Groupe Charles Andre (GCA) has opened the first packaged dangerous goods (DG)-dedicated warehouse of the Port of Marseille Fos logistics parks.
The 6,000 facility features in a new 34,000 sq m warehouse opened by the French transport and logistics company in Fos Distriport.
In addition to the DG area, the €20m warehouse also features space to host 200 containers.
Clients were secured for all DG slots, while other occupancy is at over 70% of capacity, including 8,000 sq m taken by an irrigation systems company.
The warehouse was designed by GCA, which already runs an import/export car terminal at Fos, to provide 15% more storage space than comparably-sized conventional buildings.
A statement by the port noted: “Safety features include anti-blast fencing and a ‘triple security’ system to prevent spreading of hazardous products.
“Security staff among the 50 personnel are supported by alarm, detection and video surveillance equipment.”
A further 60,000 sq m of warehousing is scheduled to open at Fos Distriport in late 2018, subject to regulatory approval, following a promissory agreement between the port authority and Lyon-based property developer Wlife.
According to Marseille Fos, the company is planning the project as “a ‘mirror’ site” for a multimodal logistics platform currently being built by Wlife in the Loire-sur-Rhone region.