29 September 13

Marseille remains cautiously optimistic

27 Sep 2013

Marseille Fos has recaptured much of the box traffic lost to strikes in 2012 Despite the fact that box traffic at Marseille was up 6% in the first six months, Arnaud Ranjard, director of development at Marseille Fos, suggests that the year-end figure will be around plus 2%, the more modest figure being a reflection of the economic uncertainty of the European economy. In 2012, box traffic rose by 13% to 1.062m teu, although much of this was the recapturing of former traffic lost because of strikes in 2011.Port reform has made Marseille more attractive for box traffic, he adds, noting that Fos now has two large container terminals: Eurofos and Seayard. The former now belongs to DP World/CMA CGM & CMH (China Merchant Holding), while the latter is a APM Terminals/TIL (MSC subsidiary)/Cosco joint venture. “We now have big international players in the port, offering international standards of productivity,” he says. Marseille also has major development potential as a European gateway port, he says, given better connections with the north than either Genova or Barcelona thanks to its strength in barge connections along the Rhône and Saône rivers, while burgeoning rail connections make it even more attractive. “We could now handle 2.5m teu without any problem at all, because of existing infrastructure at 2XL.”

Source: PortStrategy