Wider vision for Medlink Ports
The new 2017 chair of Medlink Ports, Christine Cabau Woehrel, has called for a united approach marketing hinterland rail and waterways connections.
Speaking at her appointment ceremony, Ms Cabau Woehrel who is CEO of Marseille Fos outlined her vision to enhance the partnership by offering shippers ‘a multimodal palette’ of logistics solutions. Suggesting this would increase efficiency and boost national and international visibility.
She also proposed forming a consultative strategic body with State and regional authorities to activate a 2016 government report on the benefits and competitiveness of the Med-Rhone-Saone axis.
The Medlink Ports association was formed in 2015 between Mediterranean ports Marseille Fos and Sete, waterways authority Voies Navigables de France, Compagnie Nationale du Rhone and the river ports of Lyon, Chalon-sur-Saone, Macon, Pagny, Villefranche-sur-Saone, Vienne Sud, Avignon le Pontet and Arles.
Since then a further 18 members have joined including river operators, stevedoring companies and regular shippers.
Last year traffic reached 103m tonnes to make Medlink the leading river-port trade group in France.
Ms Cabau Woehrel underlined the port’s key hinterland role, she noted that Marseille Fos was working to increase its current 55% share of the region’s exports.
Three rail and three river services per day, as well as road links, can offer Lyon shippers a natural gateway to the 158 countries served by the port. She concluded that transit times to Asia could be cut by up to five days compared with shipping from northern Europe.
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