Nantes Port Facilities

Nantes Port Facilities

Becoming an Urban Logistics Player

What is the key strong point of the Nantes port facilities? Their proximity to the Metropolitan Area. The storage capability and the real estate reserves are attractive, and the development potential is significant, notably with ecological transition in view.

While the Port’s appeal is in large part concentrated in the downriver section of the Loire Estuary, the Nantes port facilities still occupy a key position in terms of the attractiveness of the Port and of the Region. Each year, nearly 450 vessels call at those facilities. The port traffic volume is in the region of 2 million tonnes, which represents 6 % of Nantes ‒Saint Nazaire Port’s total traffic volume and is equivalent of that of a regional commercial port such as the Port of Lorient. The port facilities handle a great diversity of types of cargo, including liquid bulk cargo, bulk agri-foodstuffs, forest products, heavy-lift cargo, and bulk cargo destined for the construction and recycling sectors.

A Logistics Hub Serving the Metropolitan Area

Long known as a "timber port" up until the early 2000s, over the years Cheviré has developed a new vocation as an urban logistics hub. Complementary to the different port infrastructures located downriver, the Nantes port facilities represent a complete logistics offer at the heart of a major metropolitan area. They possess by no means inconsiderable advantages for future peri-urban area business locations, whether directly or indirectly linked to transportation by sea: multi-purpose port terminals located in immediate proximity to the Nantes ring road, a railway branch line, and connections by barge between Nantes, Montoir de Bretagne and Saint Nazaire. Just recently, in 2020, it was on this site at Cheviré that the companies Suez and Charier chose to locate their centre of operations for the recovery of waste products generated in part by building and civil engineering projects in the Nantes Metropolitan Area, with the intention of using inland waterway transportation to convey some 30 000 tonnes of waste products a year.

The Nantes port facilities in brief  

  • Nantes Cheviré, operated by Nantes Port Terminal (a subsidiary company of Nantes ‒Saint Nazaire Port): construction sector bulk cargo (timber, sand), recycling sector bulk cargo (scrap metal, earth, waste timber), breakbulk and miscellaneous cargo (fertilizers, organic grain and cereals, peat, onshore wind turbines), heavy-lift cargo consignments…
  • Roche Maurice, operated by Invivo: grain and cereals
  • Cormerais : liquid bulk chemicals and refined petroleum products

The economic fabric

Thirty or so companies established in the port area, including Derichbourg, GROUPE ISB, Invivo, Suez, Saremer, Lafarge Granulats, GSM, Eliard, Alkion, Sea Invest, Sogebras,...

The sectors

Refined products

Cereals

Scrap metal

Wood

Fertilizers

Sea Sand

Chemical products

Other goods

Advantages Offered

Multimodal facilities : an immediate connection to the River Loire, to the rail network, to the expressways

 

Plant and equipment, handling and logistics suited to a great diversity of types of cargo

 

Our ambition is to turn the upriver facilities into a logistics hub serving the Metropolitan Area. In particular for the transportation and storage of construction materials or of the earth and rubble from the Metropolitan Area’s future large-scale work projects.
Stéphane Pin, Manager in charge of the Upriver Facilities Business Unit and of Nantes ‒ Saint Nazaire Port subsidiary company Nantes Port Terminal
Nantes Manutention handles approximately 450 000 tonnes of cargo every year, including timber for the construction sector or recycled products. The geographical location of the port facilities is ideal, with the proximity to the Metropolitan Area and with the ease of access by road. And you can also factor in the considerable storage capability in the different dock areas.
Sébastian Rault, Nantes Manutention Sea-Invest