• 2020 July 10 16:03

    Port of Marseille to maintain €57 million in investments to stimulate the recovery

    The Port of Marseille Fos is determined to support the port economy, undeterred by the exceptional global pandemic situation in H1 2020, which slowed the Port of Marseille Fos’ activity and resulted in a 15 % drop in traffic overall. To stimulate the recovery, the Port of Marseille Fos Supervisory Board has decided to maintain €57 million in investments and support its customers affected by the global health crisis, the company said in its release.

    2019 was a dynamic year for the Port of Marseille Fos with growth of 6 % to the end of November, which consolidated its leading position in France. By the beginning of March, the consequences of the Covid 19 health crisis on traffic were already being felt, particularly on container traffic as a result of the lockdowns in Asia. Consequently, for three months, all business sectors were impacted, with a drop in the number of calls and volumes on both cargo and passengers.

    Overall, port traffic was 33.6 million metric tons - a shortfall of 5.9 million metric tons on H1 2019. Port of Marseille Fos traffic reflects the slump in consumption and the standstill in certain types of production. The number of TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) the Port of Marseille Fos handled fell by 17 % over the first six months of the year. The halt in vehicle sales caused a 23 % drop in car import and export flows and plunged the steel sector into crisis, leading to a 23 % reduction in bulk steel imports. Border closures and lockdowns brought passenger activity to a halt. Over the six-month period, compared to 2019, there were 59% fewer regular ferry line passengers and 84% fewer cruise passengers.

    Nevertheless, some less affected sectors maintained their dynamism. From the beginning of the year, there was a notable increase of almost 21 % in cereal trade in the dry bulk segment. On liquid bulk, the H1 2020 figures confirm that, with an increase of 2% since January, the Port of Marseille Fos is well positioned on bio-fuel and liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports and exports.

    As the process of leaving lockdown moves forward in Europe, port activities have been picking up again. Towards the end of June, there were some positive signs which meant steel product and breakbulk exports bounced back, respectively by 2 % and 6 % on 2019. On liquid bulk, imports of crude oil and refined products are beginning to move up in line with the recovery in economic activity. Exports of bulk food products continue to grow and imports of coal and bauxite are recovering sharply. Finally, on general cargo (containers, roll-on/roll-off vessels), the fall in volumes compared with 2019 is less marked, a sign of the recovery in activity.

    The Fos-Graveleau rail link project, which consists of connecting the Eurofos and Seayard container terminals to improve train traffic, involves a commitment of €22 million on an operation involving several phases; it is scheduled to go into service in 2023. Monaco Marine's harbour development (yacht repair), to be equipped with a 6,000 metric ton boat lift by 2022, is continuing.

    “The Port of Marseille Fos has a major role to play in the region's economic recovery. The Supervisory Board has decided to maintain 2020 investments at €57 million by means of a €35 million loan. This is possible because the Port has a healthy financial position and has been growing for a number of years", explained Jean-Marc Forneri, Chairman of the Port of Marseille Fos Supervisory Board.

    The Distriport logistics area, located near the container terminals, is transforming, confirming the attractiveness of France's leading port for logistics and freight transport players: During the lockdown, Virtuo and the Port of Marseille Fos finalized the sale of two plots on Distriport, for the construction of a multi-customer park of nearly 70,000 m² on a logistics area of 14 hectares. Médiaco Vrac is pursuing its development projects in the area, building 70,000 m² of warehousing on a 14-hectare site, in addition to an existing 34,000 m² building with a rail branch line. Work was launched in early 2020 for delivery of the site in March 2021, despite the pandemic.

    Krown and the Chevallier Group are building a 60,000 m² warehouse on a 14-hectare site, again with rail connection to Distriport. Work began at the end of 2019, for delivery before the end of 2020. The construction of the complex is operated by Novelige (Vinci Group).Not forgetting Eurofos’ new gantry and hybrid straddle carriers, Meditourbe's photovoltaic panels, the second Interxion datacenter MRS3 in the Port of Marseille Fos, Med Europe's reefer sockets and more.




