Project Smart Marina
INTERREC CENTRAL BALTIC CB616
Smart Marina is an Interreg Central Baltic Project, aiming to develop climate-smart solutions in 32 guest harbors around the Baltic Sea Area. The countries participating are Sweden, Finland, Åland Islands and Estonia.
Each project partner is responsible for the guidelines within the individual regions. In total Smart Marina contains one Lead Partner (Ålands Utvecklings Ab) and five partners; Ålands Utvecklings Ab (Åland), Valdemarsviks municipality (Sweden), Östhammar municipality (Sweden), Skärgårdsstiftelsen in Stockholm (Sweden), Novia (Finland) and Hiiu (Estonia). You can find the contact information for our Projekt Managers here.
The project Smart Marina will have it's main focus on the following:
- Improve the varying standards in the Baltic Regions guest marinas and improve the cost effectiveness;
- Renew and modernize the marinas through climate-friendly solutions and innovations;
- Improve the joint marketing of the marinas to create better visibility.
- Smart Marina will modernize and expand services in projects marinas without affecting the unique archipelago environment;
- Create a network to promote the ports and create improved international visibility;
- Combine various smart solutions, thereby improving and making available new high-quality service combinations in a small-scale port segment.
Partner Hiiumaa Municipality lies on the island Hiiumaa, Estonia. It covers all of the island and operates altogether 4 small ports, including 3 guest harbors.
Project manager is Sven Kriggulson. Currently, he is also the CEO of "Kärdla Marina Foundation" which operates one of our project ports. Previously: project manager for the Lead partner of INTERREG Central Baltic project MASAPO, Credit&leasing manager for Estonian wholesale company Mecro Group, auditor at KPMG.
Sven can be reached at: email@example.com
Kärdla Marina is within top 10 harbors in Estonia by berths for guestboats and also by visiting numbers.
This season accumulated near to 2000 visiting nights, and over 90% of visitors were from abroad as usual – mainly from Finland. This is what makes Kärdla Marina investments in Smart Marinas project truly having a cross-border impact.
In spring 2018 we launched our last significant investment with the help of Smart Marinas project – construction of eastern floating jettie with 20 finger pontoon berths and 3 alongside berths. Already during this season the additional capacity was 100% in use for over a week during july, although fresh water and electricity was not yet installed.
The highlight of the season and at the same time exceptionally honourable event in our history was to welcome Merikarhut/Sjöbjörnarna sailing club members in Kärdla Marina for their 85th anniversary celebrations. Celebrations lasted for 2,5 days and over 60 sailing yachts and approximately 180 sailors participated in the event. Merikarhut also started their Riga escadron from Kärdla Marina earlier this year.