2018)

Soela sadam tellib hooneid vaid tipparhitektilt (2018)

Åländskt gästhamnsprojekt får EU-finansiering (2017)

Project videos

Smart Marina Final Conference 20.1.2021 - See Comment for time table
Smart Marina EU_Niklas Birgetz Open the Door to the Destination 11.12.2018

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