European Projects

The Haven Gateway has always sought to promote the sub-region as a centre of business excellence particularly focused on the Maritime Sector.  The Partnership identified projects that would enhance the reputation of the sub-region as a centre of Maritime Excellence and that support the activities of the private sector.

The Haven Gateway Partnership has been a partner in three recent European funded Projects:

Cruise Gateway 

Cruise Gateway ,“towards sustainable growth of cruise shipping in the North Sea Region”, was a project within the Interreg IV B North Sea Region Programme and started on 1st October 2010. It was a three-year 1.9 million Euro project which aims to develop the North Sea as a sustainable cruise destination in its own right. It involved 14 partners, including Haven Gateway, from Germany, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK who undertook joint lobbying and marketing, the building of a regional maritime identity, and the development of innovative ideas for passenger excursions.

The project ended in September 2013 with the closing conference in Rotterdam.

For further details see the Cruise Gateway website:  

   Port Integration


The Port Integration project sought to identify, exchange and transfer, best practice in the transport sector with a particular focus on transport chains in ports and hinterland transport and tried to combine relevant strategies

This was another Interreg IVC European project involving the Haven Gateway Partnership.  The Partnership hosted the final conference for the project on 5 March 2013 in Ipswich.

For more information about the project please visit the website


Dryport, “a modal shift in practice”, was a project that aimed at shifting some of the transport of freight from road to rail and inland waterways. Dryports are hinterland intermodal freight transport hubs – a natural extension of traditional coastal gateway ports.

Dryport was a three-year public/private sector Interreg IVB North Sea project with total funding of €4,870,750. Of this, 50% was European funding and 50% match funding from partners. As well as the Haven Gateway Partnership and Babergh District Council, other core partners were; the region of Västra Götaland in Sweden; the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden; Falköping Kommun, Sweden; the Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium; the Edinburgh Gateway, Gemeente Emmen, the Netherlands; and the Province of Friesland, the Netherlands.

The closing conference for the project was held on 23 May 2012. For more information visit the Dryport website ;