The interest in outdoor recreation and tourism is constantly increasing. More and more people spend the summer in leisure boats along our coasts. The number of people visiting the natural environments as well as urban areas and attraction points increases. For those who are new to boating, coastal waters and archipelagos can be a challenge, as well as to arrive at and stay in unknown guest ports.
PortMate is focused on solutions to promote guest port security and how the port services may be both environmentally friendly and resource efficient.
On this basis, and together with renowned external stakeholders, PortMate will examine possibilities, collect best practices and exchange experiences about safety and availability, investments for increased services, information and marketing.
Action plans will be handled for the 19 ports included in PortMate with investment plans and local information. A joint action plan will also be produced for information and marketing
The action plans (including investments) are carried out within the project. Results are reported in a guide to interest other small ports in the Central Baltic area.
PortMate pilot small ports, in total 19 ports, are located in the "triangle of boating" Rauma in Finland, Sottunga and Kökar in Åland, Gävle and Söderhamn in Sweden. In Söderhamn the pilot ports are the guest harbours in Söderhamn Inner City, on Enskär and on Storjungfrun.
PortMate is financed by the EU-programme for Central Baltic. It runs from 1st of November 2016 til 31th of December 2019 with a total budget of
EUR 2 727 225 €. ERDF: 2 045 419€.
- Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (Finland) – Project leader
- Raumo (Finland)
- Sottunga (Åland)
- Kökar Havspaviljong (Åland)
- Gävle (Sweden)
- Söderhamn (Sweden)