Le Havre again achieves record container volume of 2.1 million TEU

CONTAINER flow through the Port of Le Havre reached a record 2

03 February 2019 - 19:00
CONTAINER flow through the Port of Le Havre reached a record 2.1 million TEU in 2018 despite an 8.4 per cent year-on-year decline in intermodal traffic, reports London's Container Management.

Strikes at the start of 2018 led to the decrease in rail traffic but the performance of the Le Havre Multimodal Terminal improved as it grew to 155,000 TEU.

Full containers saw a net increase of three per cent and transshipments were stable due to an improvement at the end of the year.

The 2M alliance added Le Havre as a new port of call as part of the AE7 service, which HAROPA (Le Havre, Rouen, Paris) port authority 'confirmed the alliance's confidence' in the port.

HAROPA hit the three million TEU mark for the second year running and maintained its position as fifth ranking North European ports with a market share of 6.5 per cent.

The increase in shipping traffic was accompanied by growth in river traffic of containers to Rouen and the Ile-de France region, materialising the development of mass supply chains in the nearby hinterland.

'Our good results on full container flows and on containers bound for the hinterland represent the true indicator of activity,' said HAROPA managing director Herve Martel.

'Associated with current and planned logistics investments along the Seine corridor, these results confirmed and increased the weight of the sector in the regional and national economy,' he said.

Regular rail and river services were introduced by HAROPA in 2018, among which included the Bollore Logistics river shuttle service linking Le Havre, Rouen, Gennevilliers and Bonneuil-sur-Marne upstream of Paris in March.

In September, a rail service linking Le Havre and French-speaking Switzerland was launched in partnership with the port of Marseille-Fos and Naviland Cargo.

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