Contargo North France will continue to operate the container terminal Ports de l’Escaut in Valenciennes for a further 15 years after winning a Europe-wide call for tender.
Escaut Valenciennes Conteneurs Terminal (EVCT), which went into operation in 2015, now has an annual handling capacity of 140,000 teu following extensions in 2017 and last year.
Bruno Fontaine, president of the Syndicat Mixte Docks Seine Europe/Escaut (the Seine Europe/Scheldt Docks joint association), said: “With this modern, high-performance infrastructure we want to strengthen the competitiveness of industrial and commercial enter- prises in the Grand Hainaut, and enhance the attractiveness of our region.
“The position on the Seine – North Europe Canal will create even greater added value in the long term.”
With the extension of the agreement, Contargo has committed to the ongoing development of the container terminal and its multimodal transport activities.
The terminal has benefitted from the growth of road/barge combined transport, and an offer of combined rail transport is planned.
In the short term various investments are planned in handling equipment, including a new reachstacker and a second portal crane.
Gilbert Bredel, managing director of Contargo North France, stated: “We are convinced of the development potential of the industry and logistics market in the region, and we are very pleased to be continuing our cooperation at this location, which is already one of the leading multimodal container terminals in Northern France.”
Thomas Löffler, managing director of Contargo, added: “Beyond this aspect, we are also contributing to the expansion of multimodal infrastructures and transport services in Europe, thus driving sustainable development forward in the transport sector.”