Calais Port 2015 project officially complete

After six years of construction, the new Port of Calais was officially inaugurated on September 9, 2021.

Considered as one of the largest European port infrastructure projects of the decade, the new port was inaugurated in the presence of Louis Le Franc, prefect of Pas-de-Calais; Xavier Bertrand, president of the Hauts-de-France region; Natacha Bouchart, Mayor of Calais, President of Grand Calais Terres & Mers; and Jean-Marc Puissesseau, President of the Societe d’Exploitation des Ports du Detroit.

Actual work on the Calais Port 2015 scheme began in September 2016 with the stone laying ceremony that was held in the presence of the French President, François Hollande.

Overall this capital development project included construction of a new 3 kilometer seawall; development of a basin covering 170 hectares; the construction of three new ferry berths and a roll-on/roll-off berth inside the harbor basin; new quayage which will provide the space required for the efficient integration of intermodal rail-road-sea infrastructure (Rail and Sea Motorways); 4 million cubic meters of dredging works; and development of new cross-Channel traffic reception capacities including parking facilities, roads as well as roughly twenty operational and reception buildings.

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