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September 4, 2019

Marseille Fos to be 1st Electric Port in Med

Pic:  Marseille Fos Port Authority

Pic: Marseille Fos Port Authority

The the main trade seaport of France, the Port of Marseille Fos has unveiled a new eco-friendly initiative that supports the port's goal of becoming the Mediterranean's first fully electric port by 2025.

Marseille Fos CEO Hervé Martel said: “We are convinced that ecological transition is the springboard to economic growth.  That’s why we are investing heavily to become the Mediterranean’s first 100% electric port by 2025."

Among a string of new eco-friendly initiatives, the Marseille Fos port authority is to spend EUR 20 million over the next six years to extend shore-side electrical connections for berthed vessels to every ferry, cruiseship and repair quay within the Marseille eastern harbour.

Already available on the Corsica ferry quays, the network will be expanded in two phases to cover North Africa ferry quays and the ship-repair hub by 2022 and the cruise terminal between 2022 and 2025.

The zero-emissions investment - backed by national and regional government – recognizes the need to maintain the port’s value to the economy while improving the city’s waterside air quality.