In January 2012 the river ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris (together with a number of other Seine-Oise related port destinations) combined together to co-ordinate, develop and promote their services and facilities as an EIG (Economic Interest Group).
HAROPA is Europe’s 5th biggest commercial port complex and Europe’s biggest inland port and it accounts for a total of nearly 130 million tonnes of maritime and inland waterway traffic. With 14,000 hectares of available and reserved land intended for logistics and industrial use, its economic impact is highly significant, particularly in terms of jobs. The activity of all three ports combined directly accounts for 40,000 jobs – 120,000 indirectly.
Some key projects are –
- Port 2000 at Le Havre – a 160 million euro cargo terminal investment for 1400 metres of harbour quayside.
- Dredging the channel up to Rouen (in particular the section upstream from Tancarville) to facilitate new generation bulk carrier ships of up to 11.7m draft.
- New container cargo terminal at Gennevilliers outside Paris.
- New aggregates terminal at Rouen
- Port-Metropole at Conflans, where the Oise (and the potential Seine-Nord canal) joins the Seine. A major road-rail-river hub port scheme.