Harbour extension to boost port activities

The extension of La Réunion Port Est terminal and the construction of new transport infrastructure is expected to make the harbour more dynamic and bring economic benefits to the island.

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The project involves the extension of the container terminal and of the dockside, with the enlargement and reinforcing of the quays to offer a usable unloading length of 640 metres. These infrastructure works also involve making the dockside 15.5 metres deep in order to ensure the access of ships of higher capacity. The port intends to purchase two additional cranes, which would increase unloading capacity.

Benefits for business and employment opportunities

The Réunion harbour is the only harbour of the Outermost Regions (OMR) in the Indian Ocean. Tonnage is expected to increase from 4.4 tonnes in 2012 to 4.9 tonnes in 2015, before the end of the project; following the completion of the extension, 246 000 intermodal containers unloading in 2016 are expected, and 380 000 by 2040.

The project should benefit a wide range of maritimes companies and businesses in general linked to the services provided by the harbour, as well as providing economic benefits and employment opportunities to the local inhabitants. In total, 24 jobs are expected to be created during the implementation of the project, and 312 on completion.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Extension du port est de La Réunion – phase 2” is EUR 72 600 000, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 34 448 700 from the Operational Programme “Réunion” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under priority axis “Additional costs associated with the ultra-periphery.”

Draft date

10/12/2014