The aim of the SEAPORT project was to join efforts to find combined innovative solutions for the economic challenge that has occurred in small to medium seaport towns and maritime areas. The project sought to develop new strategies to strengthen the economic position of the seaport towns and their hinterland (maritime areas) and if necessary, redevelop also maritime areas.
Through the Reconstruction of port and urban areas the project was able to provide a more tourist based attraction which in turn has led to higher economic growth. Other important themes in the development of these areas included increasing accessibility to public transport and car, which would in turn make the area more user-friendly.
In the facilitation of tourism it was realised that investment was needed in the development of information as well signage systems for visitors. This in particular was investigated in the partner city of Bremerhaven (DE) where these information systems provided information on local cycle routes, pedestrian walkways and also driving information e.g. directions. The creation of new business through a holding and distribution facility has provided new opportunities for local fishermen in Hartlepool (UK).
As well as actions on local level, SEAPORT produced a number of results at the North Sea Region level through combining knowledge and experience in relation to the two themes of the project. Through this a joint North Sea related communication platform for sea port related tourism was implemented. Furthermore, a report on state-of-the-art waterfront development in the NSR and 8 fact files containing waterfront development in the NSR were created.