The Port of Paris Authority is a state-owned agency created in 1970 to provide advice and assistance for the ports in the Paris region (Ile de France administrative region). It is France’s second biggest river port and the second biggest in Europe. Its mission is to promote and maintain commercial activities for all the harbors in the region. The Port of Gennevilliers is the largest platform in the region, and it accommodates maritime, river, pipeline, rail, and road traffic.
Each year, the Port of Gennevilliers handles 20 million tons of cargo. Its proximity to Paris and the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport, in addition to its multi-modal transport connections, make the Port of Gennevilliers an important hub for river and ocean-going vessels and for container traffic moving between Rouen and le Havre.
All overland modes of transport converge at the multimodal platform of Gennevilliers. The modern Port of Gennevilliers covers about 380 hectares, including 50 hectares of water surface in two channels and six wet docks ranging in length from 660 to 800 meters. The port covers 110 hectares of land, and the industrial park covers 220 hectares. Since 2003, major renovation efforts have been undertaken.
The Port of Gennevilliers is a commercial port with terminals for nonperishable semi-finished goods and heavy materials like sand, gravel, and cement. Other important cargoes include metal frames, paper, pallets, and some dangerous chemical cargoes.
While the port has historically used river barges to transport cargoes on the Seine, it is accepting more container ship barges to carry finished industrial products, furniture, and electronic materials.
Other cargoes include cereals that supply the large mills in Paris and rough food products. Equipment is being adapted to accept refrigerated cargoes from fisheries and agricultural areas producing meats, fruits, and vegetables.