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2019 Traffic: Dunkerque Stays On Course

The port’s annual traffic reached 53 MT, up 3% from 2018 (51.6 MT). Over the past 5 years, growth in traffic has reached 22% (43.50 MT in 2013). In the container sector, the significant increase in volumes handled at Dunkerque-Port is also in line with the trend observed in recent years (450,000 TEU, + 7% / 2018 & + 54% / 2013).

• General cargo: almost stable at 20.1 MT. There was a downturn in Cross-Channel traffic (15 MT) as the market prepares for Brexit: the number of trucks and trailers decreased by 2% to 583,000 freight units while that of passenger cars stood at 579,000 vehicles (-16%). Passenger traffic dropped 11% to 2,341,000 travellers. Containers again posted a record year at 450,000 TEU, up 7%. The increase is due in particular to Dunkerque’s positioning as a transhipment hub . Break-bulk cargo posted good figures (1.2 MT, + 9%).

• Solid bulk was down 9% to stand at 23.5 MT. The economic downturn currently affecting the European steel industry is weighing on the ore and coal traffic which fell by 10% and 19% respectively to 13.3 MT and 5.3 MT. The coal sector is also undergoing the more structural effect of the drop in demand for steam coal. Boosted by a good start to the 2019/2020 campaign grain trading posted a significant increase of 43% at 2 MT. Traffic in “small” solid bulk fell 9% (2.9 MT)

• Liquid bulk rose very sharply by 71% to 9.4 MT, driven by a very high level of LNG trading. The new LNG terminal berthed 72 port calls over the full year representing a total traffic of 5.1 MT (+ 320%). Overall, gas traffic (LNG + industrial gas) posted a gain of 232% at 5.6 MT. Petroleum products were down 2% at 3.34 MT, while other liquid bulk posted growth of 4% to stand at 0.5 MT.

2019 was marked by the commissioning of the extension to the quai de Flandre in the West Port. The completion of the operation is a major step in the further development of the container sector in Dunkerque. Dunkerque-Port can now simultaneously berth two of the largest ships in the world fleet under optimal conditions. A shoreside electricity supply has been developed as the same time. It has been available since spring 2019. Dunkerque-Port is thus the first French port to provide users of a container terminal with a shoreside electricity supply. In 2019, Dunkerque-Port also finalized the work involved in separating the port rail network and the national rail network. Costing more than €18 million, the operation involved aligning the operating areas of the signal boxes at the border points of the two networks.

This means port rail installations can now be managed and modified without calling on the French Railway Board (SNCF). During the year, development work on the Dunkerque Logistics International South zone (DLI-South) and the Heavy Industries zone (ZGI) continued, as did the preparation of the industrial platform for SNF Floerger which is investing 60 million euros in the Dunkerque region, creating 100 jobs. In addition, Dunkerque-Port started to deploy its management plan for coastline protection with a sand refill of 1.2 Mm3, representing an investment of €3 million.

This major new operation to protect the coastline, carried out using a discharge line for the dredged sand acquired by the Port at the start of the year, will be regularly renewed with volumes of up to 2 M m3/year. In all, in 2019, Dunkerque-Port invested more than €42 million. In 2020, Dunkerque-Port will deploy an investment program of €37.7 million. The year will be devoted to the completion and handover of the major logistics and industrial platforms. It will also see the start of the first operations of the 2019-2023 Strategic Project, with in particular the launch of work on the new building intended to house the Border Police (PAF) and the United Kingdom Border Force (UKBF), and the creation of a new electrical substation in the West port. The studies for the CAP 2020 project will continue in the preproject phase.

The main investment operations carried out in 2019 were as follows:
• Completion of the extension works to the Flanders Quay (Container Terminal) – €8.2m
• Completion of the work on the separation of the port rail network and the national rail network: – €6m
• Continuation of the work in the Heavy Industries zone – €6m
• Continuation of the development work on the Dunkerque International Logistics South zone – €3.5m
• The first phase of development work in preparation for Brexit – €1.9m
• Preparation of the industrial platform for SNF – €1.5m
• installation of the power supply for ships at berth – €1.2m
• The creation of a new electrical substation – €1m
• Strengthening shoreline armouring – €1.1m

Dunkerque-Port also continued the studies for the CAP 2020 project representing €1.9m. To finance this investment program, Dunkerque-Port received support for more than €14.2m from its partners, including the European Union / ERDF (€2.6m), the French State (€4.9m), the Hauts-de-France Region (€1.9m), the Dunkerque Metropolitan Authority (€3.6m), the Water Board (€0.02m) and UKBF (€1.2m).

OUTLOOKS FOR 2020
The 2020 investment budget, approved by the Supervisory Board on 21 November 2019, amounted to €37.7 million. 2020 will be a milestone year. The year will be devoted to the completion and handover of the major logistics and industrial platforms.

• Completion of development work on the Heavy Industries zone: €4.55m • Completion of the development work on the Dunkerque International Logistics South area: €2.97m
• Construction of the approach roads to the SNF platform: €1.32m 2020 will also see the start of the first operations of the 2019-2023 Strategic Project:
• Creation of a new building to house the Border Police and the United Kingdom Border Force: €3.2m
• Creation of a new electrical substation in the West Port: €2m The studies for the CAP 2020 project will continue in the pre-project phase, representing an investment of €2.66m.

The Structural and Sustainable Development Plan (PA2D) 2.0 was updated in 2019, and now includes a Corporate Social Responsibility component after obtaining PERS (Port Environmental Review System) certification in 2018. The new version of PA2D 2.0, finalized early in 2020, will set the main environmental objectives for the port for the 2019-2023 period. In parallel, the Natural Heritage Master Plan (SDPN) will also be updated in 2020 as part of the CAP2020 project in order to consolidate the Green and Blue Belt network of the port. One of the major points of the update is the sanctuarisation of the zones for compensatory measures carried out so far by the port. Dunkerque-Port will continue its efforts to maintain the follow-on support for its assets, with a major maintenance programme on its facilities (wharves, locks, river structures and upgrading of buildings to standards).

To implement this investment programme, Dunkerque-Port will once again rely on the support of its partners, in particular the French government and the Hauts-de-France Regional Council within the framework of the State – Region 2015 – 2020 development contract, the European Union, the Dunkerque Metropolitan Authority, the Water Board and the UKBF.
Source: Port of Dunkirk

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