PNA implements €100m MRE ambitions in Cherbourg Port

Joanna Routaboul - 03-oct.-2013 12:08:29

Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA) is forging ahead with the extension of the Quai des Flamands in Cherbourg, with the next phase due to start in October 2013 — part of a redevelopment project whose funding exceeds €100 million. The announcement of a call for expression of interest in a tidal-farm pilot project in the area, together with the agreements concluded by DCNS and Alstom with PNA, confirms the importance of Cherbourg in the MRE sector. This was further enhanced by President François Hollande’s visit of Cherbourg on 30 September.   For Ports of Normandy Authority, regarding the work at Cherbourg, the stakes are twofold, sums up Laurent Beauvais, President of PNA (which is the port authority that runs and owns the ports of Cherbourg, Caen and Ouistreham, in North-Western France): “It is a matter of adhering to the commitments made to our partners Alstom and EMF [i.e. Eolien Maritime France] with regard to [offshore] wind energy and, from now on, providing a credible response to new requests that emerge.”   A major ambition of PNA, as well as that of businesses based across the region, is to secure the future of marine renewable energies (MRE) in the area. PNA is positioning itself as a key player for all new industrial and logistical developments in the field of wind-and-tidal energy, with current projects that include the extension of the port of Cherbourg and the redevelopment of the outer-harbour in Ouistreham.   Convinced of its assets in MRE, a key industrial sector of the future, PNA has invested early to guarantee the availability of the land and the deployment of the infrastructure that are essential to attracting leading companies; local as well as regional authorities have made strong budgetary commitments in order to fund this strategic choice.    The €40 million extension of the Flamands quay (or Quai des Flamands) in Cherbourg will be a new tool for the effective handling of MRE-related operations. Cherbourg was chosen by EMF and Alstom as an MRE development site thanks to its privileged position at the heart of the French offshore-wind-energy market and its proximity to the wind farms being built off the South Coast of England.   The first phase of development works was launched in early 2013 and involved lengthening the Flamands quay by 320m to the south (including a 100m-long return quay) to provide a total length of 680m. This extension is intended to optimise the handling and frequent trans-shipment of heavy loads such as nacelles, masts or even foundations for offshore wind turbines. The extension of the quay will have a load-bearing capacity of 15 tonnes per square metre, i.e. two to three times that of conventional quays. This new berth will also make it possible to accommodate ships with a draught of up to 14m, enhancing the port’s capacity and its ability to cope with large vessels. The first phase of maritime works — consisting of dredging, excavation and the construction of the provisional dyke — has now been completed. Construction of the quay wall is starting in October 2013 and completion of the work is anticipated for the end of 2014.   The second stage of this project is a €60 million extension of the harbour’s large-container yards, making new land available to enhance the attractiveness of the port of Cherbourg. With work due to start in 2014, the existing Flamands and Mielles ship yards will be extended by 96 acres to the North and East. The project is due for completion in 2016, at which point the port of Cherbourg will have almost 250 acres of land to dedicate to the MRE sector.   PNA’s MRE ambitions have also been boosted by a recent announcement made by President François Hollande, in which he declared his support for MRE development and confirmed the importance of a call for expressions of interest in a pilot project for a tidal farm in the area. The French president, together with an official delegation, visited the port of Cherbourg on 30 September 2013.   PNA and Ouest Normandie Energies Marines (ONEM), a regional development agency focusing on MRE, underlined the fact that the Basse-Normandie region is already primed to pursue various tidal-energy projects thanks to the work being carried out in Cherbourg. This has been further illustrated by the agreements signed between Alstom, shipbuilding and engineering group DCNS and PNA in this field.   Laurent Beauvais, President of PNA, comments, “We are delighted by the [French] government’s strong stance in favour of MRE development. The call for expressions of interest in the tidal-farm pilot project echoes the €100 million project that has seen the redevelopment of port infrastructure, particularly in the area around Cherbourg.”   The tidal-farm pilot project will test the performance and reliability of tidal-energy machines, enabling investors to gain the necessary information in order to support relevant commercial proposals. The tidal-energy pilot project will also be used to measure the effect of the wake between tidal turbines and, more generally, the environmental impact on the local area.   About PNA The ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are owned and run by Ports Normands Associés, known in English as the Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA). PNA’s head office is in Caen (Normandy), in North-Western France.   For further information about MRE in relation to PNA, please go to: www.pna-emr.fr   For further information about PNA, please go to: www.pna-ports.fr   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3883 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  

