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Ports & Terminals — By on December 16, 2015 at 5:22 PM
Port of Marseille

Port of Marseille

Marseille Fos speeds ship call procedures            

The Marseille Fos port authority has introduced a new fully automated information system, Neptune Port, to simplify and harmonise administrative procedures for vessels calling at the leading French port.  Developed at a cost of €3 million, the new system replaces Escale V2 Nautique – in use since 1992 – which in contrast was only partially automated and not entirely paper-free.

Neptune Port is linked to the private systems of some 600 users in the port community, allowing them to synchronise declarations.  It also provides real time nautical, administrative and logistical data relevant to all calls across the port’s activity range – including container, bulk, cruise, ferry and inland waterways operations – which last year totalled more than 10, 400 calls and 78 million tonnes of cargo.

As a fully integrated management tool, the system is designed to optimise call durations and enhance coordination throughout the logistics chain.  It is linked to other systems such as the port’s vessel traffic service, the AP+ cargo community system and Maritime Affairs.  The solution also meets a European Union directive enabling electronic declarations under the so-called Guichet Unique Portuaire.

Neptune Port was developed over three years and more than 8, 000 man/days in conjunction with French multinational technology specialist Capgemini.  The system’s Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) ensures that it is robust, highly available, intuitive and fast while allowing new functionalities and total compatibility among users.

The port authority organised a training support programme to assist rapid take-up and has now implemented a telephone helpline.  A users club will be launched in early 2016 to exchange ideas on future enhancements.

Giant cranes in world first for Fos

One of the terminal operators at the Marseille Fos port authority’s Fos 2XL container facility is set to become the first in the industry to use the world’s largest quay cranes.

In a deal with Paceco Espana, operator Eurofos has acquired two 54-metre high, 72-metre outreach cranes capable of handling the biggest vessels currently in service or under construction.  Erection will start in February with commissioning due next September/October.

The new cranes complement investment of more than €100 million at the Eurofos terminal, a subsidiary of the PortSynergy Projects joint venture between DP World and CMA CGM’s Terminal Link.

Marseille stevedore wins top terminal award

The operator of the South Ro-Ro Terminal in Marseille has won the Port Terminal 2015 prize in the annual awards scheme run by France’s Bureau de Promotion du Shortsea Shipping.

Marseille Manutention received the trophy in Paris following a unanimous decision by a panel of judges representing shipping and intermodal leaders.  The citation recognised performance levels under a strategic plan launched in July 2014 and the key addition of a recently introduced Terminal Operating System (TOS).

The competitiveness plan prompted initiatives covering internal restructuring, stevedore recruitment, equipment renewal, commercial policy and marketing.  In 2015 this was underlined by investment in the TOS, which was fully activated in November after a ten-month test phase.

Linked to the port’s AP+ cargo system, the new information platform connects the terminal, shipping lines, shippers, forwarders, logistics operators, customs and harbourmaster to support real time automated data exchange ranging from port procedures to loading/unloading status reports and the location and condition of cargo.

Fos to host first French ‘Power to Gas’ study

The Fos port-industry zone managed by Marseille Fos port authority is to become the site of France’s first demonstration plant for a Power to Gas project currently under study in several European countries.

Power to Gas offers a future carbon-free solution for storing surplus electricity from renewable sources – such as wind and solar power – and converting it into gas for pipeline transmission.

The €30million ‘Jupiter 1000’ installation at Fos was announced during the COP21 climate change conference in Paris by eight French partners.  Apart from the port authority, they include GRTgaz, one of Europe’s leading gas pipeline operators, and various equipment, storage and research specialists.

The French initiative will become part of the Platforme Industrielle et d’Innovation de Caban Tonkin (PIICTO), an association formed in 2014 by the port authority and nine energy-related companies based in a 1, 200-hectare area of the industrial zone – which at 10, 000 hectares is equivalent to the size of Paris.  The association encourages synergies in production, innovation and marketing, including a ‘plug and play’ offer aimed at international players.

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