French Prime Minister Eduoard Phillipe has announced plans to merge the Northern French ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris by 2021.
The ports are already jointly represented by HAROPA but the government is proposing making them a single public institution.
On 15 November, Philippe tweeted about this issue. His words roughly translate as: “In order to have a real unity of command and strategy, the Government decided to merge the 3 ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris into a single public institution with 3 territorial sites.”
Le Havre, situated on the English Channel, is by far the biggest of these three sites. Rouen and Paris are situated down the River Seine towards Paris.
The ports will continue to serve the Paris metropolitan region and Northern France. The French government and ports have long tried to ensure that French cargo is handled at French ports rather than at larger ports like Rotterdam and Antwerp.