PNA starts €40m MRE-driven port expansion at Cherbourg

Joanna Routaboul - 29-mai-2013 17:54:45

The Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA) has begun construction at Cherbourg (north-western France) in order to expand part of the harbour area and its capacity: this is in connection with offshore wind-power and other marine-renewable-energy (MRE) developments, in the Channel. The quay-expansion project, at a total cost of €40 million, will include the construction of a public wharf, together with the redirection of the railway lines and roadways serving the port of Cherbourg. At the end of 2011, Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), which owns the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, in north-western France, entered into an agreement with international engineering group Alstom and Eolien Maritime France (EMF) to free up 38 hectares of real estate in the port area, in Cherbourg. EMF is a wind-energy consortium that is an industrial partner of Alstom and is made up of EDF Energies Nouvelles, DONG Energy Wind Power and WPD. Thanks to Cherbourg’s advantages, such as the port’s proximity to future French and British wind- and tidal-energy farms, this agreement will allow PNA to accommodate companies involved in marine renewable energy (MRE) in the English Channel. Jean-Michel Sévin, Managing Director of PNA, explains, "The quay’s extension will allow for the handling of different kinds of maritime traffic, making it possible to accommodate concurrently ships of various sizes, such as MRE ships, carriers and service vessels." PNA will maximise Cherbourg’s advantages by building a public wharf adjacent to the renewable-energy platforms to be located in the Channel. The construction project, which will also include redirecting the railway network and roadways serving the port, has begun and is expected to reach a total cost of €40 million. Undertaken by building specialist Soletanche Bachy, the development project began in February 2013, in line with commitments to prepare for the installation of Alstom’s blade-manufacturing plant and tower-preparation site in the port area, as well as the arrival of EMF’s assembly hub at Cherbourg. The first phase of the works, which is expected to be completed by August 2013, include underwater blasting, rock excavation and dredging. This stage is the preparation phase for the extension of the Quai des Flamands terminal by 320 metres to the south of the site. Perpendicular to the Quai, a 100-metre-long terminal (being included in the 320-metre extension) will be added to the Quai des Flamands, therefore providing a total quay length of 680 metres. The extension of the terminal itself will begin in the summer of this year and the terminal is set for completion at the end of 2014. Thanks to its load capacity of 15 tonnes per square metre — a capacity that is two to three times higher than standard terminals — the expansion will permit the frequent handling and shipping of heavy loads. PNA is confident that the port of Cherbourg will have the right facilities to meet the challenge of a higher level of operational and manufacturing activity resulting from renewable-energy projects in the Channel. Moreover, with a 14-metre sinking basin alongside the new terminal, the port will improve its capacity in order to accommodate easily large ships, such as those vessels designed for deploying wind- and tidal-energy farms at sea. The compact nature of the seabed in the harbour area, at Cherbourg, is a significant advantage in this respect, since it creates a physically stable environment. The second phase of construction at the port of Cherbourg will begin in 2014. This stage in the process will focus on redirecting roadway networks and the port’s railway lines — an operation that is essential to creating consistent use of the terminal’s land, which will be handed over to Alstom at the end of 2014. PNA has also begun preparing for tidal-energy operations by building an additional 39-hectare platform at the port of Cherbourg. The port is ideally located for tidal energy thanks to its proximity to the Raz Blanchard (known in English as the Race of Alderney) and to the sea currents around Barfleur, in the Channel. With a co-ordinated and cohesive construction project that includes a terminal with rare Channel-facing durability, as well as almost 100 hectares of dedicated real estate and improved marine facilities, the Port of Cherbourg is getting ready for an expansion in wind energy that is bound to be a hallmark of the 21 st century.  Photo credits: middle picture, Vincent Laisney; top and bottom picture, PNA. About Eolien Maritime France (EMF) Eolien Maritime France (EMF) is a wind-energy consortium made up of green-electricity specialist EDF Energies Nouvelles, DONG Energy Wind Power and WPD. The consortium was successful in its bid to operate the energy park Courseulles sur Mer / Fécamp / Guérande energy park (north-western France), among other projects. Alstom provides EMF with wind turbines. For further information about EDF Energies Nouvelles, please go to:   http://www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com/index.php/fr For further information about DONG Energy, please go to:  http://www.dongenergy.co.uk/Pages/landing.html For further information about WPD, please got to: http://www.wpd-offshore.fr/ For further information about Alstom, please go to: http://www.alstom.com/ About PNA The ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are owned and run by Ports Normands Associés, known in English as the Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA). PNA’s head office is in Caen (Normandy), in north-western France. For further information about MRE in relation to PNA, please go to:  http://www.pna-emr.fr/ For further information about PNA, please go to:  http://www.pna-ports.fr/web/index.php   For further information, please contact : Quote ref. : FTPB3856 Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 katherine.woods@ubifrance.fr   View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  

