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Marseilles and Strasbourg join forces on multimodal north-south axis

The Marseilles and Strasbourg port authorities have entered a partnership agreement to strengthen the multimodal offer of sea, river and rail links serving the hinterland of France’s north-south axis

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Marseilles and Strasbourg join forces on multimodal north-south axis


Signed on 4th February, the agreement has four core objectives:

  • the development of rail traffic
  • cooperation on best practices and operational strategy
  • commercial promotion through joint events and shared market intelligence
  • research and innovation on issues such as port fluidity, supply chain performance and environmental initiatives

The network of long distance rail and river services, with very competitive transit times, is key to Marseille Fos’s ‘southern gateway to Europe’ positioning as an alternative to ports in the northern range.


Strasbourg - spread along 100km of river front on the northern Rhine - is the second largest river port in France with average annual traffic of 8 Mt, including container throughput of more than 420,000 TEU ((road, river and rail includes double-counting). The port authority initiated the Upper Rhine Ports federation of nine hubs in France, Germany and Switzerland.


Marseille Fos CEO Christine Cabau Woehrel and Strasbourg managing director Jean-Louis Jerome signed the agreement at the end of a roadshow in Strasbourg attended by more than 100 current and potential clients from the Grand Est region. In addition to presentations by the ports, multimodal operator Naviland Cargo outlined its rail shuttle service linking the two ports five times per week.

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