The Port of Rouen is one of seven Grand Ports Maritime (GPM) created by the French parliament in July 2008. The GPMs are public administrative institutions. The Rouen Port Authority is governed by three bodies: an executive board with a state-designated president; a supervisory board with 17 members including representatives of state and local authorities and employees of the GPM; and a 40-member advisory development board including port stakeholders. The Port Authority for the Port of Rouen is responsible for managing maritime access to the port, safety and security, development and maintenance of port infrastructure, protection of natural areas within the port, development and management of industrial and logistics areas within the port, and general promotion of the port.
In 2007, total traffic through the Port of Rouen exceeded 22 million tons, with increases in all cargo groups but cereals. In 2007, the Port of Rouen handled liquid bulk cargoes that represented over half of the total cargo. Liquid bulk of 11.7 million tons included 9.5 million tons of refined petroleum products. Solid bulk cargoes of 7.6 million tons included 5.2 million tons of cereals. General cargoes of 2.9 million tons included 1.3 million tons of containerized cargo.
The Port of Rouen covers 3.5 hectares, including one hectare devoted to immediate port facilities. It includes 240 thousand square meters of storage warehouses, including capacity for 1.2 million tons of cereals, 860 thousand cubic meters of liquid bulk cargoes, and 160 thousand cubic meters of solid bulk cargoes.
The Port of Rouen‘s agricultural processing terminal includes the Senalia silo and the Saipol-Lesieur factory. The terminal covers 80 hectares and accommodates vessels with up to 10.5 meters draft. Cargoes handled at the terminal include cereals, cocoa oil cakes, and broad beans.
The Port of Rouen’s cereal terminals quays contain seven stations for ships with up to 10.3 meters draft. The terminals offer storage capacity for 1.2 million tons in eight maritime silos. The terminals also contain six river stations with grain elevators. Cargoes handled at the cereal terminals are mainly corn and barley, peas, and field beans.
The main cruise terminal at the Port of Rouen offers quays of 300 meters with alongside depth of 8.5 meters. A second terminal at the foot of the William the Conqueror Bridge has a quay of 250 meters with alongside depth of 8 meters. The third terminal at Honfleur can accommodate ships of 200 meters long with alongside depth of nine meters.
In addition to passengers, the Honfleur Terminals at the Port of Rouen handle forest products, dry and industrial bulk, and general cargoes. With connections to the country’s rail and highway networks, the terminals can accommodate vessels up to 40 thousand DWT. The Honfleur Terminals include two 122-meter wharves and one 136-meter wharf. The wharf area covers 65 hectares and contains 12 hectares in ten private warehouses and one four thousand square meter warehouse. The terminals offer 70 hectares of land for use for port-related activities.
The Port of Rouen’s Flour Terminal of Petit-Couronne has a quay of 630 meters with alongside depth of 10.5 meters and includes two warehouses of 4.2 thousand square meters. The terminal supports the transport of bags of flour to/from barges, trains, and ships.
The Sweetens Terminal of Rouen has direct connections with service roads accessible to bulk carriers and access to the nation’s highways. Offering a 725-meter quay with alongside depth of 10.5 meters, the terminal contains a 60-thousand ton storage bin and can receive sugar in bulk. It can also handle bagging of sugar.
The Port of Rouen’s Container Terminal at Grand Couronne has a 900-meter long quay with alongside depth of 10.5 meters. The terminal covers 23 hectares and six gantries for containers. The logistics platform at the Container Terminal covers 140 hectares with platforms for Renault ILN and Novandie, ten container warehouses of 70 thousand square meters, and four harbor hangars with offices.
The Container Terminal of the Quay of the West in the Port of Rouen covers 13 hectares and includes a 770-meter long quay with alongside depth of 9.8 meters and three warehouses of 10 thousand square meters. This terminal serves containerized cargo, heavy parcels, bulk flour, tubes, and other general cargo.
The Paper Terminal of Rouen-Quevilly handles imports of paper products including papers, pastes, and wood as well as exports of both containerized and conventional cargoes. The terminal has a 1.6 thousand meter long quay with alongside depth of 9.5 meters and three foot bridges for roll-on/roll-off cargoes. The terminal contains 40 hectares of quay levels and ten warehouses covering nine hectares.
The industrial bulk terminal at the Port of Rouen-Honfleur serves public and private harbor terminals with connections to industrial complexes and platforms. This terminal supports handling of oil products and chemicals, manures, aggregates, coal, slag, cements, peats, bauxite, atapulgite, salts, food liquids, and recycled materials.
The Port of Rouen’s Terminal of Saint-Wandrille handles a variety of bulk cargoes including sheet steels, steel reels, peat imports, aggregates, and compost. The terminal has a 650-meter long quay with alongside depth of 10 meters. The terminal contains 15 hectares of quay levels and a 600-square meter hangar.
The Terminals of Port Jerome includes seven private wharves with alongside depths up to 11 meters handling refined oil products, alcohols, and biofuels. The container terminal of Radicatel has a 410-meter long public quay for handling rolling stock and 14 hectares of quay levels. The Radicatel terminal specializes in containers, vehicles, cross-channel boats, and waste.
The Port of Rouen also contains naval repair facilities. The ship repair yard at Croisset includes four workshops used to maintain boats, dredgers, and handling and industrial repair equipment. The armament quay is 450 meters long with alongside depth of 5 meters. The floating dock in the Saint-Gervais basin serves ships to 10 thousand tons in a sheltered zone to provide emergency repairs and parts replacements, among other things.