2020 August 14

18:27 RS updates requirements for ship technical documentation
18:15 Boston Ship Repair secures Navy's $16,5M contract for T-AO 193
18:05 RS introduces Guidelines on Fatigue Assessment of Ships
17:46 Ukrainian port of Skadovsk opens grain season
17:23 Heerema's SSCV Sleipnir breaks own record with 10100 mT jacket lift
17:03 Diamond S Shipping Inc. reports 2Q 2020 results
16:59 NIBULON hits new records in 2020/21 marketing year
16:40 H1’2020 throughput of Taganrog Sea Commercial Port is flat Y-o-Y
16:18 Robert Socha joins Conrad Shipyard’s senior management team
15:54 Rosneft’s 1H 2020 hydrocarbon production fell by 7% YoY
15:35 Aker Carbon Capture AS and Aker Offshore Wind Holding AS – contemplated private placement and listing on Merkur Market
15:11 DOF Rederi AS sold vessels with YB 1983/2020
14:49 Port of LA to work with California manufacturers and technology association under new agreement
14:22 Transshipment of Angara launchpad components underway at Sovetskaya Gavan port
13:46 NCSP joins national project to improve workforce productivity
13:24 First of six new US Navy tugboats features integrated Furuno Marine Electronics
13:01 Port of Cardiff signs new long-term lease with Stone Supplies Ltd.
12:38 Rosneft reports H1 net loss of RUB 113 billion
12:10 Okskaya Shipyard lays down fifth multipurpose dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59 for Astrol
11:47 IMSC issues statement on the Incident with Motor Tanker Wila
11:29 Port of LA July volumes are strongest of 2020
10:53 First part of permanent layoff negotiations at Turku shipyard are ready
10:29 Krasnoye Sormovo lays down 23rd dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59
10:04 BlueWater Reporting issues alliance market share report
09:30 Crude oil prices start rising
09:12 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 14
09:07 Baltic Dry Index as of August 13

2020 August 13

20:58 Rosmorrechflot promotes Stanislav Uryupin to Port of Novorossiysk Harbourmaster
18:31 Glavgosexpertiza gives nod to Sovetskaya Gavan LPG terminal project
18:06 Global Industry Alliance issues Just-In-Time Arrival Guide
17:36 HMM Rotterdam en route to Rotterdam
17:18 Ust-Luga Multipurpose Reloading Complex half-year cargo volume down 9% year-on-year
17:06 The operational situation in the port of Beirut is back to normal
16:48 TCSP Group half-year throughput grows 11.4%
16:31 Kalmar service expertise to enhance safety, performance and productivity on WWO’s American routes from Manzanillo International Terminal in Panama
16:12 CMA CGM announces PSS from North Europe (except France) to Australia & New Zealand
15:26 Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government opens multi million pound bulks terminal at Teesport
15:21 St. Petersburg set to create infrastructure for all-electric passenger vessels
14:39 First supply of bunker fuel by Gazpromneft Marine Bunker to the brand new cruise ship Mustai Karim
13:52 MABUX releases weekly review of global bunker market
13:21 VIKING delivers first of ambulance boat trio for Hellenic Coastguard
12:32 Grain exports via Krasnodar Krai based seaports in Jan-Jul jump 32%
12:14 Port of Oakland import cargo volume grew 6.4 percent in July
11:33 MacGregor receives EUR 18 million RoRo orders from Japan
10:52 Australia authorities issue fumigation requirements for the 2020/2021 high risk season
10:17 Sea Port of St. Petersburg half-year cargo volume rose 3%
10:14 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 13
09:52 Crude futures prices retreat
09:32 Baltic Dry Index as of Aug 12
08:26 ME-GI engine sails through sea trials

2020 August 12

18:57 Risavika LNG index for September up by 8.9 % week on week
18:27 Andreas Rieckhof new Chairman of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH Supervisory Board
18:08 At the three Hamburg container terminals throughput volume down 12.0 % in H1 2020
18:07 Sri Lanka Ports Authority assures safe handling of dangerous cargo under UN regulations
17:47 Rosmorport’s Azov-Black Sea branch adds TSHD Sommers to its fleet
17:43 Boluda Towage Europe takes on two new tugs from Damen Shipyards Group
16:49 Investors set to inject in excess of RUB 19 bn in federal port infrastructure facilities development
15:44 MoD eyes placing more orders for the Steregushchiy class corvettes with Amur Shipyard
15:17 Joint R&D Starts for Use of Ammonia in Marine Transportation to Reduce GHG Emissions
14:47 CMA CGM announces PSS from Asia to North Europe