Thu 05-10-2017 20:34 PM
SETE, FRANCE, 5th October, 2017 (WAM) -- Leaders of the Sete Port Authority, Occitanie region, and P&O Ports toured the city’s container terminal in the south of France following the awarding of the three-year management contract to the multi-purpose ports operator in July this year.
On a visit to Sete, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation in Dubai, met the Regional President, Mme Carole Delga, and the President of the Port Authority, Jean-Claude Gayssot, and toured the facility including P&O Ports’ new offices.
He noted that the start of operations was due in early 2018 and encouraged those with an interest in the Sète container terminal to contact P&O Ports’ local representatives.
President of the Occitanie region, Mme Carole Delga, said, "The presence of P&O Ports is a significant undertaking for the Occitanie region and the Port of Sète, and will contribute to the economic development of Occitanie and France. Container development is a priority for us as it underpins the efforts of taking the region forward. The agreement with P&O Ports is a major achievement for our region and for French companies. It enables the Port of Sète to strengthen its trade relations with the world."
Gayssot added, "We are very pleased to have selected a group as renowned as P&O Ports to develop the container terminal. By facilitating trade with the rest of the world, this terminal will enhance the attractiveness of our territory, which will benefit all."
"Port de Sète has the potential to develop into a major trade and logistics hub for the region and our experience has shown us the importance of multi-modal transport links to realise this goal. With the logistics zone, rail and road links as well as our investment in port infrastructure, the southeast of France is set to become an important location in the region and the Mediterranean. We look forward to working with local government and port authorities on realising this vision, developing local talent and the trade potential of Sète," Bin Sulayem said.
As part of the contract, P&O Ports will operate a container facility with access to a 14.5-metre draft, 457 metres of quay length and an initial yard of 2 hectares, which can be enlarged if volumes require. The Port de Sète handles frozen, chilled, general and breakbulk cargo, containers, ro-ro services and livestock alongside cruise and ferry terminals, cement handling facilities and an agro-industrial complex.