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DUNKERQUE-PORT : Key figures and Balance sheet 2018

TRAFFIC 2018 : The port’s annual traffic reached 51.6 MT, up 3% compared with 2017 (50.2 MT).

  • General cargo: Traffic was subdued with a significant overall decrease of 2% to 20.17 MT. CrossChannel traffic (15.58 MT) slightly decreased: the number of trucks and trailers dropped 4% to 596 000 freight units while that of passenger cars stood at 687 000 vehicles (- 2%). Passengers dropped 2% to 2.62 millions travellers. Containers again posted a record year at 422,000 TEU, up 13%. The same applied to full containers, up 14%. The activity of the Flanders Terminal benefited not only from the sustained activity of existing regular lines but also from the growth of transshipment traffic from and to the Iberian Peninsula and the North of England. Conventional goods were stable at 1.14 MT.
  • Solid bulk: increased 5% to 25.91 MT. Ore traffic set a new record, for the first time passing the 15 MT mark, driven by the activity of the ArcelorMittal plant in Dunkerque, but also by the very good figures for transshipment flows at the West bulk cargo dock (Quai à Pondéreux Ouest) for the other steel plants of the Group. Logically, coal traffic was also up 7% at 6.4 MT. Grain continued to be impacted by unfavourable market conditions, although traffic was up 11% at 1.44 MT. The consolidation of an import traffic flow (0.16 MT) is worth noting. Driven by the start-up of new industrial sites, the traffic in “small” solid bulk once again remained buoyant at 3.05 MT (+ 11%).
  • Liquid bulk: was up 8% at 5.48 MT, driven by the build-up in LNG traffic. The latter increased remarkably 56% to stand at 1.22 MT. Overall, gas traffic (LNG + industrial gases) posted a gain of 37% at 1.71 MT. Petroleum products were down 3% at 3.34 MT, while other liquid bulk rose 19% to stand at 0.43 MT


2018 was marked by the completion of the works to extend the Quai de Flandre in the West Port. The operation, costing a total of more than €60 million, is an additional and important step for the further development of the “container” sector in Dunkerque, allowing the largest vessels in the world fleet to berth at the port under optimal conditions.

During year, Dunkerque-Port virtually finalized the implementation of its Strategic Project, with the development of an investment program of nearly €65 million (up 33% more than in 2017), mainly devoted to the pursuit of the major development projects for the West Port, with the completion of the extension of the wharf in Flanders, but also the continuation of development work in the Dunkerque International Logistics South area and the start of work in the Heavy Industries area. 2018 was also a year rich in new industrial facilities, the most emblematic of which being that of the SNF Floerger company, which is investing €60 million in the Dunkerque region and will create 100 jobs.
In 2019, Dunkerque-Port will finalize the implementation of its Strategic Project 2014-2018 while defining its Strategic Project 2019-2023, by developing an investment program of €47 million, mainly devoted to the
continuation of the large-scale projects for the development of the West Port, including the commissioning of the extension to the Flanders wharf and the Dunkerque International Logistics South zone, but also the continuation of the work in the Heavy Industries zone..

The main investment operations carried out in 2018 were as follows:
• Completion of the extension works to the Flanders Quay (Container Terminal): €26.5 million
• Continuation of the development of the Dunkerque International Logistics South area: €6.87 million
• Start of work in the Heavy Industries area: €3.1 million
• Continuation of the work on the separation of the port rail network and the national rail network: €5.87 million
• Preparation of the industrial platform for SNF: €1.9 million
• Continuation of the work to enhance the security measures in the cross-Channel terminal: €4.95 million
• The installation of the power supply for ships at berth: €1.6 million
• The renovation and improvement of the Watier Lock: €2 million
• The reorganization and renovation of the electricity networks of the East Port and the Central Port: €1.3 million

To finance this investment program, Dunkerque-Port received support of more than €20 million from its partners, including the European Union / ERDF (€0.5 million), the French government (€13 million), the Hauts-de-France Regional Council (€2.1 million), the Urban Community of Dunkerque (€1.1 million), the Water Agency (€0.3 million) and UKBF (€4.5 million).

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