Montoir de Bretagne: a Logistics and Industrial Hub on Europe’s Western Seaboard


  • 15 million tonnes of cargo transited this facility in 2018
  • 187 000 containers
  • 126 000 trailers and vehicles
  • 7,2 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas

An Attractive Logistics Platform

With its 46 hectares of reserves of land and its connections with all modes of transport (sea, inland waterway, road, rail and air), the Montoir de Bretagne platform attracts a large number of companies. It therefore accommodates a dense concentration of players with ties to industrial and port-based activities, exploiting the potential of various types of traffic including containers, breakbulk and ro-ro.

Part of the Worldwide container Round

The World’s three leading container shipping lines – Maersk (via BG freight), MSC and CMA CGM – all call at Montoir de Bretagne, which is thereby connected to over 400 ports around the World. container traffic benefits from the facility’s two direct export services (to the French West Indies and the West Coast of Africa) and the link provided with Europe’s major transhipment hubs, both to the north (Rotterdam, Antwerp, Le Havre), but especially to the south, where the Mediterranean hubs (Sines, Tangiers Med, Algeciras…) are in a phase of rapid growth.

A Sustainable Future for Ro-Ro Traffic

Ro-ro traffic (the loading and unloading of vessels by roll-on/roll-off operations) is one of the Montoir de Bretagne terminal’s strong assets. Cars, trailers, heavy goods vehicles and industrial assemblies… the mainstays of this traffic sector are motor vehicle production (with the PSA and Renault Nissan Groups) and the aircraft manufacturing activities of Airbus. What is more, with the maritime motorway connecting Montoir and Vigo, the link with the Iberian Peninsula shows real promise. This long-standing service at the Port of Nantes − Saint Nazaire saw a ramping up of operations in January 2015, with the number of calls being increased from two to three a week.

Multiple Motors for Energy

Operated by Elengy (GDF‐Suez), the Montoir de Bretagne liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal is one of the biggest in Europe, with a storage capacity of 6 million tonnes of LNG and a gasification capacity of 10.5 billion m3. There is ongoing investment at the site in order to optimize the technical performance levels of the terminal (two berths, the ability to receive large, Q‐Flex and Q‐Max type vessels, a vessel-to-vessel transhipment service, a heavy goods vehicle loading service…), with a view to diversifying the gas procurement sources: Nigeria, Norway, Algeria or in the future Russia (via the Yamal Project, whereby ice-breaking ships will take the Artic shipping route).

Montoir de Bretagne is also the port facility from which imported coal is transported by inland waterway to the EDF thermal power station at Cordemais.

The Leader for Animal Feedstuffs

As far as animal feedstuffs are concerned, Montoir de Bretagne is a strategic place of importation in France, notably because it is the point of supply for Greater Western France, which is the number one animal farming region in Europe. The professionals concerned have made a significant commitment at this facility to high-volume transportation, traceability and even containerization (for consignments of soya cakes). For products from distant points of origin (India, Brazil, Argentina), Nantes − Saint Nazaire leads the way at a national level, with a clear majority market share.

The equipment in place at the multi-bulk terminal is equal to that ranking: cranes, continuous unloaders, 8 kilometres of conveyors, distribution and weighing towers, 70 000 m² of stores…
All types of bulk cargo are received at this same terminal, but at separate berths of course, including feedstuffs (grain and cereals, liquid bulk cargo, animal feedstuffs...), industrial consignments (scrap metal, cement...) and other products such as peat or sand.