PNA to invest €60m into tidal-power expansion of Cherbourg port

Joanna Routaboul - 08-janv.-2013 12:26:43

The Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), which owns the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg in north-western France, plans to expand the facilities at Cherbourg by 35 hectares, at a cost of €60 million. This expansion will facilitate the development of tidal-energy projects in the Raz Blanchard  – one of the world’s largest sites for tidal power, due to the very strong currents in the area. In the first half of 2012, energy group EDF and multinational engineering company Alstom decided to locate their offshore-wind-turbine operations in Cherbourg. Following this decision, PNA, in association with the local authorities of Basse-Normandie, is now seizing the opportunity that other renewable energies offer, particularly tidal power. The port of Cherbourg is ideally located for constructing, maintaining and running future tidal-energy farms thanks to its close proximity to the Raz Blanchard, located in the English Channel, which is known for its very strong currents, hence its high potential for tidal power.  This expanse of water – one of the world’s largest such sites for tidal power – could provide up to half of France’s overall tidal power, while also representing a significant energy source for Alderney, one of the Channel Islands. However, installing tidal-energy generators is only possible if the port of Cherbourg can be extended by 35 hectares, a significant physical development for the port. At an estimated cost of €60 million, the development will take place on the reclaimed land to the east and the north of Terre Plein des Flamands and Terre Plein des Mielles, extending the port into the outer harbour in the process. Marine renewable energy (MRE) holds significant prospects in terms of development for the port of Cherbourg, and for the maritime region of Basse-Normandie more generally. This is why PNA decided to involve the general public in the early stages of the project: the port authority engaged in public consultation between 19 October and 19 November 2012. During the consultation process, the vast majority of participants expressed their support for the project, highlighting the fact that the plan represents an exciting opportunity for the region in terms of employment and economic development. Indeed, PNA’s proposed extension has the potential to create a large number of jobs. Integrating the feedback from the consultation, PNA will make an updated and improved plan available to the public, after which further consultation will take place during a public hearing in the spring of 2013. The works are planned to take place between 2014 and 2016. There is no doubt that the French government and the Alderney authorities face many challenges in the implementation of their plan to harness ocean currents in order to produce energy. PNA, however, is confident that the port of Cherbourg can establish itself as a major hub in MRE, also in the wake of its recent successes in securing contracts regarding wind-power development. The diversification and growth of the local (and regional) economy in this field have started, and expansion plans currently pursued by PNA will underpin these developments in a positive manner well into 2013-2016.   About PNA The ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are owned and run by Ports Normands Associés, known in English as the Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA). PNA’s head office is in Caen (Normandy), in north-western France. For further information about MRE in relation to PNA, please go to: www.pna-emr.fr For further information about PNA, please go to: www.pna-ports.fr For further information, please contact : Quote ref. : FTPB3801 Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 katherine.woods@ubifrance.fr   View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/    

