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Ports & Terminals Review 2019: HAROPA Ports, France

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Dry Bulk,

In 2018, dry bulk transiting through HAROPA ports reached a total of 13.28 million t. The traffic handled by HAROPA – Port of Rouen represented 11.9 million t. It essentially involved 7.5 million t of grain, or growth of 7.3% compared to the 2017 - 2018 campaign.

The first segment was bread wheat with 5.75 million t exported. Barley, feed barley (1.44 million t) and malting barley (384 000 t), followed with 1.8 million t. Oilseed crops (peas, horse beans, rapeseed etc.) reached 651 000 t, an extremely high increase of 87%.

The market share of Rouen operators in French exports remained at a high level, i.e. 47% of seaborne grain shipments. The destination of grain shipments remains marked by the predominance of the Maghreb, including Algeria and Morocco, the leading buyers of French wheat.

In 2018, HAROPA - Port de Rouen operated more than 236,600 tonnes of scrap metal.

Rouen terminals also handle other agricultural products such as malt, rape-seed cake, beet pulp, cocoa beans and refined sugar. In agribusiness, in 2018, the Port of Rouen recorded solid fertilizer traffic totalling nearly 200 000 t of exports and more than 590 000 t of imports. Solid bulk also involved scrap metal, basic chemicals, clinkers, industrial sand, crushed stone, raw salts and coal. Coal, from Richards' Bay in South Africa, accounted for 370 000 t in 2018.

In the first 9 months of 2019, the Port of Rouen posted a total of 8.92 million t of dry bulk. At the end of September, 5.92 million t of grain were shipped. The new grain season started very well. The five Rouen operators had one of the best starts in the port’s history, including a record in March 2019 with more than 1.3 million t of grain exported. Rapeseed is also fast expanding, with a total of 200 000 t of exports and 201 000 t of imports. At the end of September 2019, solid fertilizers amounted to 493 000 t of imports and 170 000 t of exports.

Rouen operators have recognised know-how and tailored tools enabling them to handle all types of bulk goods. Specialised terminals are spread out all along the channel of the Seine, over the 120 km between Honfleur and Rouen. After having carried out major deepening work on the channel, HAROPA - Port of Rouen has just launched the modernisation of the main dry bulk terminals. The SŽnalia grain group has invested €11.5 million for its facilities in Grand-Couronne. The Port of Rouen has refurbished the wharf of the grain station with a total investment of €9 million. The purpose of these high levels of investment is to sustain this strategic sector and stand up to international competition.

In Le Havre, the solid bulk segment mainly concerns sea gravel, coal and clinkers, representing a total of 1.37 million t in 2018. Sea gravel totalled 764 204 t, coal 311 410 t and clinkers nearly 144 000 t. For 2019, more than 727 000 t of sea gravel were recorded at the end of September, representing an increase of 9.4%.

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