Following the CAPITEN project closing meeting

On April 8th and 9th 2021, Région Bretagne, leader of CAPITEN, organised the project closing meeting, together with their partners from the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal, and representatives from the INTERREG programme authorities. Due to the current health situation, the event was organised online, over two days.

Highlighting the main achievements of the CAPITEN project and presenting the perspectives of cooperation after May 2021: these were the objectives of this closing meeting. Officially launched in 2017, the CAPITEN project brought together 15 partners from 5 countries of the Atlantic Arc. Over these 4 years, the partners worked on the development of new services and innovations in order to enhance the attractiveness of their respective territories.

This was the main topic on the agenda of the first session, which was held on Thursday, April 8th: for two hours, the partners presented the different actions they implemented within the framework of CAPITEN, in accordance with the 3 main themes of the project:

  1. Tourism and watersports
  2. Industrial development, construction and deconstruction of boats
  3. Yachting and marinas

14 realisations were therefore presented: product, context, conception work, target groups, budget, etc.

Tourism and watersports

  • Development of 5 innovative « family » concepts to discover nautical activities (Région Pays de la Loire, France)
  • Into the Blue, a virtual reality experience to discover safe water-based activities that can be enjoyed in, on and around the River Shannon (Limerick City and County Council, Ireland)
  • Nautic Lib, a mobile trailer for the supply of self-service nautical products (Région Bretagne, France)
  • Pirate de Bretagne, a nautical beach club for children, which aims at decreasing the fear of water and develop « aquacity » (Nautisme en Bretagne, France)
  • Atlantic Beach Tour Events, 32 events organised along the Atlantic coast to support the practice of nautical activities (Donegal County Council, Ireland)
  • Getting you on the Water!, promotion of nautical activities: stand-up paddle, kayak, coastal rowing… (Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, United Kingdom)

 Industrial development, construction and deconstruction of boats

  • Production of literature review on eco-construction, deconstruction and eco-design innovation in the boating industry (CIM Alto Minho, Portugal)
  • Construction of eco-surfboards from wood polymers (AD ELO, Portugal)
  • Supporting the development of a more eco-responsible industry: presentation of eco-designed canoes (CCI La Rochelle, France)
  • Production of a study on the deconstruction of fiberglass boats (AGAN+, Spain)

 Yachting and marinas

  • MaraMap, an interactive marine tourism map which presents the port services of Scotland’s west coast (University of the Highlands and Islands, United Kingdom)
  • Creation of 3 cabotage routes to valorise the maritime and natural heritage of coasts and bays along the Channel (Département de la Manche, France)
  • Development of a mobile application to present the port services on Madeira Island (ACIF-CCIM, Portugal)
  • Promotion of navigation basins in Finistère (Finistère 360°, France)


The second session, which was held on Friday, April 9th, enabled the partners to present their common ambition after the CAPITEN project: the creation of a Cluster, which aims at supporting the development of a more sustainable and social Atlantic nautical sector, either for the users or for the professionals, who rely on the nautical sector’s economy.

These 2 sessions were summarized in the form of graphic facilitation. These sketches, made in real time by Agnès PAYRAUDEAU, educational illustrator at PIC & Pic, will be available soon on the CAPITEN website:

After a 4-year cooperation, the CAPITEN project officially ends on May 31st 2021.