Marseille Fos 2016 results
French port Marseille Fos has revealed its annual results which shows its total cargo for 2016 was 18m tonnes which is on a par with its 2015 throughput.
Emerging trades, including LNG, bolstered the traditional traffic base, which included a container record 1.25m teu and a 7% increase in trailers. Meanwhile passenger numbers reached two new peaks with 2.7m overall.
Beyond cargo and passenger handling, the port also strengthened its position as a major hub for logistics and industry tenants with logistics park developments, more energy sector projects and further growth in ship repair activity.
Following a good previous 12 month, the Marseille-based ship repair operation continued to advance in 2016.
A total of 131 ships called for afloat repairs, this was a 21% increase, which represented a 20% rise to 2,602 days of quayside occupation. The number of drydockings was down 8% with 90 ships but up 4% in occupation terms with 2,014 days.
Traffic in 2017 is forecast to rise by 2.2% to 82.7MT while investments are set for an 18% increase to €65m.
Spending will include €5.5m for a mid-section quay joining the two container terminals at Fos2XL, where capacity will be increase by 15-20% on completion in 2018.
By Alice Mason