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Growth in traffic

2017, une year record

With an increase in total seaborne traffic of more than 6%, HAROPA posted the best growth among the ports on the North European range for 2017. The results were good for almost every sector and all-time records were broken especially in containers, ro-ro and cruises.

Containers - Logistics

The highest growth on the northern European range

With traffic up by 15% in tonnage (29 Mt) and 14% in TEU, 2017 can be considered exceptional: for the first time in its history, HAROPA reached 3 million TEU for imports and exports, and hinterland traffic exceeded 2 million TEU (+7%). Transshipment, up 39%, also reached a historical level.

The increase can be partly explained by the proliferation of new services in ship-owning alliances, the development of the network of dedicated commercial feeder services, but also by the growing capacity of Port 2000 to welcome super-ships, partly thanks to the development of its logistics and multimodal offerings.
These results enabled HAROPA to consolidate its position within the ports of the North-European range: over the last 7 years, its weight rose from 5.86% in 2011 to nearly 7% in 2017. In terms of inland waterway container traffic in Ile-de-France (+0.4% to 161,887 TEUs), growth was mainly driven by the strong increase in Franprix urban logistics traffic (+14%).


The 300,000 vehicle milestone crossed

+ 18%
The activity of the ro-ro terminal was at its highest, up 18% with 370,000 vehicles handled in Le Havre. The surface area of the site today represents more than 100 hectares and extensions are under study.

Note: the ro-ro short-sea line created in 2016 by the Grimaldi shipping line diversified in September 2017 with imports of vehicles from Italy.

The ro-ro terminal in Le Havre published its first performance indicators based on the study of measurement tools created by professionals in the sector.

Bulk cargo

Good results despite the poor grain harvest

Liquid bulk

+ 5%

Bulk liquid traffic increased 5% in tonnage to almost 50 Mt. In contrast to 2016, all the refineries operated at full capacity, resulting in a significant increase in traffic (+18% compared with 2016 - a complex year for the sector - and +12.2% against 2015 figures). However, there was a decline in the imports of refined products (-10%), local supply by the refineries on the Seine corridor operating at full load in 2017.
Overall, the chemicals market in France had a very good year. Against this background, chemical production posted a 3.8% volume increase over the first nine months of 2017 compared with the same period of 2016.

Solid bulk

+ 5.6 Mt

Solid bulk traffic grew - apart from grain - by 15% in 2017 (5.6 Mt). Including grain, the "solid bulk" sector posted a decrease of 4.2% (11.1 Mt). Trade in agro-industrial products remained stable overall (-0.3% to 1.33 Mt), thanks in particular to the restart of sugar exports linked to the abolition of European quotas in October 2017. Seaborne and river-borne traffic in construction materials (respectively +19% and +14%) were boosted by the buoyancy of the building and civil engineering industry in connection with the start of construction sites in the Greater Paris Development Plan. River traffic in the Paris region for saleable products related to these projects alone represented traffic of 5.9 Mt, a slight decrease after a record year in 2016. Fertilizers, meanwhile, saw a slight decline of 2% (2.1 Mt) despite an increase in traffic of 13.5% for solid fertilizers.


New records for cruises

+ 20%

20% for sea cruises and 470,000 passengers with very good prospects.
+22% for excursion cruises in Paris (7.5 million passengers).
To these very good results can be added +2.2% for river cruises with accommodation and a growth target of 50% within five years. In order to optimize that progress, in 2017 in partnership with VNF, HAROPA finalized a master plan for the next ten years.

of wealth generated* / year and 64,100 ** direct jobs

The French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) and HAROPA have published an estimate of the jobs and wealth generated by river ports in Île-de-France: by combining all the data produced by INSEE, HAROPA ports account for some 64,100 direct jobs and for 6 billion euros of wealth generated per year.

All the data are accessible here

* Wealth generated: breakdown of the value added of companies between their various sites (2014 data)

** 2015 data