Wednesday, June 2, 2021

New Agreement for Northern French River and Sea Ports as Development Announced

Major Multimodal Logistics Hub Under Construction
Shipping News Feature

FRANCE – HAROPA Ports, the alliance between the Seine ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris, has announced the creation of a major river and sea port complex at Gennevilliers, a 90,000 m2 multimodal logistics platform.

Named GREEN DOCK the site will be located at the Port of Gennevilliers, the largest such facility for the Greater Paris area by size and activity and only five kilometres from Paris and 20 minutes from Roissy - Charles de Gaulle airport, and will be developed by Goodman. The announcement on 1 June came as the three ports officially formed the ‘Seine Axis river and sea port authority’, claimed as the fifth largest north-European port complex.

HAROPA says 250 companies from a diverse range of sectors have already chosen the area due to the port location and multi modal offerings, which include a combination of river, sea / rail, oil pipeline and road transport modes, and this development will allow urban distribution businesses to provide ‘final-kilometre’ delivery and to develop river-based transport deep into the French capital thus assisting in the target of decarbonised logistics.

With the vision of river transport becoming increasingly important for many operators several players in the transport field, DB Schenker, CEVA Logistics and more, have already expressed interest and provided input for the design with the facility which will be managed by Goodman post development. Philippe Arfi, Director of Goodman France commented:

“We are honoured to have been awarded the project initiated by HAROPA PORT for the Gennevilliers flagship site. GREEN DOCK, our multimodal project design, is the outcome of a year of studies and discussion and embodies the firm belief that river transport will be central to tomorrow’s urban distribution. Its vertical design is inspired by our completed projects in Asia, but its functional architectural quality and environmental performance make Green Dock unique. It exemplifies the level of excellence we aim for in each of our developments.”

Goodman utilised a multi-disciplinary team to conceptualise the project and all eco design methods and materials have been considered and utilised where possible. The modern architectural lines of its facade will be constructed in natural, recycled materials including wood and concrete to integrate the site into its Seine riverbank surroundings. The building’s structure has been conceived for total flexibility and will allow its working areas to evolve in line with the needs of the occupants. Lastly, its roof will be home to the largest urban farm in Europe, run by Cultivate it will cover 17,000 m2 including 7,000 m2 of greenhouse space.

The 90,000 m2 logistics hub will incorporate 10,000 m2 of offices and 16 units each 5,000 m2. It will be on four levels, accessible to all types of vehicles, supplemented by an access zone and underground parking and have its own river transhipment dock. Construction will ensure BREEAM Outstanding certification, BiodiverCity and Low-Carbon labels. Stéphane Raison, CEO of HAROPA PORT concluded as he signed off the project agreement:

“It is with pleasure that we sign this commitment to working with Goodman on this highly auspicious day on which HAROPA PORT comes officially into being. This project for a multimodal platform is an innovation for Europe and confirms the role of the new HAROPA PORT in ambitious, decarbonised logistics. This agreement is a perfect illustration of our ability to offer end-to-end logistics solutions right from the maritime terminals of Le Havre and Rouen up to the final kilometre and to pursue alongside our partners projects on a scale and of a quality never before seen in our ports.”