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As a municipal port, major developments within the port and harbour are reliant on additional income streams and even more so external funding.
The Port of Ramsgate has been fortunate over the last few years to be able to work closely with other continental ports and form robust partnerships used to drawdown European grants, whilst additionally exchanging ‘best practice’ experience.
A long track record in applying successfully for European grants has been established and these have been utilised to fund substantial improvements to both the port and harbour.
The four most recent Interreg projects have been PATCH (Ports Adapting To Change), LOPINOD (Logistics Optimisation for Ports Intermodality: Network, Opportunities, Development), Yacht Valley and PAC2. Below is a small synopsis of how these projects have enhanced and allowed the port and harbour to develop.
The project also allowed us to undertake non-destructive testing inspections to berths, adapt port facilities, host an event on Blue Energy, install the Meter MAC system across the harbour, install Cathodic protection on berths, fund CCTV cameras, replace signal lights for port control and install an electronic tidal gauge.
The port and harbour’s involvement in LOPINOD came about as a result of the connections built up through previous Interreg projects and we immediately stepped in to replace a partner who had dropped out. Our involvement in the project has been more about master planning for the future rather than physical development.
Through this project we funded both an economic study and undertook partner engagement into the possibility of developing an alongside quay at the Port of Ramsgate. Although the initial outcome of the report was that in the short term we should concentrate on our current business, the report has shown that an alongside quay is possible in the future, particularly with the 2015 Emission Control Area ramifications.
PATCH allowed the investment in the replacement of the harbours aging South Eastern Breakwater pontoon. As a result we are able to accommodate moorings for larger Wind farm vessels in the harbour and this has led to the Port and Harbour becoming a renewable hub which has benefited supply chains and local employment.
With an ever increasing focus on Low Carbon by the EU programmes and with us wanting to be as environmentally responsible as possible, LOPINOD is also being used to fund the development of a Low Carbon Plan. This plan will focus on the full spectrum of renewables including wind, solar, marine source heat pumps and tidal. It is hoped that we will become a hub for all green energy going forward, building on our existing involvement in the wind farm industry.
It is through the capture of all ports greatest asset, the sea, that we hope to capitalise the most. Through the development of a tidal barrage we hope to generate our own electricity and to heat port and harbour buildings by using marine source heat pumps.
Yacht Valley concentrated on three main objectives, the development of Military Road Arches and 2 feasibility studies, one on the Smeaton Dry Dock and the other on further development of Yacht Servicing facilities.
The enhancements undertaken to the Military Road arches has resulted in the arches being utilised by a good mix of tenants. These tenants not only relate to yacht servicing, but also restaurants, cafes and art galleries which has lead to increased footfall and an improved café culture in the harbour area.
The Smeaton Dry dock study will focus not only on the history of the dock, but on future uses and how these could benefit the local area. The outputs of the study can then be considered and future development of the dock realised.
A study on improvements to yacht servicing is also being completed and from the direct outputs of this study, some additional investment activity will take place in the harbour area utilising the Yacht Valley funding.
PAC2 is an Interreg Cluster project that has come about as an alliance of partners from the PATCH and C2C (Connect to Compete) Interreg projects. The first phase of the project has been approved and digital promotional material will be developed to celebrate previous involvement in the PATCH project and in order to further promote the Port.
One of the most important aspects to us of all of the EU projects has been the ability to network and share experiences and ideas, which will lead to future improvements and has created strong partnerships to aid future trade.
On top of the Interreg programmes we have just been awarded a grant from the European Fisheries Fund in order to fund 50% of the Outer Eastern Pontoon replacement. These pontoons are used by Ramsgate’s fishing fleet and have now come to the end of their serviceable life. The replacement safeguards the fishing fleet and the added benefits they bring to the local economy.