Project Details

Title: Sustainable Management for European Local Ports
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Water management

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2010 - 31st Mar 2013


Total budget: €1,643,674.68
ERDF contribution: €1,286,621.30

Lead partner

Seine-Maritime County Council (SMCC)
Avenue Grand Cours
71107, Rouen Cédex 1

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      Phone: 0033 2 35 03 50 36
      Fax: (33-0) 2 35 03 51 85

Project summary

This project will help smaller ports and the local authorities managing them to address environmental issues. Most EU ports are small ports often combining shipping, fishing and leisure activities. Despite their small size they have important economic, social and environmental links with their surroundings. Together, the thousands of European local ports have a large cumulative impact. They face environmental challenges from EU policy and legislation, and higher expectations from their users and local residents, but they lack the tools to respond to these challenges. The aim of "SuPorts" is to help local ports to design better environmental strategies and to have easy access to suitable environmental management tools in order for them to remain competitive and to contribute to a more sustainable EU.

The project proposes 2 axis:

- an exchange of experience to identify and promote better practice in the fields of dredging, protecting the marine biodiversity and involving stakeholders;

and the development of environmental management tools appropriate for smaller ports.


Partners will work together to customize existing environmental management tools, such as self-diagnosis, indicators, and environmental management systems, that have been developed for large ports or other fields, to produce easy and ready-to-use tools that are relevant for use by local ports. Better practice by larger and leading-edge, small ports will be identified and tools developed for use by local ports and local authorities to encourage them to be pro-active environmental players: designing and implementing innovative environmental and port policies.

The interregional partnership is led by the Seine-Maritime County Council (FR), and is the right mix of policy-making local authorities and public port autorities with operational experience. They will be supported by a few experts and disseminators to enable better practice to be broadcast around Europe.

7 countries are represented covering the Atlantic Ocean, the Channel as well as Mediterranean, North, Baltic and Egean Seas.


Over three years, the partners, supported by experts, will share and identify better practice, as well as test and formalize methodological tools. Activities will include trainings, studies, workshops, field work and the drafting of easy-to-read technical documentation. The results of this work will put at the disposal of all European local ports, practical guides on how to design and implement sustainable strategies and environmental management tools. These deliverables will be made available on-line and in paper formats, but also disseminated by Europe-wide confererences, local dissemination events in different languages and through a network of trainers.


To sum it up, "SuPorts" aims at promoting "Sustainable management in European local Ports".

Project achievements

The project has been launched in September 2010 during a press conference which all project partners attended.A first training session (maritime english) was held in klapeida, Lithuania and enabled partners to share a common language and to confront environmental issues affecting ports and ways of dealing with them.The work on the Component 4 of the project progressed swiftly. Indeed in February 2011, the partnership attended an ECOSLC train the trainer workshop in Venice as well as the GreenPorts conference. Then, in May and June 2011, 2 ECOSLC workshops addressing the EcoPorts tools, mainly the Self Diagnosis Methodology and the Key performance indicators, were organised respectively in Piombino (IT) and Fécamp (FR) where several dozens of local port managers attended. The ports of Piombino and Portoferraio implemented the SDM and became “Ecoports” ports. At the end of 2011, the port managers of Galicia participated to one of the EcoPorts tools workshop.

This work on the customization of methodological tools improved well during the year 2012 , as the Greek ports of Corfu, Volos, Kavala and Lagos participated to training sessions on these tools organized by the University of Thessaloniki, new comer in the project since November 2011. All these ports also implemented the SDM and obtained the Ecoports status. Finally, two other workshops occurred in May 2012, respectively in Piombino (IT) and Newhaven in East Sussex (GB). The workshop in East Sussex enabled (as in France and Italy the previous year) theadaptation of the EcoPorts tools to the and reach more ports in the Southeast area. The Piombino workshop was dedicated to the PERS certification, another Ecoports tool, a step further than the SDM. One day after the 2nd annual conference in Corfu in late June 2012, a last session on the certification tools was organized by AUTH and ECOLSC and was attended by all partners.

Regarding the exchange of best practices, the project took some time to start effectively because of the withdrawal and late replacement of its original Greek partners. Since July 2011, 2 workshops have been organized, two relating to Biodiversity (ESCC and AUTH in september 2012) and one relating to Stakeholders management in Thessaloniki in February 2012. . Also, the annual conference in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in November 2011 had enabled sharing experience on ports, environment and innovation aside to the dissemination of the project’s results. The study on currents and sediments launched by SMCC at the beginning of the year has been finalised with a methodological guide available to all SuPorts partners. A dredging workshop has been organised in November 2012 by APP. Three dissemination events have been organised (2 in Spain by Portos de Galicia early 2013 and one event organised by CITTALIA in Rome in November 2012). 5 ports obtained the PERS certification in March 2013.

All these achievements have been strongly disseminated through press articles and press releases, a SuPorts dedicated website as well as a final conference held in December 2012 further to the the 1st one held in Santiago de Compostela in November 2011 and the 2nd one in Corfu in June 2012. Moreover, the SuPorts staff has deeply disseminated and communicated around the project during a significant number of events: 3 other ports related European projects’ final conference: the C2C, PATCH and SMOCS projects as well as during a conference of the PORTNOVO project. SuPorts was also mentioned during the EU Mediterranean Conference on Research and Innovation. Finally, our SuPorts staff attended two INTERREG IV C events in Krakow in November 2011 and Sofia in April 2012.


The project delivered its final results during its final conference in early December 2012 in Rouen . SuPorts project was also mentionned during a debate organised by the CEPLI at the Open days 2012 in Brussels.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Seine-Maritime County Council (SMCC), Rouen Cédex 1 FRANCE Haute-Normandie 0033 2 35 03 50 36
Public entity Ports of Galicia (PdG), Santiago de Compostela SPAIN Galicia (34-0981) 547 244
East Sussex County Council (ESCC), Lewes UNITED KINGDOM Surrey, East and West Sussex (44-1273) 481606
Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), Roma ITALY Lazio (39-06) 5007 2040
Klaipéda State Seaport Authority (KSSA), Klaipeda LITHUANIA Lietuva (370 46) 499 624
Mediterranean SOS Network (MedSOS), Athens GREECE Attiki (30-210) 822 8795
DANETH-Intermun. Dev. Co. of the Prefecture of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki GREECE Kentriki Makedonia 30 2392033010
EcoPorts Foundation (EPF), Amsterdam NETHERLANDS Noord-Holland (31-20) 5234 670
Piombino Port Authority (APP), Piombino ITALY Toscana (39-0565) 229210
ANCI IDEALI European Foundation of Cities (IDEALI), Roma ITALY Lazio (32-2) 213 30 80 &
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, THESSALONIKI GREECE Kentriki Makedonia +302310995765
Corfou port Authority SA, Corfou port Authority SA GREECE Ionia Nisia 0030 266 104 551
ECO Sustainable Logistic Chain, Den Haag NETHERLANDS Zuid-Holland 31703858570


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