The Port of Le Havre plans to build a new multimodal terminal that will act as a transfer platform for the transshipment of containers and trailers between rail and barge.
The port said the new terminal will require an investment of $182 million and should be operational by 2013 with a capacity of handling 200,000 intermodal transport units a year at the start, and up to 300,000 a year as it moves into full operation.
The new terminal will handle a significant portion of the river cargo shuttled between Rouen and Le Havre, including the cargo moving in an out of Port 2000, the Port of Le Havre’s expanded container port.
The Port of Le Havre Authority said the new terminal is designed to meet demand from shipping lines and logistics companies to reduce cost and speed supply chains by encouraging the shift from road to water and rail transport.
"The investment will help develop consolidated rail and river traffic throughout the hinterland of Le Havre, including access to the Ile de France region, primarily for river freight but also for rail freight," the port’s Deputy Director of Operations Christian Feuvre said.
The terminal will handle 15 to 25 percent of the cargo moving in and out of the port by 2020 and eliminate 500,000 metric tons of carbon emissions a year by spurring the shift to rail and barge transport.
"The multimodal platform is like a large station - a combination of rail and water modes - through which passes every type of equipment, from containers, to tanks and swap bodies. It is the site for consolidation between the port shuttle (which connects the multimodal terminal and the port terminals) and the trains or barges, which convey the goods to their final destination," said Charles Masse, CEO of the Le Havre Terminal Trimodal Investment Company, which will construct the terminal.
The multimodal terminal will be equipped with two 656-foot river berths, four or five gantry cranes, a rail yard with eight tracks to load and unload trains, electrified rail sidings that can handle mainline trains, and a storage area. The terminal can handle up to 500,000 ITU and includes a reserve capacity for long-term expansion up to 850,000 ITU.
The project will be financed by Le Havre Terminal Trimodal a group of stakeholders that includes the Port of Le Havre with a 49 percent stake, the Agricultural Bank of Normandy, 25.5 percent, Societe National de Chemin de Fer (the French national Railway Company), and Projenor, 25.5 percent.
The terminal will be operated by Le Havre Terminal Exploitation, which includes SNCF (the French National Railway Co.), CMA CGM and LogiSeine.
Subject to approvals, construction of the terminal is scheduled to start in March 2011 and be completed in the second half of 2013.
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