PNA implements €100m MRE ambitions in Cherbourg Port

Joanna Routaboul - 03-oct.-2013 12:08:29
Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA) is forging ahead with the extension of the Quai des Flamands in Cherbourg, with the next phase due to start in October 2013 — part of a redevelopment project whose funding exceeds €100 million. The announcement of a call for expression of interest in a tidal-farm pilot project in the area, together with the agreements concluded by DCNS and Alstom with PNA, confirms the importance of Cherbourg in the MRE sector. This was further enhanced by President François Hollande’s visit of Cherbourg on 30 September.   For Ports of Normandy Authority, regarding the work at Cherbourg, the stakes are twofold, sums up Laurent Beauvais, President of PNA (which is the port authority that runs and owns the ports of Cherbourg, Caen and Ouistreham, in North-Western France): “It is a matter of adhering to the commitments made to our partners Alstom and EMF [i.e. Eolien Maritime France] with regard to [offshore] wind energy and, from now on, providing a credible response to new requests that emerge.”   A major ambition of PNA, as well as that of businesses based across the region, is to secure the future of marine renewable energies (MRE) in the area. PNA is positioning itself as a key player for all new industrial and logistical developments in the field of wind-and-tidal energy, with current projects that include the extension of the port of Cherbourg and the redevelopment of the outer-harbour in Ouistreham.   Convinced of its assets in MRE, a key industrial sector of the future, PNA has invested early to guarantee the availability of the land and the deployment of the infrastructure that are essential to attracting leading companies; local as well as regional authorities have made strong budgetary commitments in order to fund this strategic choice.    The €40 million extension of the Flamands quay (or Quai des Flamands) in Cherbourg will be a new tool for the effective handling of MRE-related operations. Cherbourg was chosen by EMF and Alstom as an MRE development site thanks to its privileged position at the heart of the French offshore-wind-energy market and its proximity to the wind farms being built off the South Coast of England.   The first phase of development works was launched in early 2013 and involved lengthening the Flamands quay by 320m to the south (including a 100m-long return quay) to provide a total length of 680m. This extension is intended to optimise the handling and frequent trans-shipment of heavy loads such as nacelles, masts or even foundations for offshore wind turbines. The extension of the quay will have a load-bearing capacity of 15 tonnes per square metre, i.e. two to three times that of conventional quays. This new berth will also make it possible to accommodate ships with a draught of up to 14m, enhancing the port’s capacity and its ability to cope with large vessels. The first phase of maritime works — consisting of dredging, excavation and the construction of the provisional dyke — has now been completed. Construction of the quay wall is starting in October 2013 and completion of the work is anticipated for the end of 2014.   The second stage of this project is a €60 million extension of the harbour’s large-container yards, making new land available to enhance the attractiveness of the port of Cherbourg. With work due to start in 2014, the existing Flamands and Mielles ship yards will be extended by 96 acres to the North and East. The project is due for completion in 2016, at which point the port of Cherbourg will have almost 250 acres of land to dedicate to the MRE sector.   PNA’s MRE ambitions have also been boosted by a recent announcement made by President François Hollande, in which he declared his support for MRE development and confirmed the importance of a call for expressions of interest in a pilot project for a tidal farm in the area. The French president, together with an official delegation, visited the port of Cherbourg on 30 September 2013.   PNA and Ouest Normandie Energies Marines (ONEM), a regional development agency focusing on MRE, underlined the fact that the Basse-Normandie region is already primed to pursue various tidal-energy projects thanks to the work being carried out in Cherbourg. This has been further illustrated by the agreements signed between Alstom, shipbuilding and engineering group DCNS and PNA in this field.   Laurent Beauvais, President of PNA, comments, “We are delighted by the [French] government’s strong stance in favour of MRE development. The call for expressions of interest in the tidal-farm pilot project echoes the €100 million project that has seen the redevelopment of port infrastructure, particularly in the area around Cherbourg.”   The tidal-farm pilot project will test the performance and reliability of tidal-energy machines, enabling investors to gain the necessary information in order to support relevant commercial proposals. The tidal-energy pilot project will also be used to measure the effect of the wake between tidal turbines and, more generally, the environmental impact on the local area.   About PNA The ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are owned and run by Ports Normands Associés, known in English as the Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA). PNA’s head office is in Caen (Normandy), in North-Western France.   For further information about MRE in relation to PNA, please go to:   For further information about PNA, please go to:   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3883 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 View other press releases at :  

