Berths 11 and 12 to be built at France's Port 2000 in Le Havre

THE French Port of Le Havre supervisory board has confirmed a multi-year EUR500 million (US$582

Berths 11 and 12 to be built at France's Port 2000 in Le Havre
05 July 2018 - 19:06

THE French Port of Le Havre supervisory board has confirmed a multi-year EUR500 million (US$582.91 million) investment programme devoted to development. The decision was voted unanimously in Le Havre on June 29 in a plenary session chaired by Emmanuele Perron.

The decision is based on the information resulting from the consultation of the governance bodies to which the port authorities had referred and the review of the consultation on improving river access to Port 2000 conducted last year.

The development board of the Major Seaport of Le Havre (GPMH) and its investment committee studied the programme presented by the port and gave it their full support.

'We are delighted that this programme, which is both feasible and financeable, has met with genuine consensus from the entire port community. It allows to re-launch the investments necessary for the further development of the number one French port for foreign trade,' development board chair Jean-Louis Le Yondre said.

The three Haropa ports have launched a forward planning analysis of the investments to be made over the next ten years. For each port, the question is how to reconcile the needs of commercial development with the issues involved in the maintenance and rehabilitation of the port assets with respect to the Seine corridor.

The Haropa initiative is structured around two priorities: development investments representing EUR500 million and investments in the maintenance and modernisation of existing assets, ie, EUR110 million over five years.

The priority is to complete Port 2000, including berths 11 and 12 and the flap gate. The construction of berths 11 and 12 will feed the Seine corridor by the growth in maritime traffic and river access to Port 2000 (via the flap gate), which will help to evacuate containers by waterway and will complete the current river solutions with their natural market outlets of Rouen and Paris.

The construction of berths 11 and 12 satisfies all the conditions for work to immediately start.

'The process of selecting candidates for the allocation of the two berths has been launched,' said Port of Le Havre director Herve Martel.

The foundation stone for the project could be laid as early as July 2019, 'which offers a guarantee of technical and administrative maturity liable to win the support of Europe for co-financing, for which we could apply alongside the flap gate project,' said Mr Martel.

The flap gate project has also been maintained in the priority programme, to serve a multimodal and low-carbon transport system advocated by many of the stakeholders in the port area.

The completion of Port 2000 will be the subject of a request to the European Commission for a subsidy. The level of the possible subsidy is in the order of 20 per cent of the cost of the work.

The supervisory board has also decided to continue studies on the extension to the ro-ro terminal, road/rail safety and security enhancement, further development of the logistics parks and redevelopment of the northern terminals.

The project for the ro-ro terminal will be carried out without delay, given the current pressure on available space. The project may need to be phased, with the construction of back-up areas first and then quays.

The crossroads between the industrial road and the A29 motorway, considered a bottleneck for the industrial zone, will be redeveloped. The port authority has already carried out studies in the hope of obtaining ministerial approval before the end of 2018.

Secondly, the 'La Breque' crossroads will also be redeveloped in order to improve the fluidity of throughput on the industrial port zone (ZIP) via bridge VIIa and accessibility to the west of the ZIP and projects under development in this sector.

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