The EU’s TEN-T Programme will invest nearly €550,000 in a design and safety study to welcome ultra-large container ships in the Port of Dunkirk in northern France.
Ultra-large (about 400m long) container ships, becoming increasingly popular for goods transportation, often require adaptation of the maritime access to ports.
This project features technical design and safety studies preparing the necessary adaptation works for the Port of Dunkirk. It will come up with technical surveys, specifications, a cost analysis, final planning, as well as preparation of the procurement procedure.
The studies will contribute to increased access capacity and container traffic to the port’s west container terminal. It will result in a more sustainable and safer port access and smoother manoeuvring of ships.
The project was selected for EU funding with the assistance of external experts under the TEN-T Annual Call 2013, priority ‘Maritime transport’. Its implementation will be monitored by INEA, the European Commission’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency.
This project is to be completed by December 2015.