Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

EU to help improve the port of Dunkirk in France

Creation date: July 20, 2011

A study to improve the port of Dunkirk in France will receive almost €2 million in EU co-funding as part of the 2010 TEN-T Annual Call. The study represents the first phase of developments leading to infrastructure improvements in the port.


The Port of Dunkirk currently faces a lack of deep-sea berth and its current infrastructure impedes further vessel traffic development from being realised. The EU funded study to expand the port will help pave the way to a more effective facility and ensure that the global project concerning the port’s improvements fulfils design and environmental requirements. The study includes design data collection, design studies, maritime studies and environmental documentation.


When completed, its findings will be relevant to the broader global project which aims to:

  • create two new perpendicular basins directly linked to the sea
  • build two new multimodal terminals, combining road, rail, inland waterway transport and a direct link to the sea, one on each side of the new basins
  • connect the intermodal terminals to the transport network. The basins will provide a direct access to railway and inland waterways

The global project will contribute to the optimisation of sustainable modal shift by incorporating inland waterways and rail. It will also assist in the shift of freight transportation from road to rail, sea and waterborne transport leading to an overall reduction of emissions.


For more information, please consult the project's page!



Read the press release in French - .pdf (19.2 KB)