The modern Port of Lorient is managed by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Morbihan department. The port handles four major cargo groups. In 2007, over a million tons of oil products, including gasoline, fuel oil, and heavy fuel, passed through the Port of Lorient. The same year, more than a million tons of agricultural raw materials were handled, including animal feeds in the form of oil cakes, fish meal, sorghum, rye, etc. The Port of Lorient handled 596 thousand tons of sea sands and red algae.
Finally, the port handled 122 thousand tons of assorted goods that included products requiring controlled temperatures. These general cargoes included wood, cast iron, crushed tires, pulp and paper, scrap, manure, sodium carbonate, and heavy parcels. In 2007, the port also welcomed seven cruise vessels. Since 1994, more than 30 thousand British, American, and German passengers have visited the Port of Lorient.
The Oil Jetty in the Port of Lorient handles over a million tons of hydrocarbons for inland processing. The wharf is 114 meters long with alongside depth of 9.8 meters. The wharf has underground connections for tank storage for 140 thousand cubic meters of petroleum products. Today, the oil jetty is being modified to receive ships with 13 meters draft.
The Port of Lorient’s quay serving agricultural bulk products is 568 meters long with alongside depth of 12 meters, depending on the tides. It contains two Panamax stations that can process to 20 thousand tons per day. The quay contains private storage for 160 thousand tons of cargo, a rail transit station, and silo capacity for 10 thousand tons. The quay also has capacity to store 21 thousand tons of molasses.
The Port of Lorient offers cold storage for 100 thousand cubic meters of frozen cargo and 5.5 thousand square meters of storage for chilled cargoes. The cold stores are located in the nearby Port Kergroise. The facilities are attached to a 200 meter long quay that can accommodate ships to 200 meters long with 8.5 meters draft. The cold cargo terminal is located on the Atlantic Arc within five meters of highways and near railway facilities. The terminal park covers four hectares, three of which are enclosed, and contains a quay with 7.5 meters draught.
The Port of Lorient has two quays that handle general cargoes. One quay is 250 meters long with alongside depth of 9 meters, and the other is 150 meters long with alongside depth of 8.5 meters. The quays are equipped with three cranes the capacity to move 10-, 8-, and 6-ton loads.
The Port of Lorient handles sand and gravel at the Rohu Terminal to support local builders. The quay is 100 meters long and includes two delivery jibs. The port is constructing a new wharf to serve cargoes of sand and gravel. The Port of Lorient is also equipped to handle bulk cargoes like cement, tires, manures, calcium carbonate, and scrap. One bulk quay is 250 meters long with alongside depth of 9 meters, and the other is 150 meters long with alongside depth of 8.5 meters.
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