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Maritime access to Port of Rouen to be made easier thanks to EU grant

Creation date: October 16, 2013

The European Union will co-finance with €5.1 million from the TEN-T Programme a project to improve the ship access to the French Port of Rouen, ensuring its competitiveness and rebalancing transport modes at the national and regional levels.


The project, which was selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Annual Programme, consists of works to improve the nautical access to the Port and will see the completion of dredging of the Courval rock bank as well as the enlargement of the Hautot turning area.


Faced with a worldwide fleet of ever-larger bulk carrier ships, the Port has committed itself to improving its nautical accesses in order to accept ships of 43,000 to 58,000 tonnes deadweight, with a draught of 11.30 to 11.70 metres. Completion of the project will allow an increase in traffic of almost 10 million tonnes per year in the long term.


The project is set to be completed by the end of 2015.