Le Havre unveils new cruise facilities

2024-04-29T16:53:31+00:00 April 29th, 2024|Ports|

In 2022, a joint venture between Haropa Port and the conurbation of Le Havre Seine Metropole led to a new company being established – GIP Le Havre Croisieres.

This was formed to manage the cruise terminals and also the building of new facilities at the Port of Le Havre.

Steven Protois, General Manager, and Valerie Conan, Cruise Director, were at the recent Seatrade Global in Miami to showcase the Pointe de Floride development project.

The project includes three terminals and onshore power supply (OPS) availability on three cruise-dedicated berths.

Demolition of the old warehouses has already begun with the terminals being phased in at different times. The new buildings will be energy-positive, due to a photovoltaic roof, energy-efficient operations and low-carbon construction processes.

Terminals 2 (6,000 passengers) and 3 (1,000 passengers) at Quai Pierre Callet (530 m long, 12 m depth) and Quai Joannes Couvert (500 m long, 12 m depth) will be joined and refurbished and ready for operation in September, 2025.

Terminal 1 (3,500 passengers) at Quai Roger Meunier (470 m long, 9 m depth) will be operational in January, 2026.

Onshore power will be available at all three quays, providing 10 MW at each. The port is deploying the same system as that installed at Kiel. The source of energy is 60% nuclear, 29% renewable and 6% gas.

New passenger boarding bridges will be equipped with an intermediate podium, which will reduce the incline caused by extreme tides in Le Havre.

The nine hectare Pointe de Floride site overlooks the port of Le Havre and the coastline of the Unesco World Heritage city centre. Several landscaped walks and a rooftop terrace on Terminal 1 will enable passengers and residents to enjoy this unique panorama.

The total investment is €100 mill, which will be provided by Haropa and the GIP Le Havre Croisieres with contributions from the conurbation Le Havre Seine Metropole and the Normandy region.

This year, the port is expecting 162 calls, of which 54 are turnarounds (the majority partial). Passengers will number 490,000.

With the new development in place, the port will have a capacity of 13,500 passengers per day, including 6,000 turnarounds (or transits) in Terminal 2 and 3,500 in Terminal 1, with projections for 2030 being 600,000 passengers.