PNA starts €40m MRE-driven port expansion at Cherbourg

Joanna Routaboul - 29-mai-2013 17:54:45
The Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA) has begun construction at Cherbourg (north-western France) in order to expand part of the harbour area and its capacity: this is in connection with offshore wind-power and other marine-renewable-energy (MRE) developments, in the Channel. The quay-expansion project, at a total cost of €40 million, will include the construction of a public wharf, together with the redirection of the railway lines and roadways serving the port of Cherbourg. At the end of 2011, Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), which owns the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, in north-western France, entered into an agreement with international engineering group Alstom and Eolien Maritime France (EMF) to free up 38 hectares of real estate in the port area, in Cherbourg. EMF is a wind-energy consortium that is an industrial partner of Alstom and is made up of EDF Energies Nouvelles, DONG Energy Wind Power and WPD. Thanks to Cherbourg’s advantages, such as the port’s proximity to future French and British wind- and tidal-energy farms, this agreement will allow PNA to accommodate companies involved in marine renewable energy (MRE) in the English Channel. Jean-Michel Sévin, Managing Director of PNA, explains, "The quay’s extension will allow for the handling of different kinds of maritime traffic, making it possible to accommodate concurrently ships of various sizes, such as MRE ships, carriers and service vessels." PNA will maximise Cherbourg’s advantages by building a public wharf adjacent to the renewable-energy platforms to be located in the Channel. The construction project, which will also include redirecting the railway network and roadways serving the port, has begun and is expected to reach a total cost of €40 million. Undertaken by building specialist Soletanche Bachy, the development project began in February 2013, in line with commitments to prepare for the installation of Alstom’s blade-manufacturing plant and tower-preparation site in the port area, as well as the arrival of EMF’s assembly hub at Cherbourg. The first phase of the works, which is expected to be completed by August 2013, include underwater blasting, rock excavation and dredging. This stage is the preparation phase for the extension of the Quai des Flamands terminal by 320 metres to the south of the site. Perpendicular to the Quai, a 100-metre-long terminal (being included in the 320-metre extension) will be added to the Quai des Flamands, therefore providing a total quay length of 680 metres. The extension of the terminal itself will begin in the summer of this year and the terminal is set for completion at the end of 2014. Thanks to its load capacity of 15 tonnes per square metre — a capacity that is two to three times higher than standard terminals — the expansion will permit the frequent handling and shipping of heavy loads. PNA is confident that the port of Cherbourg will have the right facilities to meet the challenge of a higher level of operational and manufacturing activity resulting from renewable-energy projects in the Channel. Moreover, with a 14-metre sinking basin alongside the new terminal, the port will improve its capacity in order to accommodate easily large ships, such as those vessels designed for deploying wind- and tidal-energy farms at sea. The compact nature of the seabed in the harbour area, at Cherbourg, is a significant advantage in this respect, since it creates a physically stable environment. The second phase of construction at the port of Cherbourg will begin in 2014. This stage in the process will focus on redirecting roadway networks and the port’s railway lines — an operation that is essential to creating consistent use of the terminal’s land, which will be handed over to Alstom at the end of 2014. PNA has also begun preparing for tidal-energy operations by building an additional 39-hectare platform at the port of Cherbourg. The port is ideally located for tidal energy thanks to its proximity to the Raz Blanchard (known in English as the Race of Alderney) and to the sea currents around Barfleur, in the Channel. With a co-ordinated and cohesive construction project that includes a terminal with rare Channel-facing durability, as well as almost 100 hectares of dedicated real estate and improved marine facilities, the Port of Cherbourg is getting ready for an expansion in wind energy that is bound to be a hallmark of the 21 st century.  Photo credits: middle picture, Vincent Laisney; top and bottom picture, PNA. About Eolien Maritime France (EMF) Eolien Maritime France (EMF) is a wind-energy consortium made up of green-electricity specialist EDF Energies Nouvelles, DONG Energy Wind Power and WPD. The consortium was successful in its bid to operate the energy park Courseulles sur Mer / Fécamp / Guérande energy park (north-western France), among other projects. Alstom provides EMF with wind turbines. For further information about EDF Energies Nouvelles, please go to: For further information about DONG Energy, please go to: For further information about WPD, please got to: For further information about Alstom, please go to: About PNA The ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are owned and run by Ports Normands Associés, known in English as the Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA). PNA’s head office is in Caen (Normandy), in north-western France. For further information about MRE in relation to PNA, please go to: For further information about PNA, please go to:   For further information, please contact : Quote ref. : FTPB3856 Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640   View other press releases at :  

