Quai Roger Meunier, 76059 Le Havre, France
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Le Havre (cruise port to Paris City) is a major seaport located approx 131 ml (211 km) from France's capital city. The port is on Europe's Atlantic coast and at the English Channel. The city covers a total area of approx 47 km2 (18 ml2) and has population around 175,000 (metro around 295,000).
Port Le Havre is France's second-largest commercial seaport (after Marseille/on Mediterranean Sea) in terms of overall cargo tonnage but is ranked country's largest containership port. It is popular as cruise port of call, especially on Transatlantic repositioning crossings (repositioncruises.com).
Statistical data shows a constantly increasing number of cruise ship calls – 70 (in 2010), 97 (2011), 107 (2012), 124 (2013), 129 (2016, handled 332,515 passengers), 129 (2017, handled 397,552 passengers. In 2018, the cruise port handled 145 ship calls (including 40 roundtrips) and ~418,000 passengers. Most visits were made by MSC Magnifica (22) and Royal Princess (12).
For 2019 were scheduled 135 cruise ship calls (including 31 turnarounds/homeport calls on roundtrips) by 49 different vessels (from 20 cruise brands) and 350,439 cruisers. Season 2019 featured four 3-ship days and eighteen 2-ship days. Season's river cruise traffic increased from 112 riverboat calls with 14,000 tourists (2018) to 133 riverboat calls with 17,000 tourists (2019).
For season 2020 were booked 139 ocean cruise ship berthings. By the year 2025, the port plans to increase its cruise shipping traffic to 0,5 million passengers.
Port Le Havre
Port Le Havre (officially "Grand Port Maritime du Havre") consists of a series of canal-like docks. Canal de Tancarville and Grand Canal du Havre connect Le Havre to Seine River.
The Port Authority company is a state-owned agency created in October 2008 (replacing "Port Autonome du Havre"). The company manages all port facilities and developments. Le Havre's Harbour Office manages seaport's shipping traffic - control, forecasts, navigation and berthing assistance, radio connections, radar coverage, data and information. The office also manages all vessel arrivals and departures.
Cargo ships transporting dangerous goods or marine vessels with LOA length over 70 m (230 ft) must be assisted by local pilots. As a gateway to the congested Northern European waterways (English Channel and North Sea), Port Le Havre provides pilotage assistance in these waters too.
Port Le Havre is also important for ship repairs and ferry services (between France and England and Ireland). Regularly scheduled cruiseferries link to Portsmouth (England UK) - by DFDS Seaways, and to Rosslare Europort (Ireland) - by IRISH FERRIES.
Main cargoes shipped through the port via tankers, bulk cargo carriers and container carriers (boxships) include crude oil, refined oil, gasoil, cereals, animal feed, coal, cement, general cargo, TEU-containers. Le Havre Marina provides berthing for luxury yachts and pleasure boats without any tidal restrictions. Its current capacity is 1160 (mooring rings). Marina's docking facility provides electricity and water supplies. In 2012 was inaugurated a second boat marina (Port Vauban) with capacity 500 (moorings rings). In addition to the marina was built Docks Vauban (commercial center) and Les Bains Des Docks (recreational complex with swimming pools). The new marina is located in downtown and close to the railway station, as well as to A29 highway (part of European Route E44). A29 connects the port with A26 highway (at St Quentin) and also has junctions with autoroutes A13, A131, A16, A28, A1.
Le Havre was France's first containership port. Its infrastructure includes 3 sets of containerized cargo terminals and around 6,5 km (5 ml) long quays (docks).
- European Container Terminal has wharf length of 887 m (2910 ft) and is equipped with two post-Panamax gantry cranes, 18 carriers and one LHM 550 - Liebherr (mobile crane (max load 100 tons). The wharf's max draft is 14,3 m (47 ft) - constant level. The terminal's ground slots can serve up to 7800 TEUs (containers), while the blockstow can stock 2400 TEUs.
- Americas Container Terminal has wharf length of 484 m (1588 ft) length and is equipped with four post-Panamax gantry cranes (3 with 18 carriers and 1 with 20 carriers). The wharf's draft is 14,5 m (low tide). Each crane returns productivity of 22 TEU-containers per hour. Terminal's ground slots can serve up to 3400 TEUs.
- Atlantic Container Terminal has wharf length of 800 m (2625 ft) and is equipped with four Post-Panamax gantry cranes (max load 60 tons), 18 carriers.
