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MAYA2, an Interreg IIIB project about Marine and Yachting in North-West Europe


Following the conclusions of the studies, executed under the provisions of the Interreg IIC project called MAYA1, the partners in MAYA2 have agreed to start the improvement of the status of the marinas within the area of the Southern North Sea and the Irish Sea. Not only by way of physical investments, but also by increasing knowledge, professional organising and very much by promotion and marketing.

The total plan started by the end of 2003 and now all partners in the MAYA2 program are on stream with their action plans.

These plans are running alongside the Interreg IIIB priority 5, stating:

Enhancing the maritime functions of North-West Europe and promoting territorial integration across the seas of North-West Europe.

This priority includes some so-called measures of which measure 5.1 runs like this:

Promote transnational co-operation in the enhancement of maritime functions and in the development of more sustainable links between seaports and their hinterlands.

The plans are to be divided into themes:

Theme a: Network development between the partners.

Theme b: Product development for the gateways.

Theme c: Reinforcement of route structures over water.

Theme d: Professionalisation of  the water sports industry.

Theme e: Promotion and marketing.

Visibility for outsiders, visiting yachtsmen and other interested parties will especially be there relating to the physical investments (theme b) and by way of the promotion and marketing activities that will lead to more understanding of the existence of the cooperation between the partners and their marina facilities and attraction.



In the promotion and marketing actions the outcome will specifically be aimed at visiting yachtsmen who will be pointed at all the attractions that exist in various marinas along the North Sea and Irish Sea coastline. Attractions in the surrounding towns, like festivities, historic sites, shopping areas, will be mentioned in a sailing guide.

Next to the guide, a website has been installed, so all interested parties will be able to get the full knowledge about the ongoing actions. The address: www.maya-net.org

The physical investments will certainly be obvious when visiting the marina itself. They will consist of improvements of the marina facilities themselves and the links from the marina to the surrounding area, town etc. (the hinterland).

Examples of these investments, already on their way, can be found in Breskens, Sint Annaland and Zierikzee (the Netherlands), Colchester and Maldon (UK) and as of next year in New Ross and Donegal (Ireland) and along the canal network in Scotland.

Around the other themes you will be seeing the coming to existence of a national Irish Marine database and a national Marine Association, several marina managers networking activities like workshops and conferences, Blue Flag Award promotions,  various collectively organised harbour and sailing events, of which Ostend at Anchor is one of the biggest, and last but not least, intensive studies on environmental aspects and the feasibility of innovative solutions like anti-fouling opportunities, dredging, siltation, bird protection and outer-dike living conditions. Several of these actions have already taken place and for example the conferences and workshops are the first in an annual sequence. The Maya newsletter, which can be downloaded from the website supplies the readers much more details.

Partner meetings, held under leadership of the Lead Partner, the Province of Zeeland, take place twice a year and are one of the many moments of transnational co-operation between the partners. These meetings are always combined with site visits to partners marinas.

Henk Mos, project co-ordinator of MAYA2.

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