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HAROPA Makes 2018 Resolutions

French port alliance HAROPA has highlighted three priority action points for the business to continue working on in 2018.

Development of rail and river services, strengthening trade assistance for customers and innovation were the three priority areas identified by the organisation, which brings together the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris.

The alliance said that it would continue its work in these areas in 2018, according to customer expectations, in light of good overall results for 2017 and French government strategy.

Action points explained

Regarding the action points, the alliance firstly identified that, in a favourable environment connected to French state confirmation of a subsidy for combined transport, it will help to create new rail and river services in 2018 and, in particular, will set up a rail shuttle to Switzerland and a new inland river service from Le Havre to Bonneuil-sur-Marne in upstream Paris.

Secondly, the Port of Rouen is establishing a tariff programme to support trade in coherence with completion of its channel-deepening work – which will enable an increase in vessel size and shipment volume – with rates therefore being reduced by around 25% for big vessels.

The final action point for 2018 will see HAROPA continuing with its goal to be an increasingly environmentally-friendly green port, as well as being a smart port, at the cutting edge of digital technology to facilitate data exchange and achieve free flows of cargo transit.

Initiatives for the green port objective, HAROPA said, particularly concern the use of gas and electricity, instead of oil products, for vessels and trucks.

Regarding the smart port aim, 2017 saw the launch of a Scientific Interest Group, Trafis, by the company alongside French Customs, the University of Le Havre and SOGET (a Port Community System operator and a public-private partnership between the Port Community of Le Havre, the Port of Le Havre Authority and French Customs).

Trafis brings the four organisations together for the implementation of an applied research programme.

HAROPA noted that it will be subject to changes this year according to strengthened integration trends voiced by French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe.

Good figures

2017 was a record-breaking year for the alliance, which handled 3m teu across the year on import and export, saw its hinterland container traffic exceed the 2m teu mark time and transhipment increase by 39%.

The organisation also marked a 6% increase in overall seaborne trade and a hike of over 15% in container traffic.
Source: Port Strategy

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