PNA to invest €60m into tidal-power expansion of Cherbourg port

Joanna Routaboul - 08-janv.-2013 12:26:43
The Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), which owns the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg in north-western France, plans to expand the facilities at Cherbourg by 35 hectares, at a cost of €60 million. This expansion will facilitate the development of tidal-energy projects in the Raz Blanchard  – one of the world’s largest sites for tidal power, due to the very strong currents in the area. In the first half of 2012, energy group EDF and multinational engineering company Alstom decided to locate their offshore-wind-turbine operations in Cherbourg. Following this decision, PNA, in association with the local authorities of Basse-Normandie, is now seizing the opportunity that other renewable energies offer, particularly tidal power. The port of Cherbourg is ideally located for constructing, maintaining and running future tidal-energy farms thanks to its close proximity to the Raz Blanchard, located in the English Channel, which is known for its very strong currents, hence its high potential for tidal power.  This expanse of water – one of the world’s largest such sites for tidal power – could provide up to half of France’s overall tidal power, while also representing a significant energy source for Alderney, one of the Channel Islands. However, installing tidal-energy generators is only possible if the port of Cherbourg can be extended by 35 hectares, a significant physical development for the port. At an estimated cost of €60 million, the development will take place on the reclaimed land to the east and the north of Terre Plein des Flamands and Terre Plein des Mielles, extending the port into the outer harbour in the process. Marine renewable energy (MRE) holds significant prospects in terms of development for the port of Cherbourg, and for the maritime region of Basse-Normandie more generally. This is why PNA decided to involve the general public in the early stages of the project: the port authority engaged in public consultation between 19 October and 19 November 2012. During the consultation process, the vast majority of participants expressed their support for the project, highlighting the fact that the plan represents an exciting opportunity for the region in terms of employment and economic development. Indeed, PNA’s proposed extension has the potential to create a large number of jobs. Integrating the feedback from the consultation, PNA will make an updated and improved plan available to the public, after which further consultation will take place during a public hearing in the spring of 2013. The works are planned to take place between 2014 and 2016. There is no doubt that the French government and the Alderney authorities face many challenges in the implementation of their plan to harness ocean currents in order to produce energy. PNA, however, is confident that the port of Cherbourg can establish itself as a major hub in MRE, also in the wake of its recent successes in securing contracts regarding wind-power development. The diversification and growth of the local (and regional) economy in this field have started, and expansion plans currently pursued by PNA will underpin these developments in a positive manner well into 2013-2016.   About PNA The ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are owned and run by Ports Normands Associés, known in English as the Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA). PNA’s head office is in Caen (Normandy), in north-western France. For further information about MRE in relation to PNA, please go to: For further information about PNA, please go to: For further information, please contact : Quote ref. : FTPB3801 Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640   View other press releases at :    

UBIFRANCE UK News - September 2012 - N°33

Pierre Mancini - 10-oct.-2012 15:48:01
  We have had a busy summer here at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, not only preparing la rentrée, as the back-to-school season is known in French (i.e. September), but also getting on with a range of projects and events in a wide array of sectors. Obviously, the summer was marked by the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in early June, followed by the Olympics and Paralympics between late July and early September. Contrary to what could be feared from a business and professional standpoint, the Games did not cause tangible disruption in terms of our activities. We were happy to lend our support to the French Embassy and France’s Olympic Committee, which was in charge of the Club France, in central London. Overall, from a work standpoint, things always slow down from about mid-July until late August, but it is less and less the case, these days, if only because more and more business people and journalists continue working remotely, while away from the office, with the help of advanced, portable electronic devices (such as smartphones) that allow them to check their emails while sitting on the beach somewhere in southern Spain — just my idea of fun, I must admit! The rail-industry press trip that took place in mid-June (11 to 14), which was centred on the city of Lille and its region, in northern France, was a success, and we have already had several articles published in the wake of it. Nord France Invest, the agency that promotes Lille and its region, was pleased that it went well: it gave journalists the opportunity to fully appreciate the very real expertise