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A.G. Port of Oostende
Slijkensesteenweg 2
8400 Oostende (Belgium)

Dual Ports

10/11/2015 - 30/06/2019


Project title

Developing Low carbon Utilities, Abilities and potential of regional entrepreneurial Ports

Lead Beneficiary

Autonoom Gemeentebedrijf Haven Oostende

Programme Priority

Priority 2 Eco-innovation: Stimulating the green economy

Specific objective

2.2 Stimulate the adoption of new products, services and processes to reduce the environmental footprint of regions around the North Sea

DUAL Ports Kickoff

On November 3rd 2016 the international DUAL Ports Kickoff was held in Vordingborg, and representatives from the participating countries where there.


Project Summary

DUAL Ports aims to decarbonise Regional Entrepreneurial Ports (REPs)´ resources through a shared eco-innovation port programme that minimises their environmental footprint.

The objective is to specifically develop sustainable utilities and abilities of (REPs). This will be achieved by collaboratively piloting and managing technologies and processes that tackle targeted measurable direct/indirect emission/pollution sources.

The project will ultimately enhance ports organizational/operational (energy) efficiency and performance, facilitating port low carbonization at reduced cost and with knowledge/investment added value.

As demonstrated by last years´ offshore wind energy developments in EU & beyond, ports can be key centres of innovation, testing and uptake of emerging technologies, leveraging participation and multiplier effects, e.g. by triggering clustered activities that generate employment and benefit the environment.

A transnational approach/collaboration will be adopted to allow the DUAL small & medium size ports capitalise on this potential, overcoming their individual limited staff, funding and capability to identify the most effective solutions on their own.

Only few measures have been selected due to the project duration and size of the partnership, but they are expected to have a considerable impact on the way ports can act as facilitators between enterprises, research centres and public authorities to enable user-driven ecoinnovation in the North Sea area.





2009 - 2013


Port Adapting To Change

Interreg IV A - 2 seas programme
"Investing in your future"
Cross border Cooperation Programme 2007 -2013
Part financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund)
Project Leader: Port of Oostende

Project Aim

Crossborder cooperation in order to improve the logistics and economic performance of ports and to develop adapted management models.
Improvement of the management of port development;
Improvement of the socio-economic performance of ports.
Improvement of the quality of the logistics operations on both landside and seaside

Project Partners

Port of Oostende, CCI Calais, Port of Zeebrugge, SEEDA, Port of Ramsgate, Port of Portsmouth, Port of Newhaven, East Sussex CC, Port of Zeeland.

Project Deliverables

Oostende: preparation of a new logistics zone and the development of sites for diversification of economic and logistics activities.

Duurzame Zeehavens (NL)

11/2012 - 12/2014


 Europees Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland project ‘Duurzame Zeehavens’

In het Europees Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland project 'Duurzame Zeehavens' werkten de havenbesturen van Gent, Zeebrugge, Oostende, Antwerpen en Terneuzen/Vlissingen samen rond duurzame havenontwikkeling. In het bijzonder legden ze hierbij de focus op energetische verduurzaming. Het project liep van november 2012 tot en met december 2014.

Met steun van het Europees Fonds voor Regionale Ontwikkeling investeerden voormalig Vlaams minister van Mobiliteit en Openbare werken Hilde Crevits, voormalig Vlaams minister van Energie Freya Van den Bossche, de vier Vlaamse zeehavens, de provincies West- en Oost-Vlaanderen, het Nederlandse Zeeland Seaports en de provincie Zeeland samen 794.428 euro in het Europese project "Duurzame zeehavens".

Er werd een tweeledig lerend netwerk opgericht, dat enerzijds bestond uit de betrokken projectpartners die regelmatig grensoverschrijdend overlegden en anderzijds een luik bevatte dat open stond voor alle stakeholders in en rond deze havengebieden. In de schoot van dit lerend netwerk werd een forum gecreëerd waar de deelnemers konden leren van elkaars onderzoeken en acties, inspiratie opdoen en nieuwe opportuniteiten uitdiepen. Het Havenbedrijf Gent trok het project.

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2013 - end 2015


Advanced National Networks for Administrations

ANNA is an EU Member States driven project - in close co-operation with the European Commission - to support the effective implementation of the EC Directive 2010/65/EU (Reporting Formalities for Ships arriving in/departing from EU ports).

ANNA fosters a harmonized approach for administrative facilitation:

    to reduce red tape for users
    to parse IT languages and
    to exchange data between national (Maritime Single Window) networks.

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01/06/2013 - 31/05/2015


Blue Energy Production in Ports

Partners from Belgium UK, denmark, Norway: AG Port of Oostende; Highlands and Ishlands Enterprise (HIE); Wave Energy Research Group, Aalborg University; Ghent University, Power-Link; Danish Wave Energy Centre (DanWEC); Sintef Energi AS; Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute (MARINTEK)

The BEPPo project, co-financed by ERDF under the Interreg IVB North Sea Region transnational collaboration Programme, focused on Blue Energy (wave/tidal) and its complementarity with traditional (gas/oil/coal) & new (wind/biomass) sources of power, building on the innovation capacity of ports to become bases for the production of integrated sustainable renewables, thus ensuring reliable & affordable supplies of clean, green energy. BEPPo helped gain a better understanding of how ports should structure themselves operationally, financially and legally, in order to:
-    maximise benefits from marine renewable developments;
-    act as a key enabler of the marine renewables supply chain, through infrastructure investment and innovative technology research;
-    and ultimately become renewable energy platforms and energy efficient businesses which can contribute significantly to the economic development of their areas