- The privately-owned Normandy Container Terminal covers an area approx 80 hectares and consists of two quays (named Asia, and Osaka). The terminal is served by five Post-Panamax gantry cranes.
- Ocean Terminal (Bougainville Quay) is a public facility covering a total area of 40 hectares. Quay's length is 1666 m (5466 ft) with max draft 13 m (43 ft) - constant level. It has seven gantry cranes plus one with max load 100 tons.
- "Port 2000" consists of two terminals (named France, and Oceana) and the Le Havre Wharf.
The port also serves RoRo vessels of all types and sizes. Port's railway network facilitates freight cargo transportation connecting Le Havre to all parts of Europe. Port's river waterway network connects with the Paris metro region.
In November 2019, the joint venture company GMP-PortSynergy Group (DP World Dubai and CMA-CGM's Terminal Link / port-operator companies) was awarded with a 34-year concession to build and eoperate Le Havre Port 2000's new container terminal berths 11 and 12 (total quayside length 700 m / 23000 ft, land area 42 hectares). The new GMP container terminal will add ~1 million TEUs to port's annual cargo capacity. The concession includes a 2-year pre-construction period, 2-year period for engineering works and 30-year operational period (until 2053).
Le Havre cruise terminal
Le Havre cruise port's passenger terminal (Terminal 12) is located at Florida Tip and has 2 docking piers - Roger Meunier Pier and Pierre Callet Pier. Terminal 12 was last upgraded in 2018. By 2023, Port Le Havre plans to build 3 new cruise terminals to reach berthing capacity of 4 mega-liners simultaneously and annual passenger capacity up to 800,000.
During the 2018-2019 refurbishment of Terminal 12, the building was also seriously expanded - from 600 to 2400 m2 (6460 to 25830 ft2). At Pierre Caillet Pier (6 lines) and Roger Meunier Pier (4 lines) were installed metal detecting archways (for control of hand luggage). A greenway (voie verte) was created linking downtown with the passenger terminal. Cars now benefit from separate lanes. Port's waterfront also underwent total renovation and its infrastructure was redesigned to link the Esplanade (beach promenade) to the port area. Shorepower and water terminals were set up on Quai de Marseille (port for river cruise ships).
Le Havre cruise terminal is just 2,3 km (1,5 ml) from downtown, or at around 20-30-min walking distance. As sometimes walking through the port is forbidden (to pedestrians), passengers must check with the cruise line or terminal's tourist office. At the cruise terminal are available public buses or cruise ship-provided shuttle bus (usually at fee). Bus shuttles drop passengers off at Le Vulcan (entertainment complex) or at Espace Coty (shopping mall). Car rentals at the cruise terminal are often for self-guided touring to Honfleur. Trains to Rouen are another self-touring option from Le Havre.
The closest bus and train stations are located approx 1,5 ml from the cruise terminal. To visit Paris (approx 220 km / 135 ml), passengers can catch a train from Gare St Lazare Station (travel time ~2 hours). Bus travel time to Paris is 2,5-3 hours.
The closest airport is Le Havre-Octeville (8 km / 5 ml). At terminal 12, cruise passengers are welcomed by local hostesses. Terminal's facilities include check-ins, information touch-screen kiosks, WI-FI, free tourist brochures, car and bus touring services, luggage storage, taxi rank, car rental, parking, souvenirs shops.
Le Havre tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- St Joseph: located on the south side of Avenue Foch. The church is modern made of steel and concrete. Its tower is 106-meter tall and offers breathtaking views.
- Museums: one of the most popular museums is the Musée des Beaux-Arts. It houses rich paintings collections from the 16th century to the present. The other populat museum is the Musée de l’Ancien Havre. There you can find historical materials for the town and the seafaring. Both are located on Boulevard J.F. Kennedy.
- Ste Honorine de Graville: the church houses the Black Madonna and sculpture museum. The works are from the period 12th-16th century.
- The Louvre: the world’s largest and most diverse collection of paintings, decorative objects and paintings. Probably you will need a lifetime to discover all. The most popular attraction of Paris.
- Notre Dame Cathedral: no trip is complete without visiting this architectural gothic marvel. The cathedral is one of the most beautiful in Europe. It was built more than a century.
- Eiffel Tower: the iron towel dates from 1889. It was constructed by Gustave Eiffel for the World Exposition.
Port Le Havre 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 Le Havre, Paris, France. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|25 February, 2020|
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