The Port of Marseilles Fos has recorded a 2.5% year-on-year increase in its container volumes in 2016.
The port handled a total of 1.25m teu last year, compared to 1.22m teu handled in 2015, with container throughput going up by 4% at the dee-sea Fos terminals.
According to the port, container volumes were boosted by an increase of 20-80% on eight lines, of which three serve Asia, two the USA and Canada, an additional two the Mediterranean and one the Indian Ocean.
Additionally, four new services were launched, including the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)’s California Express, while Evergreen resumed its calls at the port after 11 years of absence.
A statement by the port noted that “the major alliances are expected to further reinforce their presence at Fos in 2017”.
The port also registered an 8% rise in rail traffic to 121,000 teu, boosted by the arrival of two new operators, Modal Ouest and BD Rail Services, which serve Chalon-sur-Saone and Niort in mid-west France.
According to the port, “future growth potential was signalled by the EU-backed Fresh Food Corridor pilot scheme, which links Israel to northern markets via ports and railheads in southern Europe”.
Marseilles Fos, which took part in test runs that saw the transit times to Rotterdam and Hamburg halved, is currently participating in an extended 2017 programme.
The port also announced that a series of investments to be carried out at the port include a €5.5m (US$5.9) project to build a mid-section quay joining the two container terminals at Fos2XL, where capacity will rise by 15-20% upon completion in 2018.