CMA CGM announced that it has been selected by the Port of Marseilles Authority as the winning bidder for a project to develop Europe’s largest dry dock located at the city’s north docks.
This ambitious and groundbreaking architectural project is comprised of two main parts: ’ Overhaul and development of ship repair operations of dock 10 to satisfy increasing demand for dry dock capacity for large merchant vessels and ferries in the Mediterranean. Berths able to accommodate vessels over 350 meters long are rare, and the impressive size of dock 10 ’ 465 meters long with 10 hectares of wharf area and a 17 m draft ’ offers huge potential. ’ The creation of a Yacht Port area in L’Estaque equipped with nearly 130 slips that can accommodate yachts up to 100 meters long. This vast marina project includes a hotel resort, shopping amenities and a yacht shipyard for the repair of pleasure craft. Very large vessels will be accommodated at existing facilities.
By creating a harmonious architectural framework that brings together operations for commercial and pleasure craft, the project will significantly contribute to the revitalization of Marseille’s image as a thriving hub of industry and tourism.
When possible, CMA CGM will seek the cooperation of local companies so that this initiative benefits all the region’s economic development.
Construction and overhaul work for the site is expected to take two to three years. Once operational, the new facilities will generate 800 jobs.
This project reflects CMA CGM Group’s dedication to promoting the image of Marseilles, historic home of CMA CGM since 1978, as an economic and maritime powerhouse.
This initiative goes hand in hand with CMA CGM’s strategy of guaranteeing dry dock capacity at a time when its fleet is experiencing rapid growth.
Finally, the project offers the perfect opportunity for CMA CGM to expand and add a new dimension to its tourism and cruise operations, which are already flourishing, led by its subsidiary La Compagnie des Iles du Ponant.