A new Haropa with river and maritime ambitions

Par thierno - 7 June, 2021 - 22:55

On Tuesday 1st June, Haropa officially switched to its new status of unified public port establishment, resulting from the grouping of the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris, undertaken since 2012 in the form of an economic interest grouping. From now on under the banner of Haropa Port, the group presents itself as the "major river-sea port of the Seine axis", with a new logo.

On Tuesday 1st June, Haropa officially switched to its new status of unified public port establishment, resulting from the grouping of the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris, undertaken since 2012 in the form of an economic interest grouping. Now under the banner of Haropa Port, the group presents itself as the "major river-sea port of the Seine axis", with a new logo, and claims to be the leading port in France and number 5 in the North European range.

And it is precisely in a port of the new group, that of Gennevilliers downstream from Paris, that its General Manager Stéphane Raison (appointed last November), has delivered the prospects and ambitions of Haropa Port, on the occasion of the signature with Goodman of the agreement launching its avant-garde Green Dock project.

The result of a call for projects by Haropa, the operation illustrates the objective of the port establishment to develop logistics offers responding to the challenges of performance and decarbonisation of the companies established along the Seine axis.

Winning back market share

In this particular case, it is a concomitant response to the challenges of urban distribution, the development of multimodal transport and the scarcity of land to develop capacities close to the urban area.

"In a strategy that now puts the river challenge on the same level as the maritime one, it is a question for Haropa Port not only of contributing to the logistic and industrial renewal of the Seine axis, but also of regaining market shares on the Ile-de-France hinterland, and even in France itself, in the face of competition from the ports of Northern Europe", indicated Stéphane Raison.

And the shift of logistics chains to the Seine axis could also, according to him, change the distribution of warehouses within the Paris region, with most of the current 17 million sq.m. concentrated in eastern Paris.

The choice of Goodman's location is in line with this perspective and with the special relationship that Haropa Port is trying to develop as a "river-sea system in liaison with the local authorities and the actors of the territory, at the service of its customers", noted Stéphane Raison.

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