HAROPA Major high points of the year 2016

New shipping and rail services, 1st environmental trophy of the river fleet, christening of the vessel MSC-SVEVA, 1st LNG refuelling in a French port, 1st French port hackathon, record shipment of gas-oil...: let’s have a look at the great HAROPA events of the year 2016.


A new direct shipping service to Martinique
9 January
StreamLines provided a new round trip of the “BLUE STREAM” service. Out of Radicatel Terminal, five new destinations are now served, of which Martinique with competitive transit times.


1st swinging of a capesize vessel at Hautot-sur-Seine
19 February
HAROPA-Port of Rouen equipped with an enlarged swinging area, able to accommodate ever larger ships. The completion of this large-scale worksite is marked by the turning of the 1st capesize at Hautot-sur-Seine.


1st Environmental Trophy of the river fleet
22 March
HAROPA - Ports of Paris launched the environmental trophy of the river fleet which rewarded the higher-performance cargo and passenger ships as regards the environment.

Logistics: our private partners are investing
22 March 
In 2016, more than €300 million of private investments show the partners’ confidence in the development along the river Seine corridor: inauguration of a silo at Beuzelin in Rouen, construction of warehouses and of DSV head offices in the Ile-de-France region, construction / delivery of warehouses for Prologis, Bolloré Logistics, AEW and Panhard in Le Havre and Rouen, agreements signed with Vailog and Virtuo in Bonneuil and Gennevilliers…


Results of the first six months of consultation for the ‘Port Seine-Métropole Ouest’ project (PSMO – Seine-West Port Project)
2 April
The year 2016 will have been rich for the PSMO project. Since the guide-map provided at the beginning of the year, the elected people, associations, companies, individuals have participated into the enrichment of the project and to the real optimization of its integration into the local area. 

Laying of the foundation stone for the « Chapelle International » logistics centre
15 April
The City of Paris, Sogaris, the ‘Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations’ (French Deposits and Loans Fund) and HAROPA - Ports of Paris, celebrated the laying of the foundation stone for the multimodal logistics centre of Chapelle International.

  • MAY

For the 1st time in France, a cruise ship is refuelled with LNG
23 May
For the 1st time in France, HAROPA - Port of Le Havre experienced a bunkering operation with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) during the call in Le Havre of the AIDAprima, the flagship of the cruise company AIDA Cruises, the leader in Germany.

A new shortsea service Rouen <-> Morocco
24 May
The CMA-CGM group announced the start of a new weekly shipping service from the port of Rouen to Morocco.

  • JUNE

After the flood peak: mobilization for resuming port business
6 June
The exceptional situation of the floods of the rivers Seine, Marne, Yonne and Loing impacted river and port business. When the water level dropped, HAROPA - Ports of Paris mobilized to facilitate resumption of the activity in complete safety.

  • JULY

New Ro-Ro and Conventional service for GRIMALDI Lines
1st June
GRIMALDI Lines launched a weekly shortsea and Conventional Roll-On/Roll-Off service out of HAROPA – Port of Le Havre. The new service « EURO AEGEAN », dedicated to the transport of new and second-hand vehicles and to static loads, is operated by 5 vessels.

Marketing of a weekly service with the South Pacific
5 July
The Singaporean shipping line Pacific International Lines (PIL) marketed a weekly containerised service (20’/40’/40’HC and reefer) from HAROPA - Port of Le Havre and bound for the South Pacific.

HAROPA - Port of Le Havre, 1st European port in 3D and in real time
12 July
HAROPA - Port of Le Havre can be displayed in 3D owing to the upgrade of its S-WiNG© software. It provides the opportunity for professionals and the general public to dive virtually into the environment of the port and enter the core of its business.

MSC chose Le Havre to christen their new containership, the MSC SVEVA
20 July
MSC Shipping Line celebrated in Le Havre the christening of one of the biggest containerships in the world (in number of TEU): the MSC SVEVA.


4th Trophy « Best Green Shipping Line HAROPA – ESI 2015 »
8 September
HAROPA reaffirmed its backing to the shipping companies which commit themselves in favour of the environment. Being forerunners as regards sustainable development and mitigation measures, the three ports of the Seine corridor awarded the trophy ”Best Green Shipping Line HAROPA - ESI 2015”.

Tessenderlo built a fertilizers’ plant in Grand-Quevilly
26 September
The Belgian groupe Tessenderlo announced the construction of a production plant for liquid fertilizers in Grand-Quevilly which will be operational in July 2017. The selection of Rouen is explained both by the skills of the regional chemical centre and the installations and infrastructure of HAROPA - Port of Rouen.


”Regenerating the river Seine”: 174 outstanding candidatures20 OctoberThe call for tenders “Regenerating the river Seine » which makes it possible to reinvent new ways of living, working, move on and alongside the water, passed a new step: 174 candidatures were officially placed. www.reinventerlaseine.fr


Launching of the first French port hackathon
18/19 November
HAROPA organised the 1st French port hackathon about the topic of the Smart Port Seine Valley in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Seine Estuary, SOGET and the National Merchant Naval Academy (ENSM). 

Opening of the biggest VNG station in France at Bonneuil /Marne
24 November
After Gennevilliers in 2012, the port of Bonneuil/Marne started operation of a new facility of supply of natural gas for heavy trucks.   


Rubis Terminal received a record shipment of gas-oil
5 December
For the first time in its history, Rubis Terminal, the independent European leader in storage of oil products, chemicals, foodstuff products and fertilizers, received a liquid bulk tanker, the Flagship Privet, with a shipment of 50,000 tonnes of gas-oil and with a draught of 11.40 m (fresh water) that have never been reached so far.

New connection Le Havre <-> Vierzon
8 December
The 1st anniversary of the railway connection Le Havre – Vierzon provided an opportunity for the Ferovergne Group to announce the launching of a third service with HAROPA.

Extension of the port of Limay Porcheville: completion of the 1st stage of consultation and dialogue
20 December
After two months’ consultation and six public meetings, HAROPA – Ports of Paris closed the first part. On 6 December, during the reporting meeting, Régine BREHIER, Executive Director of HAROPA - Ports of Paris, then thanked the participants for their contributions and reminded the high points of this consultation.


HAROPA, the 5th largest port complex in Northern Europe, is a joint venture between the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris. It is connected to every continent owing to a first-rate international shipping offer (linking 600 ports worldwide). It serves a vast hinterland whose core is in the Seine valley and the Paris region forming the biggest French consumer market area. With around 10 Normandy and Paris area partner ports, the "one-stop" hub now forms in France a global transport and logistics system, capable of providing a comprehensive end-to-end service. HAROPA handles over 120 million tons of cargo by sea and waterway each year. HAROPA business represents 160,000 jobs.

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