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Haropa trade down but vessels calls hold steady

[ January 29, 2024   //   ]

Haropa, the port authority for Le Havre, Rouen and Paris, said today (Monday 29 January) that total traffic fell 4.5% in 2023 to 81.3m tonnes, which was in line with ports in the range. Containers were down 15% to 2.6m teu, due to disruption in China, the economic slowdown and industrial unrest in France.

However, vessel calls were up, at around 1,700, reflecting major shipping lines’ faith in Haropa.

Ro ro traffic was down 9%, mainly because of chip shortages disrupting global car production.

Meanwhile, Haropa continues to develop inland logistics along the Seine river including at the port of Gennevilliers which has a large a growing number of hinterland connections with the rest of France, with at least 2-3 new rail links due to be added during 2024.

The port has also played a crucial role in the rebuilding of fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral, which replacement wooden frames being delivered by barge. Later in the year, the port is also expected to play a vital role  in keeping Paris on  the move during the forthcoming Olympics.