Port of Marseille Fos set to build on 2017 growth

From the many 2017 figures from Port of Marseille Fos we highlight the ones relevant for the ferry industry.

  • An 11% increase in ro-ro volumes – led by 202,000 trailers on Corsica and North Africa trades.
  • Passenger carryings on Corsica and North Africa ferry services rose 7% to 1.2 million.
  • New project expenditure included €14.6m to enlarge the Marseille harbour area’s Passe Nord access for cruise and ferry vessels, a €2.5m ferry terminal upgrade and the €2.3m installation of an 800-tonne capacity project cargo ro-ro ramp in Fos – the largest in France.
  • Environmental initiatives, including further ‘cold ironing’ facilities for ferries, reduced port dues for ‘green’ vessels under the Environmental Ship Index and membership of the LNG Focus Group – following the MoU signed last July – under which major world ports are working to promote LNG as a marine fuel.