The port, a stakeholder in environmental and innovation issues

Innovation at work

HAROPA - Port of Le Havre has chosen to adopt the SmartPort and Greenport concepts. Far from simply being theoretical intentions, a number of projects were launched or finalized in 2017.

Smart port

Création 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 Managing Director of the French Customs Authorities

As part of the TRAFIS programme, in 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. 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 Competitiveness Cluster TES (Secure Economic Transactions), 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.

S-Wing 2 online

The new version of the Port of Le Havre one-stop shop has been put online. Now accessible to tablets and smart-phones, S-WING allows everyone to view ship movements in 3D and in real time. Each user can thus consult in one click the information related to each ship present in the zone. Information from the last two weeks is also available in replay.

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 Le Havre urban area through innovation, of national and international scope and 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.

Green port

European deployment of LNG in ports

The SAFE SECA project and study, launched in 2015, focusing on fuelling using low-emission fuels has paid off. Several on-going projects are directly derived from the recommendations of the study; since May 2016, the cruise liner AidaPrima is the 1st to be refuelled with LNG, every week in Le Havre, to produce electricity the ship needs when at quay.

  • The current "SamueLNG" project is designed to equip the Samuel de Champlin dredger (which operates 40% of its time on the ports of Le Havre and Rouen) with an LNG engine.
  • At the end of 2017, CMA-CGM and Total signed an agreement so that the filling with LNG of the 18,000 m³ of the tanks of the future CMA-CGM container ships will be via fuel replenishment tankers. HAROPA - Port of Le Havre has backed their initiative.

In the summer of 2017, the Port proceeded with the hydrogen refuelling of theEnergy Observer, the former racing catamaran converted into an experimental and expedition vessel running on renewable energies, during its port call in Le Havre.

ESI : "Clean" port calls 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

Environmental Action Plan

In 2017, the port of Le Havre defined an environmental action plan based on an environmental analysis of all its activities carried out in 2016 - 2017. This action plan is part of a global initiative to improve environmental performance and help minimize the impact of activities in the Port of Le Havre. It includes some forty programmes on themes such as air and water quality, environmental management, and waste reduction.

Management of natural areas

A vegetation management and control plan covering the entire Port Industrial Zone was approved in September 2017 in order to reduce the use of phytosanitary products in green spaces managed by the Port of Le Havre.
To enhance these green spaces, the Port is renewing the honey production initiative. The 5 hives managed by the Les ateliers des Hauts association produced 75 kilos of honey in 2017.
Eco-grazing was also implemented using the environmental measures of the Pont de Normandie 2 Logistics Park.

Decrease in consumption and waste production

A 3-year mobility plan was signed at the end of 2017 to reduce the kilometres travelled by our employees. The port also produces, as it does every year, its greenhouse gas (GHG) balance sheet with the objective of an average decrease of 2% per year compared with 2008 emissions by 2030. With about 14,000 t. eq./CO2 in 2017, the objectives were achieved for the year.
In addition to the definition at the end of 2017 of a waste reduction plan, HAROPA - Port of Le Havre is continuing to raise awareness among its employees about environmental issues: since November, a system called CANIBAL has been installed in its premises to recycle bottles. plastic, cans and cups. These sorting gestures have been very successful with around 400 kg of CO2 saved since the installation of CANIBAL in November 2017.