(Aligning Ferry passenger and Leisure Operations in the Atlantic)

AFLOAT has been developed under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Atlantic Area and submitted under the call for projects that closed in April 2011. The project draws togetherpartners in the UK (including HITRANS and SPT), Ireland, Spain and Portugal.

The overall aim of the project is to share best practice between partners, identifying and implementing appropriate standardisation measures to increase passenger numbers in a sustainable way across the Atlantic Area.

In line with other Atlantic Area funded projects, partners will be able to claim back 65% of expenditure for work completed as part of AFLOAT.  HITRANS share of the budget that has been submitted in the funding application stands at €981,487.


AFLOAT aims to:

  • Introduce smart ticketing for ferries, integrated with other transport modes.
  • Integration of ferry services with local bus, rail, air and road networks through provision of more appropriate services and facilities;
  • Improve the marketing of ferry services to local travellers and tourists.
  • Improve use of sustainable energy sources within ferry operations.
  • Develop new and modified ferry routes and networks to improve regional accessibility.
  • Establish a knowledge sharing network of ferry operations within the Atlantic Area region.


If AFLOAT is approved by the Atlantic Area Managing Authority the project will run from January 2012 to September 2014 (32 months)