West Riviera Yachting dry-sails from Brittany to the Boat Show

Katherine WOODS - 07-sept.-2012 15:14:04

    Representatives of the West Riviera Yachting dry port, next to Tréguier, in northern Brittany (Western France), will attend the Boat Show, in Southampton (UK), from 14 to 23 September 2012. West Riviera Yachting, which is a member of The Yacht Harbour Association, is ideally placed and fully equipped to welcome British yachtsmen and yachtswomen.   In the north of Brittany, the attractive seaside destination of Tréguier has everything that the yachting community may wish for: breathtaking scenery, access to beautiful nautical destinations, and a modern, secure and easily accessible dry port — West Riviera Yachting, now served by a completely new, bilingual website.   “What we have is a modern structure using up-to-date technical and logistical methods, which take good care of your boat and the environment, which means less maintenance, lower costs, and more security for the user,” explains Yann Huchet du Guermeur, Business Development Manager of West Riviera Yachting.   West Riviera Yachting offers a full range of services to boat owners who want to experience for themselves the beauty of Brittany: the dry-port facility is situated next to the deep-water port of Tréguier. Visitors will be given a full tour of the facilities when coming to the Tréguier marina. For those attending the Boat Show, in Southampton (England), between 14 and 23 September of this year, West Riviera Yachting will be on Stand No.F004.   West Riviera Yachting can meet all the expectations of sailing and motor-cruising enthusiasts, and is positioned close to Southern England and the Channel Islands, along the attractive northern Breton coastline. Tréguier and its marina represent an alternative to the congested ports on the British side of the Channel.   West Riviera Yachting features 8,200 m² of secure land (storage zones, eco-careenage area and technical area); 2,400 m² of covered storage facilities; up to 300 boats parked, all sizes included; handling without dismasting; an innovative lifting system without straps (hence, there are no constraints on the hull of the boat); secure and efficient wedging; and, last but not least, a clubhouse due to open very soon.    With its professional team of marine enthusiasts, West Riviera Yachting offers smooth and safe sailing-and-storage facilities. More particularly, the gentle, hazard-free handling is carried out thanks to Nautipartk® — the company’s patented system of hydraulic trailers that makes it possible to transport each boat (without dismasting) directly from the slipway on to the storage area, which is clean, closed off and sheltered from prevailing winds.   West Riviera Yachting offers maintenance services that are both flexible and environmentally friendly. Hull-and-deck cleaning maintenance is performed in a dedicated facility. The rinsing water is recycled, while the residue of the cleaning process is treated on site; the dangerous waste, for its part, is sent to a certified treatment centre.   “We are proud that our environmental authority has granted West Riviera Yachting the ecological, anti-pollution Vague Bleue [literally, Blue Wave] label,” explains Yann Huchet du Guermeur.   West Riviera Yachting has chosen not to rely on in-house repair services, so that clients can choose any service provider they want for repairs and maintenance: West Riviera Yachting has a list of trusted partners to choose from. Any repair job is done under the client’s supervision. “And if you are more do-it-yourself minded, you will have access to a technical area with [the provision of] air, water and electricity,” adds Yann Huchet du Guermeur.   