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The Port Community of Marseille Fos: Fostering innovation

The Port of Marseille Fos is a key multi-purpose port in the south of France. The port has been resilient throughout 2020 against the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and with investments planned into the next five years is embarking on a modernisation and development path.

The Port continued to operate ships and cargo with a good fluidity throughout 2020 and although it experienced a decrease of 13% of total cargo throughput for the year the Port showed its capacity to resist and keep customers satisfied.

“The main point to highlight is the strong cohesion within the community of port companies, and local authorities through a ‘Marseille-Fos commitment Pact’, which made this resilience possible. For instance, we were the first French port to successfully import masks for port workers. Moreover, our port community has set up commercial incentives on port duties, storage charges and port services during 2020 to enhance the recovery,” explained Marie-Hélène Pasquier, Secretary General, Union Maritime et Fluviale (UMF), and Senior Member, Via Marseille Fos (VMF).

Interview with Marie-Hélène Pasquier, Secretary General, Union Maritime et Fluviale (UMF), and Senior Member, Via Marseille Fos (VMF)

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