Staff Exchange – Paris October 2013

On 9 October 2013, CCP21 Partners met in Paris for their first Staff Exchange. During that day, three different topics were discussed.


(Prior to the meeting, Partners visited the ports Victor and Issy-les-Moulineaux)

Ports de Paris is pursuing an ambitious project where the industry needs to integrate into the city and take its inhabitants into account.

StaffParis5River transport is experiencing a revival in France because of its ecological character. In this context, Ports of Paris undertook to rehabilitate the western port site of Paris: ports Victor and Issy-les-Moulineaux. The project is conducted in close collaboration with suppliers of building materials will rebuild their facilities on the site who. The objective is to allow a mixed use of the port site, between industrial and recreational activities.

The four suppliers of building materials involved – Lafarge Aggregates, Cemex, Raboni and Unibéton – will build their facilities in accordance with the architectural and landscape unity defined for all. The functionality of the port facilities will be improved globally. A port designed for a shared use will be build under the “périphérique” in order to facilitate the transit of goods.

StaffParis3The project stakeholders signed the Sable Seine Charter and are committed to good environmental and landscape integration of the new port site. The work carried out by the suppliers of building materials will be subject to a “clean site” charter. The architecture of the site, designed by specialized teams, will provide for the rehabilitation of water projects. Also on the program, an nocturnal enhancement of the site through neat lightings, tree plantations and floating gardens.

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Manuel Garrido (Ports of Paris) gave a presentation about HAROPA.

Launched on 19 January 2012, HAROPA can been seen both as a network and a tool. It is a coherent port complex on the scale of the Seine artery, combining the “Grands Ports Maritimes” (GPM) of Le Havre and Rouen, Ports of Paris, and their partners, capable of competing with the major European Ports over a vast hinterland. HAROPA is an Economic Interest Group (EIG) consisting of employees who work on the development of the three ports, providing HAROPA with a far-reaching strategic and operational consistency in trade policy, industrial policy, communications, strategy and networks.

StaffParis4This approach is designed to enhance the complementarity of the three ports, their teams and their specialties (containers, petrochemicals and ro-ro transport in Le Havre, North-South traffic and grain traffic in Rouen, construction and tourism in Paris).

The purpose of HAROPA also entails:

  • an industrial project, since companies need conditions in ports that are appropriate for their installation and development;
  • a tourism project, as the potential of the Seine river remains underexploited;
  • an environmental project, since ports must be exemplary regional developers and support the modal shift.

HAROPA positions itself as a competitive and sustainable logistics system that incorporates the end-to-end supply chain with competitive, efficient and environmentally-friendly routes to the hinterland. HAROPA has connections worldwide owing to its first-rate international shipping services, thus generating a total of nearly 120 million tonnes of seaborne and river traffic.

With nearly one thousand hectares of land and land reserves for logistics and industrial facilities, the economic impact of the port complex is significant, for employment in particular. HAROPA activities generate nearly 200,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Manuel Garrido also explained the partners how HAROPA is organised and how statistics (handled tons and containers) are managed.

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Alain O’Jeanson (Paris Terminal SA – PTSA) made a presentation about “Cloud Containing” (CC). The concept was launched by PTSA in October and is dedicated to shipping companies. It is designed to allow a better monitoring of the equipment and to rebalance the equipment between imports and exports in the area Paris Ile de France (IDF). The main aim is to answer the problem of surplus of empty containers.

PTSA handles 6 platforms in IDF : Gennevilliers, La Bourdonnais, Bonneuil, Bruyères, Evry, Limay. The Gennevilliers hub is the last point where big ships can be operated before entering into Paris. PTSA’s main job is thus to handle containers and container depots. They tried to assist and take advantage by creating more business from this situation. In 2012, the volume handled represented more than 420.000 EVP (120.000 EVP by river).

The “Cloud Containing” concept:

In multimodal transport, this is a storage offer:

  • Organised on an area
  • Sharing tools
  • Choice of platform facilities interconnected to each others and with seaports:
    • By regular shuttle services (river, rail)
    • By open computer solutions facilitating cargo movements

The originality:

  • CC offers to customers one single container depot “PARIS” close the multiple sites
  • CC plays on proximity services thanks to regular river shuttle offers
  • CC facilitates storage choice of customers/carriers according to their flows
  • CC allows a global and clear vision of the stocks thanks to computer solution and move more freely and balance containers in the area. 
  • CC allows access to new markets


The concept is shared between three inseparable partners with specific commitments:

  • Terminals: transfer of empty containers
  • Barge operators: free transfer of empty containers from a “Terminaux de Seine” terminal authorized by the shipping line to the Gennevilliers Hub or vice versa. Time limit for transfer: 7 days.
  • Shipping lines: selection of their own deport in the Paris Area. Break in demurrage charges on the first depot of release. Centralisation of the repairs on the Gennevilliers Hub.

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