there is across Northern France in rail transport and technology. Food & drink remains an important area of activity for us, as illustrated by the many events we have had in this field in the past few months. On 24 May in the evening, the Red Herring wine-tasting club organised an event focused on Corsican wines with Guillaume Rodet, sales representative for CIV CORSE, the syndicate of Corsican wine producers, in the UK. The wine tasting was held on the premises of the French Trade Commission, in the heart of London. Similarly, wine online retailer Naked Wines held an event at the French Trade Commission, which resulted in its members choosing Le Clos de l’Olivier Minervois 2010 as its No1 favourite — full details are revealed below. Henri Forest, the independent winegrower based in South-Western France who won the prize, is looking forward to £50,000 worth of orders in the coming months. The judges of the prize are enlightened amateurs, who are members of Naked Wines, not members of the wine trade. For the sake of propriety, I hasten to add that Naked Wines is about selecting wines purely on the basis of the quality of the liquid in the bottles, i.e. without the presence of the producers or distributors of the said liquids on the day. In other words, the name does not refer to participants being in the nude in order to enhance the wine-tasting experience, interesting as the idea might sound to some… On 14 June, the Food & Drink Department of the French Trade Commission organised a memorable event at the Roof Gardens, in Kensington (in London): A Taste of France gathered producers of high-end, exclusive food products from across France. The trade-press and other journalists who came along were rather pleased they had made the effort, as they were rewarded with fantastic food products in a truly unique setting. Even the flamingos and the ducks looked fascinated with it all. It should be stressed that they were not on the menu of the buffet: they live in the garden, on the roof. I know this may sound bizarre to readers who are unfamiliar with the venue: all is explained on the website of the Roof Gardens. In the past few months, various trade shows featured French Pavilions and were attended by innovative players from France, such as Insight Show at the end of June (27 to 28), and the Farnborough International Airshow in mid-July (9 to 14). In terms of trade fairs, September and October are very busy, as our readers will know. Katherine Woods, Press Officer, went to Birmingham for the day on 12 September — a special treat that enabled her to meet representatives of Pellenc, a French company we have done some PR for. Pellenc had a stand at the Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition (RWM). Katherine commented that Birmingham is exciting, but not as much as Leeds, where she comes from: as we know, it is all relative. If you would like to express a view on this, feel free to email us or to give us some feedback on Twitter. For my part, I went to Southampton on 20 September so as to meet representatives of West Riviera Yachting, the dry port located next to Tréguier, in the north of Brittany, which we have also done some PR for. West Riviera Yachting had a stand at the Boat Show, from 14 to 23 September. It is time for me to wrap up and I would like to encourage you to read the stories we have for you in this newsletter (below). There is something for everyone, as they say, since the fields covered range from flooring solutions (for sports facilities) and home-automation systems to interior design and textiles, and from market research and movies to fine wine and quality foods, not to forget waste management, photonics, R&D in the medical sector, information technology, ports and yachts, trains, as well as planes. The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK will come out in the latter part of November. Till then, and if you can’t wait that long, do follow us on Twitter in real time (@UBIFRANCE_UK), thanks to Katherine Woods, our expert in all matters relating to the Twitter-sphere, here at the French Trade Commission. Philip Jolly Manager — Press Office Bureau UBIFRANCE Londres, the French Trade Commission in London   Construction and Engineering Gerflor floors the competition at London Olympics & Paralympics Gerflor supplied various flooring solutions for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. The company provided the flooring for the volleyball, sitting volleyball and handball competitions: Gerflor was chosen to supply over 17,500 m² in Taraflex™ Sports Flooring. Home Technology allows you to manage your home on the move Home Technology, a specialist in hi-tech, integrated home-automation systems, offers a smart home-management gateway that improves security and comfort in the home, while reducing energy use. The system works with or without a broadband line, making it possible to manage one’s home remotely, while on the move. TECHNOMARK® goes from MULTI4® to Flexmark™ 2-in-1 TECHNOMARK®, a specialist in permanent-marking equipment, is releasing two new product lines in 2012: the fully modular MULTI4® Third Generation and the Flexmark™ 2-in-1, the latter being specially designed to meet the needs of SMEs. Flexmark™ 2-in-1 includes a hand-held model for marking large bulky parts and a combination model (fixed and portable) for marking parts of all sizes. Design and Services   UBIFRANCE is 100% France at 100% Design   The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCEorganised the French Pavilion, named100% France, at the 100% Design trade show, held in London from 19 to 22 September 2012.On 100% France, 10 emerging and renowned designers showcased their expertise in interior design, furniture making, etc. Espace Textile is in Indigo Home/MoOD in Brussels   For the sixth consecutive year, Espace Textile supported a delegation of textile specialists from the Rhône-Alpes region (South-Eastern France), who were present under the French Savoir-Faire banner, at the Indigo Home Edition and MoOD trade shows. The trade fair for the interior-design sector took place in Brussels (Belgium) from 11 to 13 September.   