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Improved small port

FamilyPorts provides enjoyable stay for the entire family

Four small ports (two in south-west of Finland and two on Gotland island in Sweden made investments into service buildings and green technology. The new/improved service buildings also provide the companies running the ports an opportunity to boost the marketing of the ports. The joint marketing is visible in the website FamilyPorts
The joint architectural vision for a family-friendly port was used as an inspiration for all ports. The vision may also be used in the future.
Meetings with local stakeholders were the most useful way of communication. The project communication during the investment phases was mainly targeted to the local communities in the vicinity of the ports. Meetings were held with the local stakeholders who had an opportunity to have an impact on how the investments were planned and carried out. All partners followed the local legislation concerning the hearing of stakeholders, but in general the partners took the stakeholders’ opinions into consideration to a larger extent than the legislation demands.
Concrete results:
FI_Nagu: A service building with a family sauna and a separate dish washing station were constructed, and elected boat chargers were bought.
FI_Dalsbruk: Service building, electricity system, solar panels and boat charger.
SE_Ronehamn: The original time schedule had to be changed, but in the end all planned investments were implemented. A new service building was built, including solar panels.
SE_Lickershamn: The service building was renewed, and a sanitation building was built, according to plan. Solar panels were installed and a module for automatic check-in was installed.
Feedback from the port entrepreneur in Dalsbruk:
“The solar panels now produce one third of the electricity needed in the port. The visitors are getting more and more conscious about the environment and many of them have been asking for information about the solar panels. It is nice that we can be a model for environmentally friendly energy production. The number of toilets has been doubled, and this has been much appreciated by our customers. The new dish washing station and the washing machines have also been appreciated. All in all, we are very pleased with the result of the project.”
The most important cross-border value was the opportunity to discuss practical matters and to see how problems have been solved in other ports. Sharing experiences and learning from each other is still very important and a needed activity for partners from different countries.

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At a glance
  • 4 small ports with improved services
  • Investments in service buildnings
  • Joint architectural vision for family-friendliness
  • Sustainability with green technology