West Riviera Yachting offers tailor-made services: the company is committed to making its clients’ boating experience as enjoyable as possible. “The West Riviera Yachting team sets everything up so that yachters are able to concentrate on the pleasures of sailing, with no constraints,” explains Yann Huchet du Guermeur.   West Riviera Yachting can provide various dedicated services, such as organising the transfer of the boat owner from the nearest airport (or railway station) to the marina, or sorting out the victualling of the ship. When the owner of the boat arrives in Tréguier, everything can be set up so that he (or she) finds the ship moored to one of the pontoons of the marina (reserved for users of the dry port), ready to put to sea.   In the very near future, UniverSail, a specialist web portal, will carry a full catalogue of West Riviera Yachting services; it will enable boat owners to manage their ship’s maintenance and handling operations remotely.   West Riviera Yachting’s dry-sailing solutions and wintering services are all priced very competitively, as sample prices quoted here (below) illustrate. The package of services offered by West Riviera Yachting simplifies matters for the boat owner and can encompass car-hire services, hotel bookings, etc.   - Dry-port services: West Riviera Yachting offers the full gamut of services that a marina does, with a reserved site with access to water and electricity, together with four, five or 10 launchings per year, and the rinsing of the hull at each landing. It is possible to reserve a pontoon for one (or several) night(s), for yachters who want to sail for several days around Tréguier. For an 8.50-metre boat with four launchings (out and back), the price is of €1,780 per year.   - Overwintering services: A reserved site in the park is provided for the duration of the client’s choice; handling and rinsing of the hull are included. For an 8.50-metre boat, with handling (out and back), for six months in the marina, the price is €820.   - Careenage: In an area that is clean and in compliance with the highest environmental standards (i.e. Vague Bleue Carénage-approved), for an 8.50-metre boat, the price is €75 (excluding handling). For this service, clients need to give 24 hours’ notice.   About Tréguier   Tréguier, the capital of the historic region of Trégor, lies in the northern part of Brittany known as Côte d’Armor —an area of great scenic beauty, which is rich in heritage sites. Tréguier is close to the Bréhat archipelago, Perros-Guirrec, Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isles of Scilly; the Atlantic Ocean is barely a few hours’ sailing away.   West Riviera Yachting is a member of The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA), based in Egham, in Surrey (England).   For further information about TYHA, please go to:  http://www.tyha.co.uk/Default.asp   West Riviera Yachting will attend the Boat Show in Southampton (England) from 14 to 23 September 2012 (Stand No.F004).   For further information about the Boat Show, please go to: http://www.southamptonboatshow.com/2012/home.aspx   Tréguier’s deep-water port, alongside the West Riviera Yachting dry port, is accessible at all times throughout the year and offers 45 places to passing yachtsmen and yachtswomen.   For further information about West Riviera Yachting, please go to: www.westrivierayachting.com  

