Food Sector and Circular Economy

Brahea Centre has a significant role in the developmental work aiming to improve the competitiveness of small and middle size food companies locally, nationally and also in the Nordic and Baltic Sea regions.


Central Baltic CB SmallPorts - Energetic small ports in Central Baltic region

Small ports provide improved services in the central Baltic Sea region

In the past years, various projects have worked to improve the safety and infrastructure of small ports. Now experts from Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia have joined their forces to develop better services in the small ports of the central Baltic Sea region. The focus of the CBSmallPorts project is on energy efficiency and joint marketing of the area.

Enhancing the energy efficiency of small ports

The CBSmallPorts project aims at supporting the sustainable development of small ports in the Central Baltic region with environment-friendly activities and investments. Enhancing the energy efficiency of the ports – both the energy supply and its use by boaters, as well as other small port users – is the key of all activities. Several small ports have established activities and investments for safety and resource efficiency, but need tools to take a step further in developing the ports and to market the services to the target groups efficiently.

Reaching the small port users and improving the services

Regardless of the location in the Baltic Sea area, the challenges of the small ports seem to be similar: the short duration of the sailing season with the competition of boaters’ time as well as limited skills and financial resources for port development. Therefore, cooperative actions and comprehensive online platforms bring value to all users and operators in the region.

Investments in small ports located on the Finnish Sea of Archipelago include such activities as the renovation of the sauna buildings in Seili small boat port, and the purchase and installation of new floating piers and solar panels in Airisto Strand small boat port in Parainen.

In addition to actual concrete investments and gadgets necessary in the development of the small ports in the Central Baltic region, a platform for collecting and marketing the services is needed. The aim of CBSmallPorts is to gather all the relevant information into one reachable platform. Instead of different separate web apps, the project will collect the data into a common online platform called “SmallPorts”, combining the information for different audiences, such as boaters, other service users and small port owners. All small ports and their services will also be presented in boat shows in Helsinki, Stockholm and Düsseldorf.

The strength of cross-border cooperation

The CBSmallPorts project has brought together ten organizations and operators from four countries in the Central Baltic area. The partnership consists of universities, municipalities, companies as well as national and regional development centers. The expertise of project partners varies, which is a notable advantage for the project and gives the possibility to approach the challenges of small ports from various angles.

Central Baltic CB SmallPorts

CB845 CBSmallPorts - Energetic small ports in Central Baltic region - is funded by the Interreg Central Baltic Programme, with an ERDF budget of 1.875.000,- euros. Projects total budget is 2.364.000,- euros altogether. The project is led by Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, which is responsible of the project management and its communication. Other Finnish partners are University of Turku and its Brahea Centre, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences and Airiston Matkailukeskus Ltd. Rest of the partners come from Estonia, Latvia and Sweden. As an associated partner, Finnish Sailing and Boating Federation is also involved. All partners work with energy efficiency, green investments and marketing tasks. They will work together for energetic small ports in the Baltic Sea region, from March 1. 2020 until 30. November 2022.

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Project Expert Veijo Pönni
Brahea Centre / University of Turku
Phone: +358 50 542 6747

Project manager Minna Keinänen-Toivola
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Phone: +358 44 710 3063

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