The BLACK SEA CRUISE Project aims to analyse the state of play and environmental and socio-economic potential for novel small-scale cruising/yachting models, in order to support, through a final set of recommendations, the sustainable development of the activity in the Black Sea region.
The Black Sea has many assets able to attract maritime tourism and consists of a large number of smaller ports able to receive small vessels (e.g. less than 100 m) with very few exceptions. The Project builds on the notion that cross-border cooperation will enable better coordination and coherence between policy frameworks and operational capacities, in order to support the growth potential of the cruise sector in the Black Sea basin.
Through six local workshops in the target countries and other concrete activities, the Project will engage in structured dialogue with a target group of local and regional stakeholders (i.e. policy makers, universities and naval/maritime academies, associations of ports, business operators of cruise companies, ferries and yachts, tourism associations) to explore concrete business opportunities in the region and to identify funding avenues and support actions for promoting such models.
It will run for 15 months, under the coordination of the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) in cooperation with eight local and regional partners, SML, CLIMAZUL, the Sochi State University, the “Ovidius” University of Constanta, the Burgas Free University, the Odessa Maritime Academy, the Batumi State Maritime Academy and the Karadeniz Technical University.
January 2021 – March 2022
The Project is co-funded by the European Commission under Grant Contract ENI/2020/421-957, coordinated by the BSEC PERMIS within the framework of the Action “Support to the Implementation of the Eastern Partnership Multilateral Dimension, Northern Dimension and Black Sea Synergy”.