The Boulogne slipway project validated
On 7 November 2019, the Boulogne sur Mer urban community voted to build a "boat trip". Evoked since about thirty years, this launching hold will finally be created. The local authority estimates the investment at around 1 M?. The project management contract should be published promptly. "We imagine a planning with a commissioning after 18 months, if there are no surprises and a good collaboration with the State services" says Olivier Copin, in charge of the economy and the port domain at the urban community of Le Boulonnais.
A study to choose the best port site
As part of the Boulogne sur Mer boat trip project, the urban area studied various scenarios. "As soon as the agglomeration took over responsibility for water sports in 2016, we launched a study covering 7 sites. There is no ideal location, but the one chosen, an old industrial zone, allows the installation of the slipway and nautical activities around it. There is no lock to access it and the area is protected, which will allow the boat owner to manoeuvre easily. The bare land around facilitates the development of manoeuvring areas and parking spaces," explains Olivier Copin.
Developing boating in the Boulonnais region
The launching slipway is part of the desire of local elected officials to strengthen boating in Boulogne sur Mer. Further investments are expected to follow. A dry port and a fairing area are planned near the inclined plane in a 2nd phase. The community is also open to boating and pleasure craft professionals who would like to settle in the harbour. "The development of pleasure boating is a priority for elected officials. The urban community took over the pleasure craft jurisdiction on 1 January 2016. After a 1st year of diagnosis, the 2nd year saw the improvement of the Napoleon basin and the addition of 96 additional places. There are also other projects in the boxes, such as the redevelopment of the outer harbour for the reception of stopovers by boaters," concludes the person in charge of the economy of the Boulogne area.