The port, a partner for each sector

A historic year

In 2017, HAROPA - Port of Le Havre posted one of the best growth rates on the North range with an increase in traffic of 10% on all the seaborne transport including more than 13% on container traffic. The excellent results reflect the importance of the port in the development of the various sectors with which it is a partner.

Containers: a record year

+ 13.5%
compared with 2016

This good result greatly contributed to the crossing of the 3 million TEU milestone for HAROPA, and Le Havre has kept its 5th place among the ports of Northern Europe.

20,170 EVP :

That was the capacity of the Japanese container ship MOL Triumph when she made her first port call to Le Havre in May. She was the 1st ship to pass the symbolic 20,000 TEU mark. That berthing ability allows HAROPA - Port of Le Havre to intensify its links with Asia and, in particular, with the ports of northern China.

Traffic between HAROPA - Port of Le Havre and Iran also resumed in April with the new shipping services by HDASCO, the Iranian national company specialized in container transport.


"Port 2000 was designed to berth the super-ships of today and tomorrow, 24/7, without any tidal or draught constraints. That asset is crucial for Le Havre.""
Baptiste Maurand, deputy Managing Director of the port of Le Havre

Ro-Ro: 370,000 vehicles, a new record

20% growth
compared with 2016, i.e. 370,000 vehicles.
This result means Le Havre remains the #1 ro-ro terminal in France.
Neptune Lines, a Greek specialist in vehicle transport in Northern Europe, opened a new weekly ro-ro service in April. The Neptune Dynamis connects Santander, Le Havre, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Bulk: up

Bulk liquids

+ 6.6% at 40Mt

This good result is due, in part, to the growth in crude oil (+18% to 27.6 Mt) and +13.2% for other liquid bulk (excluding oil). In contrast, refined petroleum products declined 10% to 10Mt.

Solid bulk

+ 18.5%
for a total of 2.2Mt

These figures are driven by strong growth of 33.4% in coal traffic (1.2 Mt). Equally noteworthy was the significant increase in aggregates of 16.3% (to 0.86 Mt).

Wines and Spirits: #1 port worldwide

More than one billion of bottles

More than a billion bottles of wine and spirits pass through HAROPA - Port of Le Havre each year, 90% of which are exported and 10% imported. The port was present at the 2017 edition of Vinexpo-Bordeaux - the global gathering of the wine market - in the "Expert area" and at several conferences.

Tourism / passengers : a leap forward

386,607 passengers

386,607 passengers (+16%) landed in Le Havre during 129 port calls (vs. 118). The port continues to see the number of visits on the cruise ship market increase. 2017 was also marked by the 1st port call on June 2 of the brand new MSC Meraviglia, the largest liner in Europe, built in Saint-Nazaire.
The renovated and modernized ferry terminal station (Brittany Ferries) was inaugurated in May.

Multimodality: structural measures in 2017

145,000 containers

The Multimodal Terminal in the Port of Le Havre.

In 2017, all the operators of the railway and river terminals operating on the Port of Le Havre moved to the multimodal terminal which processed 145,000 TEUs over the year (3,000 TEUs / week), making it an efficient tool to serve mass-scale modes of transport.

Consultation on inland waterway access to Port 2000

The public consultation on the improvement of inland waterway access to Port 2000 was the subject of five public meetings, which brought together 313 people, some 60 interventions and gave rise to 400 comments or opinions, all media combined. It was completed on 19 January 2018 and Marianne Azario, the guarantor appointed by the National Commission for Public Debate, handed in her report on 16 February 2018.

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