Innovative port solutions for the Greater Paris Development Plan

Catherine RIVOALLON,
Chair of the Board
of HAROPA - Ports of Paris

Vice-Chair of HAROPA,
Managing Director
of HAROPA - Ports of Paris

With river traffic up 5%, a strong comeback of the tourism business and the boom in works related to the Greater Paris Development Plan, HAROPA - Ports of Paris continued its growth to serve its customers and the surrounding regions.

The ports of the region are proving their dynamism and pulling power: private investors (who have invested more than €40m) are developing logistics real estate projects in the ports. In Gennevilliers for example, the real estate developer VAILOG has financed nearly 80,000 sq. m of new-generation warehouses, occupied by majors such as TNT and IKEA France. These investments are proof that port, inland waterway and multimodal dynamics are emerging among logistics and e-commerce players as a sustainable and essential economic alternative for the Greater Paris Development Plan.

The stakeholders in the building and civil engineering sectors (+16%) and re-purposed products are choosing waterways to meet the challenge of the colossal work-site of the Grand Paris Express. It is the result of an effective partnership with HAROPA - Ports of Paris, as a provider of virtuous logistics solutions for the supply, evacuation and recycling of building materials.

To allow this economic development yet safeguard the city and its inhabitants, in 2017 HAROPA - Ports of Paris signed with Paris City Hall, the stakeholders in the construction and civil engineering sector (UNICEM, Point P, Raboni) and recoverable products (FNADE and FEDEREC), a Port Improvement Charter designed to ensure a better urban integration of ports, in connection with their various industrial and recreational uses. Conscious that discussions with local and regional authorities and their inhabitants is today a condition sine qua non for the development of alternative modes of transport and port activities, HAROPA - Ports of Paris wishes, as part of its CSR policy, to become the exemplary Port of tomorrow.