PNA boosts Ouistreham terminal with €20m investment

Pierre Mancini - 06-sept.-2012 12:40:40

Under the supervision of port owner PNA, the first phase of the Ouistreham ferry terminal’s extension and redevelopment has been completed successfully, at a cost of €16 million. When the second phase (worth €3 million), supervised by Caen-Normandy Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is finished, the new facility will be greatly improved: it is due to be fully operational at some stage in the autumn of 2012.   The Ouistreham cross-Channel ferry terminal has provided a link between north-western France and the UK since 1986. In the space of 26 years, the Caen-Ouistreham port has become the leading Channel crossing west of the Strait of Dover, handling both passengers and goods in large numbers.   Despite this success, and being the transit point for one million passengers and three million tonnes of goods each year, there were various issues that needed addressing, which were linked to the ferry terminal’s previous configuration, explains port operator Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA). Essential alterations to the Ouistreham terminal have thus been set in train by PNA, which owns and runs the port of Caen-Ouistreham as well as the port of Cherbourg.   Channel crossings currently represent 80% of Caen-Ouistreham’s overall activity. In a challenging economic climate and with increasing competition in the straits, PNA and the Caen-Normandy Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Caen-Normandy CCI), which operates the Ouistreham ferry terminal and surrounding site, in conjunction with maritime-transport company Brittany Ferries, decided to bolster the hub’s competitiveness. As a result, major work to expand and improve the port’s facilities was given the go-ahead in 2010.   Completion of the project will lead to a range of improvements to the terminal’s facilities and functionalities. Parking facilities for unaccompanied trailers and heavy-goods vehicles (HGVs) will be doubled to 280 places, and the process of loading and unloading vehicles will be optimised and made more secure.   "After 18 months of construction work, the main elements of the project, worth €16 million, have been completed under the supervision of PNA, and are now ready to start operating. Thus, the initial phase of the project is now complete," explains Jean-Michel Sévin, General Manager of PNA.   As part of the second phase of the project, the Caen-Normandy CCI will take over in order to carry out further development work across the site, including modernising the pre-existing platforms, at a total cost of €3 million. Finally, the existing site will be upgraded to enhance user comfort, with improvements due to include new toilet facilities for passengers, together with a re-organisation and extension of the drivers’ area. PNA will remain responsible for landscaping and for implementing compensatory measures for the area concerned.   The extension of the port will be officially opened and fully operational this autumn (i.e. before the end of 2012), marking an important milestone in the growth of the Caen-Ouistreham maritime and logistical hub.   Alongside this investment in the physical infrastructure, PNA has been planning for the future of Channel crossings. Given the substantial changes occurring in the market, PNA has commissioned a strategic study to be delivered by the end of 2012. The study into its two ports, Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, is being conducted in co-operation with all stakeholders, i.e. operators, terminal managers, local players involved in the region’s economy and tourism sector, and so on.   PNA’s objective, in commissioning this strategic study, is to adjust the ports’ long-term positioning in a fast-moving market, to take the rebalancing of cross-Channel trade and traffic into account, and, finally, to make the most of PNA ports’ strengths and potential.   Photo credits: top picture, ULM Activités - E.Godier; middle picture, PNA.   About PNA   The ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are owned and run by Ports Normands Associés, known in English as the Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA). PNA’s head office is in Caen (Normandy).   The historic region of Normandy is currently made up of two separate regions: Lower Normandy (Basse-Normandie, in French) and Upper Normandy (Haute-Normandie). The ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are located on the north-western coast of France and face southern England, on the other side of the English Channel. They belong to the western, maritime part of Basse-Normandie.   For further information about PNA, please go to: www.pna-ports.fr

