2016: the Port of Rouen
HAROPA - Port of Rouen experienced a relatively mixed year in 2016 in terms of traffic.
The first half was driven by the excellent grain crop for 2015-2016, which was around 9 million tonnes, and by the increase in the traffic in petroleum products. However, the
poor grain crop for 2016-2017, both in quantity and quality, affected the encouraging outlooks. Traffic in 2016 was just above 21 Mt, down 6.7% from the figure for 2015.
However, these results do not mean a loss of competitiveness, since HAROPA - Port of Rouen remains one of the most efficient ports in the world for grain and agro-industry.
Sign of the port’s attractiveness, several private projects came to fruition during the 2016 financial period. The Beuzelin group inaugurated a silo specialized in ˝fragile seeds˝.
Tessenderlo set up in Grand-Quevilly to produce a new liquid fertilizer for field crops. Also worth noting, Rubis Terminal has been chosen as the physical delivery point for the
futures market for nitrogen fertilizers. These private investments are the best sign that the port remains attractive and confirm the place of Rouen as the leading French hub for
2016 was also marked by the continuation of the programme to improve shipping lanes. One last job remains to be done, in addition to the maintenance dredging carried out by
the dredger Jean Ango. Our customers are eagerly awaiting the delivery of the deepened channel scheduled for the end of 2018.
In 2016, French ports were given special attention by the French government and parliament. First, with the report on the attractiveness of the ports of the Seine Corridor, written by Valerie Fourneyron and Charles Revet. Then, the CIMer (Inter-ministerial Committee of the Sea), in early November, was chaired by the then-Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who honoured the Supervisory Board with his presence a few days later. Several proposals resulting from parliamentary reports should allow French ports to gain in competitiveness.
2016 also resulted in the finalization of our Business Plan, which is the tangible implementation of our strategic plan. The involvement of everyone will be decisive so that together we can achieve the objectives we have set ourselves. We will have to make full use of our creativity and energy to try to catch up on the baseline scenario of the strategic plan as quickly as possible, which foresees 25 Mt of seaborne traffic in 2019.