Tisslaine revolutionizes fabric of London Textile Fair   For the first time, there was a French Pavilion showcasing 10 participating companies at the London Textile Fair on 18-19 July. The Pavilion was organised by Tisslaine France Promotion, the national trade association that assists French companies in the textile sector in their export drive. UBIFRANCE provided Insight Show in June   The French Trade Commission unveiled the French Pavilion at Insight Show, the market-research trade fair held in London on 27-28 June. For the fourth year in a row, and with 10 exhibiting companies in 2012, the Pavilion showcased dynamic companies from across the industry. French movie industry is on a good TRIP   France’s movie industry is prospering: in 2011, over 270 approved films were produced, which is the highest number yet. The number of co-productions with a majority non-French backing was also at its highest in 2011: 65 films were shot, as compared to 58 in 2010. The country’s appeal is due to various factors, including France’s Tax Rebate for International Productions (known as TRIP). Food and Drink Henri Forest’s Zero to Hero effort wins Naked Wines’ recognition Henri Forest, an independent winemaker from South-Western France, has secured £50,000 worth of sales and privileged access to the British market further to winning the Zero to Hero competition organised by UK-based online wine retailer Naked Wines, with the help of the French Trade Commission. Out of 240 wines, Le Clos de l’Olivier Minervois 2010, which is produced on the Villepeyroux-Forest estate, came out on top. UBIFRANCE’s A Taste of France hits the Roof Gardens On 14 June, the French Trade Commission organised the sixth A Taste of France — a speciality and fine-food networking day in the course of which 22 companies showcased a range of quality French products, including charcuterie, condiments and chocolate. The event provided buyers with the opportunity to meet the producers at Kensington Roof Gardens, in central London. Comptoir du Cacao gives chocolate flavour to A Taste of France Comptoir du Cacao, a family-run artisan chocolate factory that makes high-quality single-origin chocolates in unique flavours, showcased its products at A Taste of France, the fine-food event organised in June by the French Trade Commission. Nutraveris Online verifies your ingredients EU-wide Nutraveris is a leading scientific and regulatory consulting firm for the nutrition and health sectors across Europe, whose expertise will help industry players deal with forthcoming EU legislation. Nutraveris Online allows Nutraveris’ clients to select ingredients that have claims that are usable in Europe, allowing for the verification of the regulatory status of ingredients in each EU member state (in order to ensure full compliance with local laws and regulations).   Health and the Environment Pellenc ST wastes no time recycling at RWM Pellenc Selective Technologies (or Pellenc ST), a manufacturer of optical-sorting machines for industrial and household waste, attended the Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition (RWM). The company exhibited its solutions designed for materials recovery facilities (MRFs) and for sorting municipal solid waste (MSW) at the trade fair, from 11 to 13 September, in Birmingham (UK). IFMAS enjoys excellence in bio-based materials IFMAS, the R&D institute for bio-based materials headquartered in the Lille region, has recently been certified as an Institute of Excellence in its field, gaining a €30.8m grant from the French government in the process. IFMAS is supported by Nord France Invest (NFI), the agency for the promotion of Lille and its region. DISTALZ is not forgotten by French/EU authorities DISTALZ, the R&D laboratory specialising in Alzheimer’s disease, has recently been certified as a Laboratory of Excellence by the French government. The laboratory, based in the Lille region, is now part of the EU’s Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND). DISTALZ is supported by Nord France Invest (NFI), the agency for the promotion of Lille and its region.   IT and Optics UBIFRANCE goes Dutch for ECOC UBIFRANCE, in partnership with Comité National d’Optique et de Photonique (i.e. France’s national committee for optics and photonics), hosted 10 optical-communications specialists on the French Pavilion at the ECOC trade show in Amsterdam (Netherlands), from 17 to 19 September. ECOC is the largest European event of its kind in the field of fibre-optic communications and technology. Conscio Technologies makes Sensiwave in software market Sensiwave, the software solution developed by Conscio Technologies, has evolved into a fully integrated internal communications system. The company’s interactive solution — originally, a digital-security platform only — can accompany any type of change within an organisation and is used to launch internal communications campaigns, such as training schemes or the general development of internal policies. Kaliop UK has Vision with Technology Web-technologies expert Kaliop has recently acquired Vision with Technology, a leading British provider of eZ Publish solutions, thus becoming the largest provider of dedicated eZ Publish solutions in Europe. Kaliop