Port of Calais is set to become the largest container port in the world
A French port has announced it will become the world’s largest container terminal, taking over the capacity of the already overcrowded Port of Dover, the French port said on Wednesday.
The Port of Cote d’Azur in the western province of Aquitaine will become Cote D’Azure, the state-owned Canal Plus said in a statement.
The announcement was welcomed by the United Nations and other governments that rely on container traffic in Europe.
“Today’s announcement is the biggest and most important step in the port’s transformation,” it said.
“With Cote de Azure, we have reached a critical juncture.
The port is at the heart of the region and a major commercial hub.”
The port will now have capacity of 1.2 million containers a day, up from 1.1 million a day last year.
It will be the second-largest container port after the German port of Heidelberg, which currently has 1.5 million containers.
It is also the biggest port of its kind in Europe and has a total of 2.2 billion euros ($2.5 billion) in annual revenue.