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Despite increase in oil, dry bulk and liquid bulk traffic between January and November at the Port of Marseilles Fos, general cargo volumes fell by 12% to 14m tonnes confirming the impact of the world financial crisis.

Container and general cargo volumes slump in Marseilles

Container traffic bore the brunt of the general cargo slump with volumes down by 15% to 774,519 teu. This included a 21% decline in east-west trades via Fos which handled 519,518 teu, although the Marseilles harbour area finished only 2% down with 255,001 teu thanks to the stability of Mediterranean trades.

Ro-ro traffic added 4m tonnes to the general cargo total, a 1% rise due to volumes on eastern Mediterranean and North Africa services, but conventional trades ended 15% worse on 2.3m tonnes as reduced demand for steel products felt the added effects of motor industry cutbacks.

On a more positive note, Marseilles Fos has formed a Med Link promotional partnership with eight inland ports serving its crucial north-south hinterland along the Rhone-Saone corridor.

The Med Link Ports partners include the multimodal platforms of Pagny, Chalon, Macon, Villefranche, Lyons, Valence, Avignon-Le Pontet and Arles, which provide access to and from the Mediterranean seaport’s global services via a network of rail and river services.

Formed with backing from inland waterways authority Voies Navigables de France, the partnership is in keeping with the Marseilles Fos growth plans – such as the Fos 2XL container terminal development – as well as political initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions by offering environmentally friendly alternatives to road haulage.

In 2007 Marseilles Fos handled 6m tonnes of Rhone-Saone rail and river cargo. The 3.3m tonne rail total included container traffic of 127,000 teu, representing 13% of the port’s overall throughput of just over 1m teu. Waterways traffic totalled 2.7m tonnes – marking a 60% increase since 2002 – and included container volumes of 60,000 teu, or 6.1% of the port total.