Le Havre’s management is particularly proud of shipping lines choosing Le Havre to handle very large vessel calls, in particular the 100th call of such a vessel on December 10, 2010.
A number of new services were developed in 2010 including the CMAâ€CGM and Maersk (FAL5 and AE8) joint services to Asia; the gradual introduction of giant containerships on the same route on MSC’s Lion Service; Hanjin and CMAâ€CGM beginning direct calls to Vietnam; the New World Alliance choosing Le Havre as the first European port of call for its new CEX service and Maersk for its new Mediterranean Eurolev service.
According to port figures, 60% of its trade is with Asia and 25 % with North America, with high growth anticipated for container traffic to India, Korea and Brazil. New opportunities for the latter are being created with reefer containers of fresh food products.
Hinterland infrastructure improvements achieved in 2010 now provide a rapid and direct access between the national and port rail networks. And from spring 2011, trains of 850 m length will run between Le Havre and inland facilities in Paris and Lyons, “providing higher competitiveness of this transport mode.”
Moreover, river combined transport has benefited from the coming onâ€stream of new hubs in the south east of Paris which connect to Le Havre and its global maritime routes to the country’s largest consumption area by the “Seine Artery.”
In 2010 rail and river container traffic accounted for 290,000 teu (120,000 teu by rail and 170,000 by river), up 8% against 2009 figures and accounting for 16% of the total hinterland container traffic.