has fully integrated Vision with Technology into the Kaliop Group, renaming the company Kaliop UK. CARTES 2012 welcomes India, in the Cloud CARTES 2012 Exhibition and Conference (formerly CARTES and IDentification) will take place in Paris (France) from 6 to 8 November. The two main themes of the leading smart-technologies event will be mobile payments and security in the Cloud, with India as the special guest nation. Transport and Logistics PNA gives Ouistreham ferry port a new lease of life Under the supervision of Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), the first phase of the Ouistreham ferry terminal’s extension has been completed successfully, at a cost of €16 million. When the second phase (worth €3 million), supervised by Caen-Normandy Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is finished, the new facility will be greatly improved: it is due to be fully operational at some stage in the autumn of 2012. West Riviera Yachting extends a Breton welcome to UK yachters Representatives of the West Riviera Yachting dry port, next to Tréguier, in northern Brittany (Western France), attended the Boat Show, in Southampton (UK), from 14 to 23 September. West Riviera Yachting, which is a member of The Yacht Harbour Association, is ideally placed and fully equipped to welcome British yachtsmen and yachtswomen on the other side of the Channel. UBIFRANCE at InnoTrans 2012 with 90 winners UBIFRANCE organised the largest national pavilion at InnoTrans 2012 — the world’s leading trade show for the rail and urban-transport sector. About 90 companies showcased their innovative products and services on the French Pavilion in Berlin (Germany), from 18 to 21 September. BORFLEX’s FLAMESTOP® rubber range visits InnoTrans BORFLEX unveiled its new FLAMESTOP® rubber range at the InnoTrans trade show. The FLAMESTOP® range, designed for the rail industry, fulfils the requirements of the new EN 45545 European standard for fire and fumes safety, which will be mandatory from January 2014. DBM Technology flies to Farnborough with thermals DBM Technology attended Farnborough International Airshow (England) from 9 to 15 July; the company has recently established itself in Britain. DBM’s expertise lies in the field of insulation and high-temperature thermal protection for engines, aeronautic equipment and special industrial applications. EMBALLAGE 2012 set to pack a punch in November EMBALLAGE 2012, the international packaging exhibition, will take place in Paris (France) from 19 to 22 November. With 1,300 exhibitors (48% of whom are from outside France) and 89,000 visitors expected, the international trade event will highlight the innovative power of the packaging sector.

PNA boosts Ouistreham terminal with €20m investment

Pierre Mancini - 06-sept.-2012 12:40:40
Under the supervision of port owner PNA, the first phase of the Ouistreham ferry terminal’s extension and redevelopment has been completed successfully, at a cost of €16 million. When the second phase (worth €3 million), supervised by Caen-Normandy Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is finished, the new facility will be greatly improved: it is due to be fully operational at some stage in the autumn of 2012.   The Ouistreham cross-Channel ferry terminal has provided a link between north-western France and the UK since 1986. In the space of 26 years, the Caen-Ouistreham port has become the leading Channel crossing west of the Strait of Dover, handling both passengers and goods in large numbers.   Despite this success, and being the transit point for one million passengers and three million tonnes of goods each year, there were various issues that needed addressing, which were linked to the ferry terminal’s previous configuration, explains port operator Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA). Essential alterations to the Ouistreham terminal have thus been set in train by PNA, which owns and runs the port of Caen-Ouistreham as well as the port of Cherbourg.   Channel crossings currently represent 80% of Caen-Ouistreham’s overall activity. In a challenging economic climate and with increasing competition in the straits, PNA and the Caen-Normandy Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Caen-Normandy CCI), which operates the Ouistreham ferry terminal and surrounding site, in conjunction with maritime-transport company Brittany Ferries, decided to bolster the hub’s competitiveness. As a result, major work to expand and improve the port’s facilities was given the go-ahead in 2010.   Completion of the project will lead to a range of improvements to the terminal’s facilities and functionalities. Parking facilities for unaccompanied trailers and heavy-goods vehicles (HGVs) will be doubled to 280 places, and the process of loading and unloading vehicles will be optimised and made more secure.   "After 18 months of construction work, the main elements of the project, worth €16 million, have been completed under the supervision of PNA, and are now ready to start operating. Thus, the initial phase of the project is now complete," explains Jean-Michel Sévin, General Manager of PNA.   As part of the second phase of the project, the Caen-Normandy CCI will take over in order to carry out further development work across the site, including modernising the pre-existing platforms, at a total cost of €3 million. Finally, the existing site will be upgraded to enhance user comfort, with improvements due to include new toilet facilities for passengers, together with a re-organisation and extension of the drivers’ area. PNA will remain responsible for landscaping and for implementing compensatory measures for the area concerned.   