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Project name

Improvement of sailing infrastructure and yacht harbours network building in Estonia and Latvia, project number: EST-LAT55.

Project objective

Project objective is to improve sailing infrastructure and build network of harbours in Estonia and Latvia to promote East Baltic as sailing destination.

Target groups

  • Local and Foreign Sailors and Yacht clubs, regatta organizers and sailing associations of partner regions, sailing schools, small vessels licensing schools
  • Local public authorities include municipalities and regional authorities, tourist information centres
  • Enterprises and service providers in the harbour area

Project implementation period

1st of June 2017 – 31st of May 2020

Project financing

EUR 10 981 270.62 (incl. funding of the European Regional Development Fund EUR 9 334 079.99)

Project partners

The Project is implemented by the Lead Partner – Kurzeme Planning Region in cooperation with partners from Latvia and Estonia:

  • Riga Planning Region
  • Estonian Small Harbour Development Center
  • Liepaja special economic zone authority
  • SIA “Liepāja Marina”
  • Pavilosta Port Authority
  • SIA “AK Pāvilosta Marina”
  • SIA “New Yacht Marina” (Ventspils harbour)
  • Roja Port Authority
  • SIA “Kurland” (Mērsrags harbour)
  • Engure Port Authority
  • Jūrmala Port Authority
  • Riga Freeport Authority (Riga City Yacht Club harbour in Kipsala)
  • Skulte Port Authotity
  • Salacgrīva Port Authority
  • SIA “Saarte Liinid” (Ringsu and Munalaiu harbour)
  • Kihnu Municipality (Suaru harbour in Kihnu)
  • SIA “Wetmen” (Jaagupi harbour)
  • Tostamaa Municipaltiy (Varati harbour)
  • SIA “Varbla Holiday Village” (Varbla harbour)
  • SIA “Lõunaranna Investeeringud” (Lounaranna harbour in Muhu)
  • SIA “Koiguste Marina” (Koiguste harbour)
  • SIA “Port of Montu” (Montu harbour)


Project summary

I Better harbours network (investments activities in the harbours):

  • safe navigation conditions into harbours: Marking of the port entrance and aquatic area (waters) with proper navigation signs (leading lights, spar and floating lateral buoys, fixed lateral navigation signs);
  • Protection from waves (strengthening of the coast, construction or reconstruction of piers, breakwaters);
  • Dredging works: Ensuring of minimum depth alongside the quays and access way (fairway) 2.5 m;
  • More places: Ensuring properly marked visiting mooring places for small crafts;
  • Clean environment: Ensuring of reception of waste and wastewater;
  • Security: Ensuring of 24h security (fencing, video surveillance systems etc.), Installing of safety post (heaving line, boat hook, life buoy, ladder) and fire safety equipment on the quay, ensuring of emergency kit; Elaboration of emergency evacuation plan
  • Better services for sailors: electricity and drinking water available on the quay, service buildings and their reconstruction for washing facilities and water toilets, sauna etc., installing of lighting in the harbour area and quays;
  • Access information (stands, Wi-Fi, information boards about harbour network, their services and touristic information);
  • Expanding services: installation of slipway / crane and other yacht lifting equipment, building up of yacht storage facilities (outdoor/indoor).

Improved services of harbours in Estonia and Latvia are aimed to create standardized and harmonized service levels in harbours along coastline of Latvia and Estonia (altogether 21 small harbours), which includes safe navigation conditions into harbours, secure environment and good quality level services in the harbor, easy to access and understand information – while planning the trip, as well during the sailing holiday.

II Harbour network marketing activities (Connecting Marinas and Sailors):

  • Market survey and analyses to implement marketing strategy for target markets (Germany, Finland, Sweden, Poland)
  • Visual identity of East Baltic sailing destination
  • Participation in the international boat shows in Dusseldorf (Germany), Warsaw (Poland), Helsinki (Finland) and Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Cruising guide,  contain all the harbours in programme area as well additional info about the connecting harbours to enter the East Baltic sailing destination and Harbours network map;
  • Networking among the internal target group – sailors from Latvia and Estonia, through the existing regattas, championships, sailing events. (e.g. Moonsund Regatta, Baltic Open etc.) various events, conferences to give the harbours network wider recognition.
  • Expand the product of digital marketing tools for harbours and use the IT advantages
  • Online and social media promotion, web page will be optimized, incl. special articles in blogs, magazines etc.
  • Video about Latvian and Estonian harbours
  • Fam and press trips (journalists, bloggers, yacht clubs)

Project financing for Pavilosta Port Authority

EUR 215 926,00 (incl. funding of the European Regional Development Fund EUR EUR 183 537,10)

Investment activities of Pavilosta Port Authority

  • Development and installation of emergency evacuation plan;
  • Expansion of port services by installing a stationary crane;
  • Renewal of port navigation signs, incl. replacement and synchronization of signal lights, reception buoys;
  • Installation of floating pier in the port area;
  • Promotion activities of Pavilosta port.

Links to additional information

Kurzeme planning region:

Aiga Petkēvica, +371 29483674, +371 28650278,

Estonia-Latvia Programme webpages:,

Pavilosta Port Authority Project manager:

Zane Mežavilka,

The above reflects author’s views and the Managing Authority of Estonia-Latvia Programme is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein