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10 May 2012

'Port Management & Port Financing. Ports working together towards a sustainable future' - Conference at Seawork 2012

The PATCH project celebrates its completion in Southampton. Following 4 years of intensive collaboration, the ports of Oostende, Zeebrugge, Portsmouth, Newhaven, Ramsgate, Calais, Zeeland and East Sussex County Council will celebrate the successful completion of the PATCH (Ports Adapting To Change) project on the 23rd May in Southampton.

PATCH is a €9.5m scheme aiming at giving SME ports in the Channel area and the Southern North Sea additional capacity to be more resilient for changes and open to innovation and entrepreneurship. PATCH is co-funded by European Regional Development Funds under the INTERREG IV A 2 Mers Seas Zeeën Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013.  In order to showcase the key project achievements and debate issues of topical interest for European ports, the closing conference ‘Port Management & Port Financing. Ports working together towards a sustainable future’ has been organised.

The event will take place at Seawork International 2012 (22-24 May 2012), the largest international commercial maritime, workboat exhibition and business forumheld in a European working port, attracting every year thousands of sector professionals.The afternoon will offer several cues for discussion, from offshore renewables to Public Private Partnerships, from financing systems to master planning.

Visitors of the fair will also have the chance to stop at the PATCH stand where the project partners have decided to share the space with companieslocated in their proximity to promote cross-border trade and exchange best practices.  Wim Stubbe, AGHO’s Business Development Manager and PATCH Project Leader, said: “In a more and more globilised market where major hubs play the biggest role, small and medium sized ports must overcome competition and jointly tackle common problems to be more efficient and cost effective.  Through PATCH we have demonstrated that certain matters, such as port staff training, strategic diversification of port economic activities and logistics optimisation, can be dealt with together by sharing expertise and knowledge for everyone’s benefit. Seawork is an ideal location for our conference because it gives us the opportunity to liaise with an industry with which ports are strictly inter-reliant”.

‘Port Management & Port Financing. Ports working together towards a sustainable future’
14:00-17:00 | Conference Room 
1 Seawork International 2012
Canary Islands Fruit Terminal
103-104 Herbert Walker Avenue
ABP Southampton, Hampshire
SO15 1HJ
Click here to view the agenda.  Click here to register. 

For registration to to the Conference, Inquiries and Information contact:  
Wim Stubbe (Info)
e: wim.stubbe@portofoostende.be 
Evelien Vervaet (Registration)
e: evelien.vervaet@portofoostende.be

In order to access the conference venue, free registration to to the Seawork exhibition is required: www.seawork.com / www.exporeg.co.uk/visit/sites/mercator/seawork/12/vis/login.aspWHAT IS PATCH (Ports Adapting To CHange)Part-financed by ERDF under the Interreg IV A 2 Mers Seas Zeeën Cooperation Programme, PATCH isa €9,5m cross border project between 7 ports (Zeeland Seaports, Zeebrugge, Ramsgate, Calais,Portsmouth, Oostende, Newhaven) and 2 public bodies (East Sussex County Council, SEEDA) inBelgium, France, the Netherlands and UK.The primary objective of PATCH is to give the SME ports in the Channel area and the Souther NorthSea additional capacity to be more resilient for changes and to be open to innovation andentrepreneurship, as well as to diversify the economic base of their activities.For more info: www.portofoostende.be/patch

WHAT IS SEAWORK INTERNATIONAL?
The three-day Seawork exhibition is a major fair attracting over 7200 professionals each year fromthe international commercial marine sector. In 2011 in excess of 450 exhibitors from all over the worldshowcased their latest developments. In 2012 there will be a display of over 60 vessels and floatingexhibits. It will be a huge water demonstration. e: info@seawork.comwww.seawork.com

WHAT IS PATCH (Ports Adapting To Change)?
Part-financed by ERDF under the Interreg IV A 2 Mers Seas Zeeën Cooperation Programme, PATCH isa €9,5m cross border project between 7 ports (Zeeland Seaports, Zeebrugge, Ramsgate, Calais,Portsmouth, Oostende, Newhaven) and 2 public bodies (East Sussex County Council, SEEDA) inBelgium, France, the Netherlands and UK.The primary objective of PATCH is to give the SME ports in the Channel area and the Souther NorthSea additional capacity to be more resilient for changes and to be open to innovation andentrepreneurship, as well as to diversify the economic base of their activities. w: www.portofoostende.be/patch

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