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Shortsea 2016 Event Rewards Nantes − Saint Nazaire Port

Nuit du ShortseaEach year, the Bureau for the Promotion of Shortsea Shipping (BP2S), in association with the French Maritime Cluster, honours the best initiatives in favour of shortsea shipping, intermodality, innovation and energy transition. Nantes − Saint Nazaire Port has distinguished itself by winning the award in the "Ports" category, notably for its actions to encourage modal shift.

In the presence of 170 players from the port and maritime world, gathered together in Paris on Wednesday 7th December, Jean-Pierre Chalus, Chairman of the Management Board of Nantes − Saint Nazaire Port Authority, received a prestigious distinction on behalf of Nantes − Saint Nazaire Port: the Shortsea 2016 Trophy, in the "Ports" category, for the Port Authority’s actions to promote the development of shortsea shipping and modal shift. The Loire Estuary Port succeeds the Port of Sète (South-Eastern France), which received the award in that category in 2015.

The panel of judges comprising representatives of shipping institutions such as the French Federation of Marine Pilots, the French Shipowners Federation, the French Association of Transport Users, and from the French Maritime Cluster, chose to reward Nantes − Saint Nazaire Port Authority for "the development of its shortsea traffic, notably with North Africa, through the new Scania trucks traffic to Tangiers and Tunis and its Montoir-Vigo maritime motorway, and for its investments in the ro-ro terminal".

This trophy thereby recognizes a comprehensive shipping offer combining container and ro-ro shortsea services, with 3 feeder services operated by the world’s leading container shipping lines and 2 ro-ro services, including the Montoir-Vigo link, which was given maritime motorway status in 2015.

The award also highlights a successful reconfiguration of the ro-ro terminal, completed in 2016 with the delivery of 11 hectares of storage areas and of a new ro-ro berth, bringing together the European market leaders for automotive and aeronautical logistics (CAT, GEFCO, GCA and IDEA) and offering its services to industrial firms of international standing in the aeronautical sector (Airbus, Stélia and Spirit Aerosystems) and in the area of automotive production (Renault, Peugeot, Citroën and Dacia).

Nantes − Saint Nazaire Port possesses an ideal location on France’s Atlantic Seaboard for developing shortsea flows, with an existing and future shipping service offer that allows industrial companies to include Montoir de Bretagne in their logistics organization. This was the case in November 2016 for Scania, one of Europe’s market leaders for truck production, which has a facility in Angers and has chosen the Montoir de Bretagne ro-ro terminal in preference to the Port of Barcelona for the shipment of 300 to 400 units to Morocco and Tunisia, via the Milk Run Med service. The core market of this service operated by LD Seaplane is the transportation of Airbus components produced in the Mediterranean Basin. It has been open to other traffic since 2012.

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