PNA’s role as hub for marine renewables showcased at Multimodal 2012

Pierre Mancini - 25-avr.-2012 11:13:58

Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA) will introduce itself as a major European port in the field of renewable marine energies at Multimodal 2012, in Birmingham (UK), from 1 to 3 May 2012. More particularly, Cherbourg is set to be used as the industry-and-assembly hub for the wind-farm consortium led by EDF and Alstom, which has won a major contract leading to the installation of 240 wind turbines both in the Channel and off the West coast of France. Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), which owns and runs the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, will participate in the 2012 Multimodal trade fair at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) from 1 to 3 May of this year, in Birmingham (England). The trade show is the UK and Ireland’s leading freight-transport and logistics exhibition. PNA aims to develop strategic partnerships with British players in the logistics sector through the economic development of its ports’ assets. PNA is a pivotal component of the West Normandy Marine Energy initiative, which groups together all the business players and political decision-makers within the Normandy region in respect of wind power and renewable energies (including marine-based energies). The port authority is set to benefit from the French government’s recent decision to choose the consortium integrating EDF and Alstom for the implementation of a major offshore wind-farm construction project involving PNA ports. Using PNA’s facilities, energy specialists Alstom, WPD, DONG Energy and Nass & Wind, together with EDF, are set to construct three wind farms off the north-western coast of France. This will result in 240 turbines being built, with much of the assembly taking place across facilities located in Cherbourg. As a result of this project, more specifically, Alstom will set up two industrial bases, one of which will be in Cherbourg. These bases will be involved in the manufacturing of masts and blades for the wind turbines, thanks to the construction of two factories within Cherbourg’s port area. About 500 jobs will be created in these factories. The port of Cherbourg will serve as the assembly hub for the wind-farm consortium led by EDF. Caen-Ouistreham will be the maintenance port for the wind-power project: the site of Courseulles-sur-mer, on the Normandy coast, has been chosen for this purpose. In order to strengthen the position of the port of Cherbourg, PNA is committed to lengthening the Quai des Flamands — a project set to cost €40 million and extend the quay to 580m. Consequently, the quay will be capable of receiving several ships of different configurations. This extension is necessary in order to respond to the expected production and logistical tempo of the marine-renewable-energy project. PNA is also considering the extension of other platforms in order to be able to receive a range of ships with different layouts. Regarding tidal power, Cherbourg possesses a major asset: its immediate proximity to the Raz Blanchard (or Race of Alderney), which represents half of France’s tidal-energy potential. There is no doubt that PNA’s ports, notably Cherbourg, have great potential in becoming major European ports in the field of renewable-marine energies, thanks to their natural characteristics. These characteristics include the ports’ location at the heart of the market for wind power in North-Western Europe, 44 hectares of land that is free of all activity, and an absence of sea- and road-access constraints. Regarding the land that is available, PNA is looking into a possible extension of the surface area by 35 hectares in order to house further developments. The offshore-wind-farm and tidal-energy sectors are set to grow in France, thanks also to the launch of a second call for tenders. Similar developments are taking place across Europe, and PNA ports are ideally located close to the sites where vast offshore wind farms are due to be built, on the British side of the Channel. Both Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are on the French side of the English Channel, close to the south coast of the UK. Besides, both ports have cheap available land, as well as good ferry links to Ireland and England (with high-frequency crossings and an extended ferry terminal that is near completion): all these features add to PNA’s attractiveness as a prospective partner. Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are ports with complementary advantages. Situated at the centre of the Channel and accessible 24 hours a day, Cherbourg is a deep-water port that constitutes a logistic hub for bulk carriers. Caen is situated closer to Paris and backs on to a large built-up area, thus offering an attractive hinterland. PNA’s ports and local players using them also have expertise in a range of fields:  they undertake many activities relating to cross-Channel logistics, while the transit of solid-bulk carriers, the handling of heavy cargo and shipping-related industries also characterize the region. About PNA The ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are owned and run by Ports Normands Associés, known in English as the Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA). PNA’s head office is in Caen (Normandy). The historic region of Normandy is currently made up of two separate regions: Lower Normandy (Basse-Normandie, in French) and Upper Normandy (Haute-Normandie). The ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are located on the north-west coast of France and face southern England, on the other side of the English Channel. They belong to the western, maritime part of Basse-Normandie. For further information about Multimodal 2012, please go to: http://www.multimodal.org.uk/ For further information about PNA, please go to: www.pna-ports.fr For further information, please contact :  Quote ref. : FTPB3730 Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 katherine.woods@ubifrance.fr   View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/

