Merger of France’s Seine Axis ports set for June 2021


The ports of Le Havre, Rouen, and Paris in France’s Seine Axis region are scheduled to fully merge into a single entity by June 1, 2021.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex said that, as a single unified entity, HAROPA will benefit from a €1.45 billion (US$1.73 billion) investment plan up until 2027. In addition, under France’s Economic Stimulus Plan, which includes €175 million (US$208.2 million) dedicated to port greening, HAROPA has been allocated €71 million (US$84.5 million) for use in projects in the area of energy transition.

Antoine Berbain, CEO of HAROPA – Paris Ports, commented that the current year will see work begin on projects including the future Port Seine Métropole Ouest (PSMO) river port and other strategic infrastructure and river transport projects that will benefit the Greater Paris area.

Ongoing developments at Le Havre include a new factory for offshore wind turbines, which is being built by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy with the aim of supporting the Fécamp offshore wind farm in the English Channel off northern France.

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