The Marseille Fos port authority (GPM de Marseille) is planning a major extension of facilities for empty containers and haulage contractors following ‘saturation’ demand due to mounting box throughput
Container traffic reached 1.4M TEU in 2017 and is on target for 1.5M TEU in 2018. Storage, repair, maintenance and cleaning of empty containers is currently based in a 21-ha port services zone, which also provides parking and amenities for trucks and trailers.
To ensure capacity for future volume growth, a second service zone is now planned by 2020, with 28-ha in the ZIP (zone industrielle portuaire) devoted to empty containers and 20-ha supporting haulage and intermodal road/rail activities.
A consultation process on the initiative has been launched with a public meeting as the GPM wants to minimise the impact of traffic growth on local roads. Apart from supporting intermodal development, the service zone works will incorporate improved access to the container terminals.
Separately, Marseille-headquartered Medports, an international association of ports founded earlier this year by 20 Mediterranean port authorities*, has set out a 2019 activity roadmap including the adoption of common key performance indicators and a ‘single window’ cargo community system.
Other objectives include the extension of on-shore power supply for ships, a common training programme to be developed by members’ training institutes and the launch of an association website next spring to enhance the ports’ international visibility.
Strangely, GPM de Marseille has not commented on Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s remark that ports on the Rhône/ Saône system should form a GIE (economic interest group) by the middle of next year. GPM de Marseille effectively leads the existing Medlink Ports grouping, but the river ports in that are not exactly the same as the ones Philippe says should be in the GIE.
Philippe, who was speaking at the CIMER meeting hosted by GPM de Dunkerque in November, also said that the HAROPA GIE must become a single GPM by January 2021! There is more on this in the December 2018 edition of WorldCargo News. Le Havre is strategically important for oil imports and Rouen is Europe’s most important grain export port, while Port of Paris installations are a major decongestant for aggregates and container traffic in the Ile de France.
* Algeciras, Arzew, Barcelona, Bastia, Bejaia, Beirut, Civitavecchia, Damietta, Luka Koper, Malta Freeport, Marseilles Fos, OMMP Tunisia, Puertos del Estado, Skikda, Tanger Med, Serport Algeria, Tarragona, Toulon, Valencia and Venice.