The purpose of the PATCH Project (the acronym for Ports Adapting To Change) is to adapt port strategies and development plans to the growth forecasts for the cross-border trade of goods in the Channel and the southern part of the North Sea, while taking into account environmental issues.
The project lies within the scope of the INTERREG IV A – 2 Seas programme. Launched in 2009, it will end in 2012. It involves nine partners including seven ports (Zeebrugge, Ostend, Calais, Portsmouth, Ramsgate, Newhaven, and Zealand Seaports).
The Patch project will help co-finance:
- The installation of Variable Message Signs on the ring road used to access the port and the port perimeter, as well that of equipment to control road congestion, and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
These facilities are already operational on the ring road and the cargo area. A video camera (on the turn to the East ring road) placed on a mast provides information to improve traffic flow. It is powered by wind and solar energy.
The facilities in the enclosed area and the Marcel Doret area will be operational by year-end 2011 / the middle of 2012.
- A study of the dynamic management of traffic flows (launched in October 2010) as part of the commissioning of the VMS.
PATCH VIDEO DYNAMIC MANAGEMENT OF TRAFFIC FLOWS
- A study (launched in January 2011) about the possibilities of using renewable energy in the port of Calais, focusing more on innovative solutions and technologies in the Research and Development phase (use of electrokinetic road ramps – recovery of the energy released by passing trucks and vehicles – use of sea energy, energy recovery, etc.)
- A technical and financial feasibility study (launched in December 2010) on the electricity supply to ships at berth (Cold Ironing) during loading / unloading operations.