Marseille, France (PortSEurope) January 6, 2018 – The concerted efforts of the two major French seaports have made it possible to achieve and implement a project expected by the logistics and transport professionals for a long time.
The port of Marseille Fos, HAROPA (alliance of the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris), working with the operator French combined transport Naviland Cargo, will launch in mid-March 2018 a new rail shuttle that will connect three times a week, each of the two French ports at the Chavornay terminal, located near Lausanne in French-speaking Switzerland.
These new connections will connect from Marseille Fos and Le Havre directly via the Dijon-Gevrey terminal in Burgundy with Chavornay.
Linking the ports will spur the development of their hinterlands and also fits in with government policy expressed by the Prime Minister, Mr. Edouard Philippe, in his speech at the Assises de la Mer last November, where he emphasised the vocation of the ports of Marseille Fos and Le Havre to extend their zone of influence beyond their current hinterland, beyond the borders of our country, in particular.
The potential of the Swiss container market is estimated at 350,000 to 400,000 TEUs annually. Today, only a marginal portion of this traffic passes through French ports. The commissioning of this shuttle is expected to capture a significant portion of this traffic.
For the Marseille port, the implementation of this shuttle is a follow-up, in particular, to the strong commitment that Marseille port has made with the L’Union Maritime et Fluviale de Marseille-Fos (UMF) to extend, from Fos to Switzerland, the European North Sea-Mediterranean rail corridor. Thanks to the rail connection with Marseille and Fos, goods from and to Switzerland will see reduced transit times to markets in the Mediterranean and east of the Suez Canal.
The use of the rail mode will also limit the carbon footprint of these cargo transports, and to reduce the burden of European road transport routes to Switzerland by proposing the capacity replacement equivalent of 12,000 trucks a year.
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