To be located in the west of Port 2000, the new €160m (US$213m) TNMSC terminal will extend along 1,400 metres of quay. It is expected that the first containers could be handled at the facility in early 2012. At present, MSC vessels use a berth at ‘quai Bougainville’ in the port.
TNMSC and SETO companies are to work with teams from the Port of Le Havre Authority’s buildings and infrastructure works department to carry out the project management. In common with other Port 2000 terminals already in operation, this new extension will be able to accommodate the latest planned generation of container ships without tidal or lock constraints.
The terminal will be multi-modal and include a traffic exchange area dedicated to road, rail and barge traffic, in order to consolidate all mass transport flows.
With a fleet of 459 container vessels in operation with a total capacity in excess of 2m teu, MSC serves 335 ports on the six continents. Christian de Tinguy, TNMSC general manager, said, “The installation by TNMSC of a major hub for MSC marks a new stage of development for the shipping line. The quay development will enable any MSC vessel, including 14,000 teu ships, to call at the same wharf whatever the time and tide.”
For MSC, Stephan Snijders, general manager for France, said that he was delighted the development had started with a planned first vessel call in early 2012,with other berths available by late 2012.
“The new facilities will enable our biggest vessels to benefit from a guaranteed draught of 16 metres. This will bring, without any doubt, business increase and development of MSC in Le Havre,” he added.
Seen as a response to the ambitious objectives set by the reform of French ports and to the strategic plans of the Port of Le Havre Authority, the facility is expected to double the port’s container handling to 5m teu by 2020.