Marseille: Strategic call for Arkas

Arkas Line’s first vessel to call at Fos - L’Arcangelo Arkas Line’s first vessel to call at Fos - L’Arcangelo

Marseille Fos Port Authority is set to benefit from a new call created by the extended Aegean-Spain weekly container service operated by Turkey’s Arkas Line.

The extended service now offers a direct link to Greece, Turkey and the Black Sea negating the need for Arkas customers to ship via Barcelona.

Marseille Fos says that the new call will be a key factor in increasing its share of French export traffic to the region.

The first call at Fos was made this week by L’Arcangelo – one of three 1,400 teu vessels assigned to the route by Arkas, represented in Marseilles by SMI.

The new extended route is complimented by a transhipment network from Istanbul covering ten ports in the Black Sea and the eastern Mediterranean.

Growth is high up on the agenda for Fos, the port authority is: "highly focused on expanding container facilities and supporting logistics parks", a port spokesman said to Port Strategy. The latest expansion is a multimodal park in the Feuillane area of the port-industrial zone.

Two new terminals built under the Fos 2XL project became fully operational in March and will double the port’s current container capacity to 2m teu annually.

Further expansion is also in the pipeline – the Fos 4XL project is due for realisation in 2018 in partnership with Hutchison Port Holdings.

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