The Port of Boulogne-sur-Mer is always open, and it holds an important strategic position for travel between England and the rest of Europe. It is an important junction for sea, rail, and highway connections in the region and across the continent.
Located on the world’s busiest seaborne transportation route where the English Channel meets the North Sea, the Port of Boulogne-sur-Mer offers high-quality service and modern facilities to serve all kinds of cargo-handling needs.
The Port of Boulogne-sur-Mer is one of the most important centers in Europe for processing, distributing, and marketing seafood products. Over 380 thousand tons of fish and shellfish move through the port each year.
The Port of Boulogne-sur-Mer’s Quai de l’Europe is 800 meters long and is equipped with highly efficient equipment for moving cargo. It can accommodate ships to 230 meters long with 10.4 meters draft. The quay’s western dock contains 65 thousand square meters of covered storage area.
In 2007, the Port of Boulogne-sur-Mer handled over 712 thousand tons of cargo dominated by 315.2 thousand tons of paper pulp, 55 thousand tons of hydrocarbons, 82 thousand tons of clinkers, and 89.7 thousand tons of other minerals.
Today, the Port of Boulogne-sur-Mer is working on new facilities that will accommodate both high-speed and conventional vessels. The port is constructing a new roll-on/roll-off terminal, and its first linkspan will be opened in 2009.
The Port of Boulogne-sur-Mer’s marina, in the city center, is convenient to shops, restaurants, and pubs. With 470 mooring points across three harbors, the marina can accommodate sail boats to 25 meters.
Boulogne-sur-Mer’s fishing port occupies a critical strategic position between fishing fleets and consumer markets on an international basis. With a diverse fleet of near 150 fishing boats, it is the busiest fishing port in France. Every day, more than 70 species of fish are discharged and sold at fish auctions in the Port of Boulogne-sur-Mer. The port is base for a wide variety of fishing sector support activities that include processing the catch, marketing and distributing seafood products, and participating in international maritime research and development efforts.