Contargo wins container terminal extension


Logistics provider Contargo North France has won the Europe-wide tender for extension of operations of a Ports de l’Escaut container terminal.

Located at the quayside of Bruay-sur-l’Escaut/Saint-Saulve near Valenciennes, the newly-signed agreement came into force on 1 January 2022, and lasts for 15 years.

The container terminal Escaut Valenciennes Conteneurs Terminal (EVCT), which went into operation in 2015, is growing continually, Contargo wrote in a social media post.

Today, the terminal has an annual handling capacity of 140,000 TEU.

Managing Director of Contargo North France Gilbert Bredel, and Bruno Fontaine, Managing Director of Syndicat Mixte Docks Seine Nord Europe Escaut, were pictured signing the contract for the lease.

“With the extension of the agreement, Contargo commits itself to the ongoing development of the container terminal and its multimodal transport activities,” Contargo wrote.

The terminal benefits from the growth of road/barge combined transport, and an offer of combined rail transport is planned, the logistics firm added.

In the short term various investments are planned in handling equipment, including a new reach stacker and a second portal crane.

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