ESPO Port pro of the month October: Christine Cabau Woehrel (FR)

For this edition of our Port Pro of the Month we are interviewing Christine Cabau Woehrel, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Marseille-Fos. In what follows, you will not only learn about some topical developments and issues in the Port of Marseille, but also about what it means for Ms. Cabau Woehrel to pursue a career in the port sector.

Since 2014, you have been the President of the Executive Committee of the Port of Marseille-Fos. Can you briefly present the Port of Marseille-Fos? What are its main characteristics and challenges?

In 2017, the global traffic of Marseille-Fos amounted to 81 million metric tons, making the port the 1st one in France and the 2ndlargest port in the Mediterranean by total cargo tonnage. The Port of Marseille-Fos, which comprises a total area of 10 000 hectares, is a global port with infrastructure able to process all types of traffic (crude oil, liquid bulk, containers, general cargo, breakbulk, dry bulk, roro as well as Passengers). Moreover, the port is a major base for ship repair (yachting and industrial) with 10 docks (for ships up to more than 400 meters long) and provides vast logistic and industrial park areas.

For a long time, The Port of Marseille-Fos has been dedicated to the liquid bulk flows, and is now pursuing a voluntary strategy of diversification and developing a strong growth for general cargo and more specifically in the container sector (+45% since 2011).

Its strategic position, ideal for north/south and east/west intercontinental trade, as well as intramed shortsea shipping, together with its multimodal facilities make it the natural Southern gateway of global Europe. Our facilities aim to provide a sustainable and efficient alternative to the Northern range to serve the European market. Over the past recent years, the strategy of diversification has proved to be efficient and well oriented and the steady growth in container business, two times bigger than the average European market growth over the same period proves this point. We are gaining back market share and increasing the visibility of Marseille-Fos on the international shipping scene.

Read full interview on the European Sea Ports website here

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