The Port of Dunkerque saw a 7% increase in container throughput during 2019, handling 450,000 teu, as it positioned itself as a transhipment hub.
During the year, the port commissioned the extension to the quai de Flandre in the West Port, with its completion marking a major step in its container handling capabilities.
The port can now simultaneously berth two of the largest ships in the world fleet under optimal conditions.
A shoreside electricity supply was made available in spring 2019, making Dunkerque the first French port to provide users of a container terminal with this access.
In 2019, the French hub also finalised the €18m (US$20m) separation of the port rail network and the national rail network.
This featured the alignment of the operating areas of the signal boxes at the border points of the two networks.
This means port rail installations can now be managed and modified without calling on the French Railway Board (SNCF).
During 2019, development work on the Dunkerque Logistics International South zone (DLI-South) and the Heavy Industries zone (ZGI) continued, as did the preparation of the industrial platform for SNF Floerger.
Over the coming year, the port will deploy an investment programme of €37.7m (US$42.0m) devoted to the completion and handover of the major logistics and industrial platforms.
This year will also see the start of the first operations of the 2019-2023 Strategic Project, with in particular the launch of work on the new building intended to house the Border Police (PAF) and the UK Border Force, and the creation of a new electrical substation in the West port.