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HAROPA Reports increased hinterland traffic

HAROPA sea ports (Le Havre, Rouen) posted their best H1 hinterland container numbers for five years in H1 2018, with more than 1M TEU, including a 12.6% increase to 76,000 TEU in container barge traffic to/from Port of Paris, HAROPA’s third member. Rouen has just received its first call from a vessel arriving from Asia via the Northern Sea route

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The barge numbers were stimulated by a new service from Bolloré Logistics between Bonneuil-sur-Marne and Le Havre.


Le Havre posted a good year in terms of container transhipment last year, but the H1 2018 figure has not been reported.


In April THE Alliance made Le Havre the first continental call in its FE2 service from Asia. In August, the MacAndrews connection between Rouen and West Africa over Algeciras was replaced with an improved service. This has a feeder connection between Rouen and Le Havre that connects directly with CMA CGM’s WAC service from Le Havre. Le Havre is also first call inbound on CMA CGM’s service connecting Northern Europe with the USEC, Gulf and Mexico.

The landbridge and Swiss o/d link over a terminal in Burgundy was supposed to start in March
The landbridge and Swiss o/d link over a terminal in Burgundy was supposed to start in March

The ro-ro terminal in Le Havre processed 157,000 vehicles in H1 2018, 2% up year-on-year. MSC launched a ro-ro service in February connecting the port with West Africa twice a month.


This month sees the start of a new intermodal rail connection between French-speaking Switzerland, over Dijon-Gevrey in Burgundy, and the ports of Le Havre and Marseille Fos. This new landbridge and Swiss o/d service was fully reported in the February 2018 edition of WorldCargo News. It was supposed to start in March.


  • On 6th September, TIAN EN, a heavy transport vessel belonging to COSCO Shipping, became the first vessel to call a HAROPA sea port having sailed the Arctic route from Asia. The ice-class ship made its maiden voyage transporting wind power equipment from Lianyunggang to the Port of Rouen’s downstream terminal at Radicatel, where the shipment, comprising 63 pieces weighing up to 70 tons and including 21 53m long turbine blades, was offloaded by RMS Manutention, a Katoen Natie affiliate. The transport was organised by the project cargo department of French port logistics and shipping group Sealogis.
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