HAROPA ports celebrate 2.4% throughput growth

HAROPA has announced that 2015 was a year of positive growth and has promised that there are new developments taking place in 2016.

It posted an increase of its sea traffic higher than the economic growth in France and Europe, and reported a 2.4% increase in throughput.

Liquid bulks benefitted from favourable economic conditions and increased by 5.7%, while dry bulks also increased by 4.1% as traffic reaches the highest levels since 2010.

As well as this the company reported container traffic as stable in TEU and business in the Ro-Ro terminals increased by 7%.

Last year the total addition of investments made by companies at the three ports amounted to €350m. 2016 is expected to see over €400m with bigger investments such as those from Beuzelin and Tessenderlo in Rouen, and SEGRO and DSV in the Port of Gennevilliers.

As a whole, it is reported that more than €500m of public and private investments will be put into the economy in 2016 via the three ports of HAROPA.

Following the opening of the Longueil-Sainte-Marie terminal last year, ten inland terminals are now served reaching five regions with 38 weekly scheduled services.

These projects are also positive for HAROPA as they offer quick settlement opportunities within the marketplace and allow its partner ports to continue their work as developers offering dozens of hectares of space.

HAROPA has vowed to carry on improving in the next year, and strengthening its role as a ‘major stakeholder’ for the development of territories and for the competitiveness of France.