Hurum Municipality

Smart City challenge

How can Hurum municipality establish more efficient and environmentally friendly marinas?

Hurum municipality has a long coastline, and have several harbour areas, mainly within private use of boats for leisure but also, to some degree, maintenance for small sized vessels. Hurum municipality are experiencing an increase in demand for use, both in terms of more berths (approx. 1000 more berths) and upgrading the harbours for future and sustainable usage.

Today, we see the area’s most pressuring for measures are within:

  • Waste
  • The harbour facilities
  • Tourism- and regularly visitor-friendly solutions


This area is divided into two main challenges

  1. the harbour areas have no good solutions for receiving septic and other waste from human consumption
  2. there are no sustainable treatment of environmentally hazardous substances arising from operating and maintenance of boats.

The general activity in the ports leads to emissions both on land and at sea, and with more pressure for increasing the activity, this will lead to more waste and are in need of a strategy for development.

The harbour facilities:

  • The marinas do not have an effective way of lifting boats out of the sea and or any storage system, both for maintenance and seasonal storage of the boats.
  • There is no plan for facilitating electrical charging possibilities.
  • It is furthermore estimated that there are “missing” about 1000 berths for leisure boats in Hurum municipality.
  • Currently the harbours experience lack of parking for users of the boats, visitors and maintenance personnel. Boat owners and tourists who use the port also assert the lack of mobility solutions for transport to and from the marinas.

Tourism- and regularly visitor-friendly solutions:

This area of challenge is more directed towards the opportunities of developing the harbours. Due to the location of the harbours, it has the possibility to attract sea travellers from the areas within the municipality, visitors that are originally originated on the other side of the fjord, as well as the tourism of sea travellers that going to and from the sea areas around the Norwegian capital, Oslo. This means that the waste- and refill possibilities must be upgraded, the stop-and-go possibilities have to be up to date, and the possibility of creating easy pick-up of boats would increase the possibilities for maintenance- and mechanical businesses to thrive.

This is included in the municipality ambition to create attractive and environmentally friendly ports to create growth in the municipality.

Problem roots:

  1. Demand for environmentally friendly fuel and sustainable solutions for handling environmentally hazardous emissions and waste
  2. Better utilization of areas is necessary to create flexible solutions for increased accessibility for users of the marina.
  3. Need to have «green thinking» when developing the harbours at this point, the focus is on developing and installing solutions for sustainable usage, for users, nearby inhabitants and area, and future usage of leisure boats.
  4. Increased demand for leisure boats in general after a warm summer (need for 1000 more berths) (and consequently increased demand for maintenance, mechanical businesses etc.)

Main obstacles:

  • Demanding to find direction and overall plan.
  • Economic challenges
  • Lack of knowledge of technological solutions
  • Lack of overall thinking related to mobility solutions
  • Seasonal challenges

Consequences of the problem:

Areal conflicts in the villages

Pollution in both sea and at land

Lack of income for local business suppliers

Missing opportunities for building attractive villages

When the problem is solved:

Functional villages and living areas

Increasing income for local businesses

Reduced and removed pollution sources

Reduced use of energy

Existing solutions:

  • Exploration electric commute route
  • New technology boat wash
  • New project for expanding Tofte harbor (one of the two harbors in question). We have started a dialog including both land owners, users, technological suppliers, business development, investors etc.

Next steps:

  • Create project group or consortium for solving common challenges in other similar communities.
  • Funding opportunities for new projects and solutions in the harbours.
  • Technological solutions for maintenance and visitors.
What is the city looking for?
  • Find relevant examples of successful projects or pilot projects
  • Find new cooperation partners
  • To find if there are possibilities to define a pilot-project
  • To find possibilities for finances


  • Which solutions for increased capacity for small boat traffic should be taken into use?
  • How can we provide greener energy for small boats / leisure boats?
  • How can we handle hazardous emissions and waste in the port?
  • Which winter storage possibilities are best suited for small boats, and how can this possible storage systems operate successfully in Hurum municipality?
  • Which factors are essential for efficient transport / logistics to and from the marina?
  • Which technical and practical solutions can be used to solve transport / logistics to / from the port by land?
  • Which technical and practical solutions can be used to solve transport / logistics to / from the port at sea?
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