2021 September 17 09:58

The Port of Calais officially inaugurated

The new port of  Calais was  inaugurated on 9 September 2021 in the presence of Louis Le Franc, prefect of Pas-de-Calais, Xavier  Bertrand, president of the Hauts-de-France region, Natacha  Bouchart, Mayor of Calais,  President of Grand Calais Terres & Mers, Jean-Marc   Puissesseau,  President of the Sociètè d’Exploitation des Ports du Dètroit, according to the company's release.

The extension  and modernization of the port of Calais represented  ап investment of C863 million. An innovative financial package combining public and private funding from the  Hauts-de-France Region,  Europe,  the Hauts-de-France Chamber  of Commerce and lndustry.      

Delivered on May 6, the Port of Calais was officially inaugurated on September 9.  It is  scheduled  to  be  commissioned in October.  Located in the heart of one  of the busiest, most active  maritime  straits  in the  world  in terms of passenger  and goods transport,  the new Port of  Calais was designed in 2002 оn the  initiative  of  Calais’  Chamber  of  Commerce and lndustry, then  concessionaire  of  the  Port.  

This  port  extension   and  modernisation  project was  designed  to  anticipate  and  adapt  to  the  development  of  cross-Channel   traffic,  new-generation  ships  and  the  logistics and industrial needs of tomorrow. With  heavy goods traffic has practically  doubled  and а volume of cross-Channel freight  which has tripled over the past 20 years, the infrastructure of the Port of Calais no longer  made it possible to ensure an optimal quality of service. 

Once  the  port's  capacity  limit  had  been  reached,  its  extension  appeared  essential. The extension  of the Port of Calais includes а seawall of more than  3  kilometers  long,  а  170-hectare basin, 90  hectares of which are navigable in the first phase, 65  hectares of  platforms  and  roads,  three  new  ferry  berths,  as  well  as  39 buildings  necessary  for the operation and  secure reception   of  port  customers.  

То  meet   the  hallenges   of  the ecological  transition,  the  port's  design  incorporates  the  constraints  of  climate   change and  strictly  respects  commitments  to  preserve  flora  ancl  fauna.  The  new  Port  of  Calais represents  а tremendous  development  opportunity  for  the Calais area and  for  the  entire Hauts-de-France region.