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Le Havre: Hub port for Western Europe

PhotoThe port of Le Havre hosted three enormous container shipping lines in the same week in December. Le Havre received, on their maiden calls, the new containerships: Mars owned by China Shipping Container Line, Nevada owned by CMA CGM and Beryl owned by MSC.

With two departures a day to Asia, (including at least one served by a giant vessel) provided by 19 shipping companies, the port of Le Havre offers 30 shipping services making it possible to connect 71 Asian ports (including 22 to Greater China, 3 to South Korea, 3 to Vietnam, to the port of Singapore, 1 to Malaysia, 6 to Japan, 8 to India. It thus provides the best transit-times of the market inbound and outbound, which makes it possible for Le Havre to carry out 60% of its trade with this region in the world.

Meanwhile, about 110 services of weekly river and rail multimodal solutions provide efficient networking to the hinterland and distribution of goods coming from or going to Asia. In the port of Le Havre, combined river trade share is continuously increasing, while exceeding 10% in 2011 (which means a 15% rise against 2010). This share reached 20% for trades connected with the Paris area; ten platforms are thus connected with the port of Le Havre, by six river combined transport operators.

Rail transport supply is provided by three operators of combined transport. To Lyons, there are, for example, 8 weekly shipping services or 3 more to Ludwigshafen, in Germany.

Since the implementation of the port reform eight months ago, shipping lines have recorded a 15 to 20% gain in productivity. In addition, the recent investment of TNMSC confirms the confidence of private companies in the growth of the Port of Le Havre.

The development of the new Port 2000 terminal in Le Havre shows the will of MSC, the world’s second biggest shipping line, in partnership with Terminaux de Normandie cargo-handling operator (Perrigault Group) in SETO and TNMSC companies decided to invest to make the port of Le Havre one of the major port platforms in Western Europe (€160 million investment by TNMSC/SETO).

Located in the west of Port 2000, the new TNMSC terminal will extend along 1,400 metres of quay. In early 2012, the first containers could be handled there. Like the Port 2000 terminals already in operation, this new extension will provide MSC with installations suited for the operation of the giants of the seas calling at Le Havre without tidal constraints.

In 2011, the port of Le Havre received 230 calls of giant vessels on the Europe-Asia trade, thus doubling the number against the year 2010; Le Havre is thus the choice port for top world shipping lines.

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