- As from June 15, La Méridionale will offer 3 weekly departures between Marseille and Tanger Med.
- Ships: GIROLATA and PELAGOS
- Sailing each Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from each port
Last year, Corsica Linea transported 1.2 million lane metres of freight. This growth means a shortage of space in the port of Marseille.
Works are being undertaken to increase the terminal capacity, and to make the link between ship and shore more efficient for the movement of unaccompanied ro-ro freight.
Parking space will go up from 202 lorries to 272.
Ferry Passenger Throughput In Marseille On The Rise
The record three million passenger milestone was marked by the cruise sector’s 15% jump to 1.7m passengers, which included 244,000 in October alone. The port expects close to 1.9m in 2019 and 2.0m next year. Marseille is already the main cruise hub in France and now the fourth largest in the Mediterranean. Ferry passenger carryings rose 6% to 1.3 million, including increases of 12% on Algerian services and 5% on Corsica links, which recorded a third consecutive year of growth.
- ORTC (Observatoire Régional des Transports de la Corse) published the first statistics for the year 2017. Some highlights:
- Total of ferry passengers: 4,144,614 (+2.1%)
- Total of airborne passengers: 4,025,727 (+9.7%) from which 241,744 came with low-cost flights.
- Several ports, both in Corsica and on the Continent saw a progression in passenger traffic. Ajaccio +5%, Bastia +2%, Marseille +8% (but Nice -9%), Genoa +14%.
- The ferry port of Porto Vecchio and the airports of Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi and Figari have set new records.
- On the ro-ro freight side, most ports saw an increase. Only Toulon, on mainland France, went down -8%. Marseille is the most important mainland French port for freight.
- Corsica Linea is the biggest freight carrier, and saw month after month a steady increase. Second is La Meridionale, followed by Corsica Ferries.
All statistics can be found on the old-style (and in French) ORTC website under ‘publications’.
Photo: Mike Louagie
Port of Marseille Fos set to build on 2017 growth
From the many 2017 figures from Port of Marseille Fos we highlight the ones relevant for the ferry industry.
- An 11% increase in ro-ro volumes – led by 202,000 trailers on Corsica and North Africa trades.
- Passenger carryings on Corsica and North Africa ferry services rose 7% to 1.2 million.
- New project expenditure included €14.6m to enlarge the Marseille harbour area’s Passe Nord access for cruise and ferry vessels, a €2.5m ferry terminal upgrade and the €2.3m installation of an 800-tonne capacity project cargo ro-ro ramp in Fos – the largest in France.
- Environmental initiatives, including further ‘cold ironing’ facilities for ferries, reduced port dues for ‘green’ vessels under the Environmental Ship Index and membership of the LNG Focus Group – following the MoU signed last July – under which major world ports are working to promote LNG as a marine fuel.