Lorient (An Oriant) is a seaport and commune located in Morbihan department, Brittany in north-western France. The city covers a total area of approx 17,48 km2 (6,75 ml2) and has population of around 58,000 people (2007 census).
Lorient is located on Brittany's south coast, where Blavet river and Scorff river join to form the roadstead, before discharging into the Atlantic. To the south of the city, Ter river also used to flow into the estuary, but in 1967 a dam was built, so it is currently a pond. The city of Lorient is 153 km (95 ml) south-west of Rennes, 158 km (98 ml) north-west of Nantes and 503 km (313 ml) south-west of Paris.
From its establishment, shipbuilding has been of great importance to Lorient. DCNS continues the legacy of formerly state-owned shipyards (popular as l'Arsenal) that started operation in 1690 and still builds warships, mostly frigates. There is also an industrial base located in Keroman.
Lorient is popular as "the five port city" (commercial, fishing, yachting, passenger and military). In 2010, the sector represented 9,600 for a total 12,000 jobs, or 12% of local employment.
- Kergroise cargo port: With 2,6 mill tons of cargo per year (oil, sand, containers, cattle fodder), it ranks 1st in Brittany.
- Keroman fishing port: With a catch totalling 27,000 tons, it was 2nd only to Boulogne-sur-Mer among French fishing ports, but 1st considering cash value. It accounts for a total of 130 fishing vessels and 3,000 jobs (of which 700 fishermen).
- Marinas: mooring berths are dispatched on Gavres (57), Guidel (102), Lorient (370), Port-Louis (450) and Kernevel (1,000). Additionally, there is a 800 m (2,600 ft) long dock that is dedicated to offshore competitive sailing (Pole course au large), built recently within the former submarine base Keroman.
- Passenger ships: each year, over 457,500 passengers set sail to nearby islands of Groix and Belle-Ile-en-Mer.
- Military: though no longer serving as a French Navy base, new warships are being built at DCNS temporarily dock on the wharfs along Scorff river.
Highlights: Breton culture, Port-Louis citadel, Medieval towns
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Port Lorient cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Lorient, France. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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