About Food Port
Food Port aims to develop the North Sea Region (NSR) as the best food cluster and hub in Europe for food products delivered via efficient and sustainable transport systems e.g. ‘green transport corridors’.
Food Port brings together partners from six North Sea countries (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom) to find practical solutions to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the food supply chains.
The Food Port project operates under the umbrella of the INTERREG IV B - North Sea Region Programme, part of the European Regional Development Fund. The project started on September 1st, 2010 and runs until August 31st 2013. The total project budget is 4.9M€, of which the ERDF co-finances 50%. The West Flanders Development Agency (POM West-Vlaanderen) is the lead partner.
In total 18 partners (including regional authorities, knowledge institutions, food industries and ports) from 6 countries are involved: Sweden (Region Västra Götaland, Port of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology), Denmark (University of Southern Denmark, Development Council of South Jutland, Port of Esbjerg and Port of Odense), Norway (Port of Kristiansund and Nordmøre), UK (University of Hull, The Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership - HITRANS and South East Scotland Transport Partnership – SEStran), Germany (City of Bremerhaven, "Deutsche See" and University of Bremerhaven) and Belgium (VOKA – Chamber of Commerce West Flanders, Port of Zeebrugge, Port of Oostende, POM West Flanders).
The project will investigate and develop green transport corridors for food products between regions around the North Sea. This will lead to concrete modal shift pilots along the identified green transport corridors and to the development of (new) food platforms or hubs. In order to improve the food-logistics chain, new technological solutions will be incorporated, such as a technical support platform.
- Optimization and coordination of food logistic chains in the North Sea Region: improve the accessibility and transport logistic system of different food clusters in the North Sea Region;
- Strengthen the food industry within the NSR: strategic position as FOOD HUB.
Food Port Priorities
- Promote the development of multi-modal and transnational transport corridors;
- Promote the development of efficient and effective logistic solutions.