Categories: EuropePublished On: 11.02.2022282 words1.5 min read

Merger and strong recovery of activity: a founding year 2021 for HAROPA PORT

2021 was unprecedented for HAROPA PORT, with a growth in maritime traffic of 12% and for the first time, exceeds the 3 million TEUs – and strengthens its logistical and industrial attractiveness. To maintain the course in 2022, HAROPA PORT plans an exceptional level of investment of €256 million.

Traffic: double-digit growth

  • Maritime traffic saw growth of 12% to 84 million tonnes.
  • For the first time in its history, HAROPA PORT broke through the symbolic barrier of 3 million TEU (3.07m TEU). Traffic (+28%) underscores this excellent dynamic, even outperforming world growth (+13.5%).
  • Inland traffic (full and empty containers) registered a sharp rise of 15%, and it is worth noting a 7% rise in full container inland traffic compared with the average for 2015-2019.
  • Transhipment expanded spectacularly by 79% (to 843,000 TEU), establishing a new record, superseding that of 2017 (770,000 TEU).
  • Liquid bulk traffic ended the year up by 6% (39Mt).
  • Traffic in dry bulk fell back by 4% (to 14Mt) on 2020, a year which featured a historic cereals campaign.
  • Maritime vehicle traffic at the ro-ro terminal ended the year up 14% with 294,000 vehicles.
  • Ferry traffic continued to be hit by the pandemic and Brexit-related measures affecting both passengers and their vehicles (‐98%) and freight: although the latter improved over 2020, it nevertheless remained at around 50% of 2019 levels.
  • Following a dramatic shutdown due to the pandemic in 2020, passenger cruises, after resuming in the second half of 2021, ended the year on a positive note given the context, registering 49 port calls and 45,500 passengers (+100%).
  • River traffic in the Greater Paris area is up by 4% to 22,5Mt. The construction sector is currently boosted by the ongoing major infrastructure projects (Grand Paris, 2024 Olympics, EOLE rail link): +8% as of the end of October 2021/end October 2020.


Founding year for HAROPA PORT