PNA shows resilience in 2011 and looks forward to 2012

Philippe Amann - 20-févr.-2012 12:18:21

The Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), which owns and manages the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg in Normandy (North-Western France), has released encouraging 2011 results, despite the challenging economic context and a deteriorated British market. Execution of a number of projects in 2012 — including Alstom and EDF’s use of PNA facilities as a construction site and hub for assembling wind turbines — is set to strengthen PNA’s place in cross-Channel trade.     Jean-Michel SÉVIN, CEO of PNA, states, “2012 looks very promising. The revitalisation of the two port locations [Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg] is taking shape. Their development outlook appears encouraging, and the ports should be able to consolidate, or even increase their economic impact.”   PNA has published its full results for the year 2011 and its forecast for the year 2012.     Passenger-traffic numbers are encouraging   PNA ports experienced a slight increase in passenger traffic in 2011 as a result of sustained traffic flow between France and Ireland; a significant recovery in traffic between Cherbourg and England, especially during the summer season; and, finally, a very good year for cruise activity.   Cruise activity was particularly high in 2011. This was true, specifically, of Cherbourg, which recorded 40 calls by cruise liners and a 50.85% increase in the number of passengers. At close to 100,000, a record-high number of cruise passengers (95,840) passed through the port of Cherbourg.   Moreover, cross-Channel activity between Ireland as well as England and the port of Che rbourg was up by 7.60%. This compensated for the drop in traffic between Caen and the South of England, with a decrease in the use of the Caen-Ouistreham-to-Portsmouth line, which stemmed from a combination of stagnant demand and high-capacity supply in the English Channel and in the North Sea.   After the Dover Strait, however, Caen-Ouistreham remains by far the most important cross-Channel line, with nearly one million passengers passing through the ferry port annually.     Goods traffic shows resilience against a difficult background   Goods traffic, for its part, decreased by 4.80% in 2011 (year on year), which was mainly due to a difficult business environment in terms of cross-Channel relations with the UK.   In 2011, PNA experienced a drop of close to 6.15% in cross-Channel trade volumes: undoubtedly, it has been a difficult period for cross-Channel activity due to the continued weakness of the pound sterling against the euro, made worse by vigorous competition among operators. This fierce competition is reflected in over-supply and particularly low prices, while the recession continues to affect much of Europe.   Within this difficult context, PNA ports — and, in particular, Caen-Ouistreham — have successfully maintained their overall position, with changes in activity closely mirroring those of the entire cross-Channel region.   In 2012, an extension of the cross-Channel terminal at Ouistreham will be completed: this will optimise the port’s logistical organisation and, as a result, make it more attractive to operators.   Regarding conventional goods, traffic at PNA ports actually rose by 2.35% in 2011, with variations between individual ports and the types of traffic flows.   In Caen, an overall decrease in volume of 11.50% can be traced to lower cereals exports, down by approximately 150,000 tonnes (as compared to 2010, which had been an exceptional year). Some types of ‘miscellaneous’ traffic, such as molasses (47,560 tonnes of which were trans-shipped via PNA ports in 2011), have become sustainable and can be considered mainstays of the port’s activity.   In Cherbourg, traffic has more than doubled thanks to the bulk terminal, where over 140,000 tonnes of salt and coal transited in 2011, in total.       Looking forward to 2012   A range of factors point towards a positive trend characterizing levels of activity at PNA ports in the year 2012.   Firstly, the all-time records achieved in 2011 by Cherbourg for bulk-, cruise- and Ireland-related activities and traffic highlight the relevance of Cherbourg’s position within these niches.   Second, the stabilised cross-Channel market should also enable all the operators, and the cross-Channel lines that are in place, to regain healthier operating conditions.   Third, PNA, together with its six partners, is opening up new capacity that should benefit the port of Caen, thanks to the Caen-to-Le Havre inter-port container shuttle project.   Finally, the result of the call to tender for the offshore-energy project expected for the spring of 2012 will be a decisive factor for PNA ports. International engineering group Alstom has chosen Cherbourg as its key site for implementing its industrial development programme for offshore wind power, provided that the consortium wins 50% of the call to tender. In all, 500 jobs are at stake, as far as the port is concerned.   Confirming further the potential of the port in the field of renewable marine-based energy, energy group EDF has also chosen Cherbourg as its construction hub for assembling wind turbines ahead of their offshore installation. Additionally, Caen-Ouistreham will provide residential and maintenance facilities for the Courseulles-sur-Mer site.   PNA is set to pursue its development policy by furthering co-operation opportunities with the ports in the river Seine area and with those located in the South of both Ireland and England.   PNA also intends to continue with its ambitious investment programme, which includes a €40m investment in the launch of works for the extension and development of Cherbourg’s 380-metre-long Quai des Flamands. The completion of the modernisation of PNA’s port works will cost €1.7m. PNA will also invest €500,000 in the opening of new access points to the Mielles platform at Cherbourg.   PNA ports represent about 4,000 jobs — of which about 2,000 are direct jobs, 1,800 are indirect jobs, and 200 are jobs that will be generated — and about €180m of added value across the region of Basse-Normandie.     About PNA   The ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are owned and run by Ports Normands Associés, known in English as the Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA). PNA’s head office is in Caen.   The historic region of Normandy is currently made up of two separate regions: Lower Normandy (Basse-Normandie, in French) and Upper Normandy (Haute-Normandie). The ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg are located on the north-west coast of France and face southern England, on the other side of the English Channel. They belong to the western, maritime part of Basse-Normandie.   For further information, please go to: www.pna-ports.fr  

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