Clean power for Dunkerque

CMA CGM vessel APL Singapura inaugurated ‘cold ironing’ (onshore electric power) facilities at the Port of Dunkerque’s Flandres terminal on 8 January. By plugging into an onshore electricity supply ships calling at port can shut down their auxiliary engines while still getting the power they need, including maintaining temperature in refrigerated containers. Benefits include zero emissions of sulphur and nitrogen oxides and fine particles while ships are at berth and significantly reduced ... [+]

Brexit worries eat into Dunkerque ro ro business

Brexit has taken its toll on Dunkerque's ro ro traffic in what was otherwise a good year for the northern French port, said chief executive Stephane Raison. At a press conference in Lille on 10 January to present the port's results for 2018, he said that ro ro traffic had ... [+]

Dunkerque steps up rail shuttles

Novatrans subsidiary Greenmodal Transport and Dunkerque-Port have joined forces to extend multimodal services to and from the port. It now serves all major rail hubs in the South of France including Bordeaux, Bayonne, Toulouse, Perpignan, Marseille, Lyon and Avignon and Northern Italy (Turin, Novara, Milan). The service will be open ... [+]

Dunkerque customs goes 24-hour

Customs at the French Channel port of Dunkerque have authorized 24-hour, seven days a week clearance operations. It follows a pilot scheme operated by forwarder company DSV, since 15 November. Previously, it was possible to validate declarations outside the opening hours of the customs services, but required the operator to ... [+]

More barge capacity for Dunkirk

Following introduction of a new waterway container service between Dunkirk and Valenciennes in May this year, Nord Ports Shuttle (NPS) is planning a significant increase in its transport capacity on its Dunkirk to Dourges route. In June NPS set a new  monthly record for traffic to and from Dunkirk of ... [+]

Dunkerque barges into Valenciennes

The Port of Dunkerque has extended its Nord Ports Shuttle (NPS) barge service to Valenciennes. The route, launched in 2013 and operated by a 48teu vessel, already serves Dunkirk Flanders Terminal, Lille and Dourges and, since November 2017, Béthune. Retailer La Redoute is a major user. Meanwhile, the port said that ... [+]

French port triumphs at the Oscars

The Port of Dunkerque triumphed at the Oscars on 3 March, with Christopher Nolan's film ‘Dunkirk’ winning the awards for best editing, best sound mixing and best sound editing. The film was shot in the port in 2015-16. While the actual honours went to film industry people, the staff of the port’s ... [+]

Dunkerque makes space for Brexit backlogs

Brexit remains a big unknown but the port of Dunkerque is preparing for all possible outcomes, including creating enough holding area for two vessels-worth of vehicles, said chairman of the management board, Stéphane Raison. He told a press conference on 15 January that Brexit “is very concerning because we don’t know ... [+]

Dunkerque to build building plant

Dunkerque Multibulk Terminal is to set up a factory to produce construction materials at the port. It will consume 300,000 tonnes a year of raw materials from the Iberian Peninsula and neighbouring countries, imported on ships of 15,000 to 30,000 tonnes.   [+]

Fire destroys Dunkirk migrant camp

The troubled migrants’ camp at Grande-Synthe, near the port of Dunkirk – already earmarked by the French authorities for dismantling because of continued unrest - has been burned down. It was reported that the fire started as a result of a fight among some of the 1,500 occupants. At least ten ... [+]

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