The new area able to provide secure parking for 225 HGVs will be managed for the port by DFDS. Meanwhile, another cold store is being built in the port’s logistic zone
The Port of Dunkirk has opened a new secure parking zone for trucks travelling to Dover at its ferry terminal at Loon-Plage. The zone occupies 3-ha and can accommodate 225 trucks, with facilities for drivers while they wait to board. It is managed for the port by DFDS, which has 12 crossings per day, each with a capacity for 110 HGVs, between Dunkirk and Dover.
The fenced terminal has full night hours lighting, and is equipped with thermal imaging and video surveillance cameras with 24/7 surveillance, supplemented by regular patrols, to deter clandestine migrants. Within the next few months, the port will also augment the access to the truck park with a 3-lane securitised buffer parking zone with a holding capacity of 200 trucks.
At the moment trucks often have to park up at motorway fuel stations or on roads inside the port, neither of which are secure and the road parking can interfere with other port traffic.
Although the port has not mentioned it, these new facilities could access as a buffer in the event of border delays post-Brexit.
Separately, a groundbreaking ceremony has been held for the new 24h FROST reefer and ambient depot located in the logistics zone of the West Port, the site of the existing DunFrost installations.
It was attended by Patrice Vergriete, Chairman of the Dunkirk Community, François Soulet de Brugière et Stéphane Raison, respectively chairmen of the port’s Supervisory and Management Baord, along with José Lamaire, representing 24 FROST, which will be operated by Flemish company Lamaire in Belgium.
Lamaire is one of Europe’s leading potato traders and recently built a plant to manufacture potato chips in Vleteren in Belgium with the brand I FRY. These are mainly destined for export shipment as frozen French fries in reefer containers and the new depot is close to the container terminal operated for the port by CMA CGM and the ferry terminals.
The new cold store will be 20m tall with a floor area of 6,000 m2 and can hold up to 10,600 pallets of frozen products.