Le Havre embarks on a €99 million development project. The port is looking at about 600,000 passengers in 2030
Le Havre has launched a massive new project aimed at sustainably welcoming more cruiseships and passengers to this iconic French city.
With a record 420,000 passengers in 2018, bringing roughly €35 million of economical benefits to the Normandy region, the port is now looking at about 600,000 passengers in 2030, a 44.7 percent increase. This is based on European traffic projections and the growth of the cruise market.
To achieve its goal, a new administration and operation structure – GIP Le Havre Croisieres with Valerie Conan as cruise director – has been created by Le Havre Seine Metropole and HAROPA Port.
The total project cost is estimated at €99 million and will be funded by the above organisations, as well as the State and the Normandy region.
Improving the connection of the Pointe de Floride with the city centre is a vital part of the development programme which is underway.
Of equal importance within the cruise development project is the creation of three new, larger and more comfortable terminals between 2023 and 2025, on a usable area of 15,000m2. Thus Le Havre will be able to receive up to 13,500 passengers per day.
The installation of Terminal 1 on the north bank will consist of demolishing the existing Terminals 1, 2 and 3 to create a new building that will host the same functions as the two previous terminals. Terminal 1 will accommodate ships up to 330m in length.
The roof of this new building will be accessible to the public and will offer a unique view of the entrance to the port, the rebuilt UNESCO-listed centre of Le Havre and the layout of the Grand Quai.
The establishment of Terminals 2 and 3 on the south bank will consist of a renovation and an expansion of the existing hangars 12 and 13 to house the functions of reception, check-in, control, services and preparation for passengers boarding, as well as technical and administrative functions related to the management of the activity.
A covered parking area is also expected and the planned surfaces will make it possible to accommodate the largest cruise ships and to operate full turnarounds (6,000 passengers).
The new buildings will be positive energy thanks to the contribution of a vast photovoltaic roof and very sober operating conditions.
All the docks dedicated to maritime cruises will be electrified before the end of 2025 to allow the connection of ships, favouring them to switch off their machines during their stopovers. The electrical power delivered will be 10 mW per dock, which will avoid 100 tonnes of CO2 and two tonnes of other polluting emissions during the 12 hours of a ship’s call.