The extension of the port will be officially opened and fully operational this autumn (i.e. before the end of 2012), marking an important milestone in the growth of the Caen-Ouistreham maritime and logistical hub.   Alongside this investment in the physical infrastructure, PNA has been planning for the future of Channel crossings. Given the substantial changes occurring in the market, PNA has commissioned a strategic study to be delivered by the end of 2012. The study into its two ports, Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, is being conducted in co-operation with all stakeholders, i.e. operators, terminal managers, local players involved in the region’s economy and tourism sector, and so on.   PNA’s objective, in commissioning this strategic study, is to adjust the ports’ long-term positioning in a fast-moving market, to take the rebalancing of cross-Channel trade and traffic into account, and, finally, to make the most of PNA ports’ strengths and potential.   Photo credits: top picture, ULM Activités - E.Godier; middle picture, PNA.   About PNA   The ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are owned and run by Ports Normands Associés, known in English as the Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA). PNA’s head office is in Caen (Normandy).   The historic region of Normandy is currently made up of two separate regions: Lower Normandy (Basse-Normandie, in French) and Upper Normandy (Haute-Normandie). The ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are located on the north-western coast of France and face southern England, on the other side of the English Channel. They belong to the western, maritime part of Basse-Normandie.   For further information about PNA, please go to:

PNA’s role as hub for marine renewables showcased at Multimodal 2012

Pierre Mancini - 25-avr.-2012 11:13:58
Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA) will introduce itself as a major European port in the field of renewable marine energies at Multimodal 2012, in Birmingham (UK), from 1 to 3 May 2012. More particularly, Cherbourg is set to be used as the industry-and-assembly hub for the wind-farm consortium led by EDF and Alstom, which has won a major contract leading to the installation of 240 wind turbines both in the Channel and off the West coast of France. Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), which owns and runs the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, will participate in the 2012 Multimodal trade fair at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) from 1 to 3 May of this year, in Birmingham (England). The trade show is the UK and Ireland’s leading freight-transport and logistics exhibition. PNA aims to develop strategic partnerships with British players in the logistics sector through the economic development of its ports’ assets. PNA is a pivotal component of the West Normandy Marine Energy initiative, which groups together all the business players and political decision-makers within the Normandy region in respect of wind power and renewable energies (including marine-based energies). The port authority is set to benefit from the French government’s recent decision to choose the consortium integrating EDF and Alstom for the implementation of a major offshore wind-farm construction project involving PNA ports. Using PNA’s facilities, energy specialists Alstom, WPD, DONG Energy and Nass & Wind, together with EDF, are set to construct three wind farms off the north-western coast of France. This will result in 240 turbines being built, with much of the assembly taking place across facilities located in Cherbourg. As a result of this project, more specifically, Alstom will set up two industrial bases, one of which will be in Cherbourg. These bases will be involved in the manufacturing of masts and blades for the wind turbines, thanks to the construction of two factories within Cherbourg’s port area. About 500 jobs will be created in these factories. The port of Cherbourg will serve as the assembly hub for the wind-farm consortium led by EDF. Caen-Ouistreham will be the maintenance port for the wind-power project: the site of Courseulles-sur-mer, on the Normandy coast, has been chosen for this purpose. In order to strengthen the position of the port of Cherbourg, PNA is committed to lengthening the Quai des Flamands — a project set to cost €40 million and extend the quay to 580m. Consequently, the quay will be capable of receiving several ships of different configurations. This extension is necessary in order to respond to the expected production and logistical tempo of the marine-renewable-energy project. PNA is also considering the extension of other platforms in order to be able to receive a range of ships with different layouts. Regarding tidal power, Cherbourg possesses a major asset: its immediate proximity to the Raz Blanchard (or Race of Alderney), which represents half of France’s tidal-energy potential. There is no doubt that PNA’s ports, notably Cherbourg, have great potential in becoming major European ports in the field of renewable-marine energies, thanks to their natural characteristics. These characteristics include the ports’ location at the heart of the market for wind power in North-Western Europe, 44 hectares of land that is free of all activity, and an absence of sea- and road-access constraints. Regarding the land that is available, PNA is looking into a possible extension of the surface area by 35 hectares in order to house further developments. The offshore-wind-farm and tidal-energy sectors are set to grow in France, thanks also to the launch of a second call for tenders. Similar developments are taking place across Europe, and PNA ports are ideally located close to the sites where vast offshore wind farms are due to be built, on the British side of the Channel. Both Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are on the French side of the English Channel, close to the south coast of the UK. Besides, both ports have cheap available land, as well as good ferry links to Ireland and England (with high-frequency crossings and an extended ferry terminal that is near completion): all these features add to PNA’s attractiveness as a prospective partner. Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are ports with complementary advantages. Situated at the centre of the Channel and accessible 24 hours a day, Cherbourg is a deep-water port that constitutes a logistic hub for bulk carriers. Caen is situated closer to Paris and backs on to a large built-up area, thus offering an attractive hinterland. PNA’s ports and local players using them also have expertise in a range of fields:  they undertake many activities relating to cross-Channel logistics, while the transit of solid-bulk carriers, the handling of heavy cargo and shipping-related industries also characterize the region. About PNA The ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are owned and run by Ports Normands Associés, known in English as the Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA). PNA’s head office is in Caen (Normandy). The historic region of Normandy is currently made up of two separate regions: Lower Normandy (Basse-Normandie, in French) and Upper Normandy (Haute-Normandie). The ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are located on the north-west coast of France and face southern England, on the other side of the English Channel. They belong to the western, maritime part of Basse-Normandie. For further information about Multimodal 2012, please go to: For further information about PNA, please go to: For further information, please contact :  Quote ref. : FTPB3730 Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640   View other press releases at :

France’s logistical talent is transported to Multimodal 2012

Philippe Amann - 04-avr.-2012 18:29:20
For the third consecutive year, the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London is organising a national pavilion at the Multimodal 2012 trade show. Multimodal, the key trade fair for transport and logistics in the UK, will be held in Birmingham from 1 to 3 May 2012. The French Pavilion will showcase dynamic French companies from across the transport and logistics sector. The French Pavilion at Multimodal 2012 will offer a unique environment for visitors to discover new products and services, and to find potential business partners. The participating companies are aiming to explore new business opportunities at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), in Birmingham (in England), from 1 to 3 May of this year. The companies due to attend (Stand 875) are listed below; a more comprehensive catalogue is available upon request. Haropa The ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris have recently created a joint entity, called Haropa. Haropa shares resources in order to develop a common and complementary offer to the three ports’ clients. As a major national and international player and the fifth-largest port authority in Europe, Haropa’s maritime traffic is expected to reach hundreds of millions of tons. France Line France Line is a French-based road-freight operator, which has specialised in road haulage between Britain and France since 1980. The company provides door-to-door services from the UK to any part of France, across a broad spectrum of markets. France Line’s experienced and dedicated team has a proven reputation for delivering reliable, cost-effective and personalised services.     Jacques Pajot SARL Jacques Pajot SARL is part of AllianCeuropE Group. Based in France, AllianCeuropE specialises in transportation between mainland Europe and Ireland, dealing with containers and Tautliners, general and dangerous goods, as well as full and part loads. Jacques Pajot SARL provides transportation services between France and the UK every day, including Tautliner transhipment. Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA) As the owner of the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA) is one of France’s leading port facilities. PNA ports are at the heart of Western Europe’s market for renewable marine energy, thanks to the region’s wind potential (with powerful, regular winds characterising that part of France). PNA ports give direct access to the Channel, which is one of Europe’s busiest maritime corridors. The ports offer quality multimodal connections to major European transport networks, together with port capacities that enable a wide range of traffic to be handled and activities to take place. About The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London facilitates trade development between France and the UK. UBIFRANCE offers a wide range of services to French-based companies, so as to assist them in their business activities within the UK. As such, it organises B2B events in the form of conferences and networking opportunities. The French Trade Commission will present four companies on the French Pavilion (Stand 875) at Multimodal 2012. The trade show will be held from 1 to 3 May 2012 at the NEC, in Birmingham (England). Journalists wishing to attend should contact Ms Katherine Woods, Press Officer of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London. For further information about Multimodal 2012, please go to:  
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