Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
The relevance of PNA’s development strategy was confirmed in 2017 with the construction of two blade and marine turbine plants in Cherbourg; a growing ship repair business; cruising which continues to break records and a level of cross-Channel traffic which, despite an uncertain environment (Brexit, pressure from migration, the weak pound, and so forth), continues to instil the ferry companies’ trust as they prepare to put vessels of greater capacity into service and to increase the number of port calls.
It is reported that from1 January 2019, PNA and the Port of Dieppe – both chaired by Hervé Morin – will become one, with the objective of offering an even greater contribution to Normandy’s economic development.
A reflection on the past year’s business takes account of commercial, cruising and fisheries aspects
After three successive years of progress at an average of almost 5% per year, passenger traffic is slightly down (-2.61%).
Brexit and, as a consequence, the negative effect on the pound for British tourists, explain this situation. It should be noted, however, that passenger traffic is holding up very well in Ireland and cruise shipping continues to flourish (+24.21%).
Freight traffic is being maintained (-0.32%) with particularly good results on cross-Channel routes (+3.51% at Caen-Ouistreham and +6.97% in Cherbourg).
Caen-Ouistreham still remains by far the busiest route to the west of the Dover Strait
PNA has registered a new record in 2017 with a growth of 24.21% and 130,424 passengers. That is approximately 25,000 more cruise passengers than the previous year. The new record is linked to strong market dynamics, the quality of the welcome and the nautical accessibility of the port of Cherbourg, which can accommodate the largest cruise ships in the world such as Queen Mary 2. Thirty-five cruise ships were received in 2017, including around ten with a capacity of more than 3,000 passengers.
After a difficult year in 2016, the Cherbourg fish market halted its downturn and stabilised its activity with a tonnage of 5,508 tonnes (+ 1.08%), even when the average price remained at a sustained level: € 2.69/Kg (+0.49 %).
Arrival of Maribelise, bringing the Cherbourg flotilla to seven vessels, has just compensated for the technical stops of other offshore vessels which explains the lack of significant increase in tonnage. At the port of Caen-Ouistreham, 1,737 tonnes were declared at the weighing terminal, which represents a notable increase.
Thanks to an exceptional scallop campaign, the port has enjoyed a high level of landings.
Employment and investment
Owner and manager of the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, Ports of Normandy Authority are: 5,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs/ € 200 M invested in Normandy (2007-2017)/ 100 ha used for marine renewable energy/ 5 million tonnes of goods a year/ 1.7 million cross-channel passengers a year/ 2,400 pleasure boat moorings/ ¼ of fishing tonnage declared in Normandy/ nearly 100 ha of land available/ a complete naval repair offering.
PNA is the regional alliance in Normandy of La Manche and Calvados Départments.
For a forecast of PNA plans for 2018 readers are invited to see: http://www.pna-ports.fr/upload/editeur/20180124-activity-report.pdf
It was reported from Cape Town towards the end of May that South Africa is emerging as a hub of training in marine aids to navigation (AtoNs) for other developing countries keen to establish their maritime transport sector as a safe, secure and environmentally sound pillar of socio-economic growth. This was clear from an address by David Gordon, Executive Manager: Lighthouse and Navigational Systems (LNS) of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) at the Pre-Conference Forum of the 19th IALA Conference in Incheon, Republic of Korea on 26 May.
More than 500 delegates attended the 19th IALA Conference which was held in the port city of Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 26 May to 2 June 2018.
A total of 94 technical presentations were made in 13 technical sessions and two special sessions over four days, and Conference participants were able to see and discuss the latest developments in aids to navigation and VTS technology in the large industrial exhibition, where a record number of IALA Industrial Members exhibited.