HAROPA, an alliance of three ports on the Seine river, including Ports de Paris, Grand Port Maritime de Rouen and Grand Port Maritime du Havre, reported container traffic in the waterway increased 1 percent year-over-year in tonnage and 6 percent in units in 2012.
Total seaborne traffic in 2012 was 85.5 million metric tons, falling 9 percent from 93.9 million metric tons in 2011. However, yearly container volume was 23.7 million metric tons, rising 5 percent from 22.7 million metric tons. The ports also handled 2.4 million 20-foot-equivalent units in 2012, increasing 4 percent from 2.3 million TEUs in 2011.
Total waterway traffic in the Seine in 2012 was 32.3 million metric tons, a 3 percent increase from 2011. Container volume was 4.1 million metric tons, inching up 1 percent from the previous year. The ports also moved 450,000 TEUs in the waterway in 2012, up 6 percent from 425 TEUs in 2011.
The railway mode remained stable at a level of about 10,000 trains throughout 2012 for all three ports. Rail container traffic accounted for 5 percent of market share with 100,000 TEUs.