Meeting the challenges of the Smart Port and Green Port

Combining innovation and environmental performance

Digitization of exchanges, modernization of industrial or local structures, increasing demands for environmental compliance, the search for new energy sources and sustainable solutions ... For several years, HAROPA has chosen to support and develop processes and experiments directly related to innovation and environmental compliance via the Smart Port and Green Port initiatives. There are many programmes and several were launched in 2017 on one or all of the HAROPA ports.


Creating the port of tomorrow

Faced with competition from other port communities, HAROPA is maintaining its position in terms of technological advances. In 2017, several initiatives related to digitization and new uses were developed.

Creation of Trafis Lab

The Trade Facilitation Intelligence & Smart Logistics Lab (Trafis), created in February 2017, is located in Le Havre. It is the first public-private research laboratory devoted to the facilitation of international trade, security, digital technology and artificial intelligence.
"The landscape in which world trade in goods takes place, and consequently in which Customs administrations must necessarily work, is complex and marked by highly differing expectations. Among them are those [...] of the market participants seeking increased fluidity of licit trade."
Jean-Michel Thillier,
Deputy Director General of French Customs

As part of the TRAFIS programme, on 22 December 2017, HAROPA and the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations signed an agreement to finance the creation of a TECHNOLOGY CENTRE. One of a kind, it will be a centre of expertise and experimentation dedicated to all operations related to the facilitation and securing of goods flows, including in an international context (optimization of storage, integration of artificial intelligence systems, traceability, management of intelligent digital systems, etc.). Its installation in Le Havre allows HAROPA - Port of Le Havre to keep as close as possible to the projects and experiments concerned. The latter will no doubt be tested on site, which will allow the port infrastructure of Le Havre to quickly propose new solutions and methods. A major competitive advantage vis-à-vis the other structures of the North range.

Smart Port Meet-up Le Havre: Competitive cluster

HAROPA - Port of Le Havre hosted its first Smart Port Meet-up on June 26 at the Seine Estuaire Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The holding of this event marked the beginning of a collective initiative: in June, HAROPA - Port of Le Havre, the Conurbation Community of Le Havre (CODAH), the Seine Estuary Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the TES (Secure Economic Transactions) competitive cluster, have signed a partnership agreement designed to develop Smart City issues and set up a TES sales office in Le Havre. The overall initiative allows HAROPA to integrate the port activity within the Normandy French Tech system.

Second edition of the Port hackathon

Organized by the HAROPA ports, Paris Seine Normandy (PSN*) and the Rouen Normandy National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), the Port hackathon was held on 17 and 18 November 2017 in Rouen with the support of the Rouen Port Confederation (UPR). The event, endorsed by Normandy French Tech, was held for 24 hours in the premises of the INSA, located in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.

The HAROPA Award was awarded to the "Clever Fret" project, an application capable of calculating the means of transporting goods the cleanest and fastest way between two points.
Saagie Award (Partner and Big Data Specialist): Smart Customs or how to simplify customs nomenclature.
Orange Award: : "Vis mon port" a concept of interactive terminals on port activity presented to the general public.

* Paris Seine Normandie (PSN) is the extension of the Greater Paris Development Plan in the Seine Valley to Le Havre, an initiative of the Ile-de-France and Normandy Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
HAROPA supports the Smart Port City initiative in Le Havre
The Smart Port initiative, backed by HAROPA - Port of Le Havre, developed in 2017 into Smart Port City. The project, backed by the Conurbation Community of Le Havre (CODAH) in conjunction with HAROPA and the University of Le Havre, provides for an in-depth transformation of the city of Le Havre, through innovation of national and international scale. It won the Call for Expressions of Interest of the PAI 3 Investments for the Future Program, "Highly ambitious innovation region". Many of the economic operators in Le Havre actors are taking action to prepare the 2nd phase in the selection process and be among the 10 regions to be endowed with €50 million of public funds.


In search of energy solutions

New fuels: gas, tomorrow's energy

Various projects tend to increase the use of LNG (liquefied natural gas) for shipping. HAROPA has taken part in several projects, including the switch to LNG of the Samuel de Champlain dredge (40% of its time is spent between Le Havre and Rouen). This work is taking place within the framework of the application of the European directive on the deployment of infrastructures for alternative fuels. This implies that Member States install in their ports a number of LNG refuelling points. HAROPA has also launched a study aimed at imagining future supply chains for LNG. Several on-going projects are the result of its recommendations. Since May 2016 the AidaPrima cruise liner is the 1st to be refuelled in LNG, each week in Le Havre, to produce its electric current when berthed.

GtL: the fuel for the energy transition of river-borne transport?

The use of GtL (Gas-to-Liquid) fuel is being tested for the river-borne transport of passengers. Obtained by processing natural gas, this form of the fuel pollutes less than the gasoil currently used. It can be used directly in diesel engines, contains very little traces of sulphur, is biodegradable, odourless, leaves chemical traces in the water and does not produce smoke.

ESI: "Clean" port calls calls rewarded

Inspired by the ESI initiative, in 2016 HAROPA launched its Environmental awards for river fleets. On 29 November 2017 in Paris, at the RIVERDATING show, five merchant vessels and passenger ships judged to be the most efficient on the environmental front were rewarded.
In 2017, HAROPA rewarded 430 sea port calls, including 272 in Le Havre, during the 6th year of the application of environmental financial incentives based on the Environmental Ship Index (ESI). It was the best result since the launch of the initiative in 2012. The purpose of these measures is to favour the cleanest ro-ro and container ships in terms of atmospheric emissions, and they have now been extended to cruise lines. To date, 32 shipping companies and 3 cruise lines have formalized their involvement by signing the HAROPA ESI charter.