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The commercial port of Sète, versatile traffic and responsive teams

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The port of Sète-Frontignan is the second deepwater port on the French Mediterranean coast and the second most decentralized port in terms of global trafic. Thanks to its high-quality infrastructure and specialized tooling, it has grown steadily since 2007, when ownership was transferred to the Languedoc-Roussillon Region, which became the Occitanie Region in January 2016.

Relying on the specialization of its 10 port terminals spread over 5 basins and the know-how of local teams – vertical handling by Port de Sète Sud de France crane operators and horizontal handling by private dockworkers – the commercial port of Sète is able to meet the needs of its ship-owning and shipper customers, to be responsive and to handle all types of traffic (heavy lift, vehicles, rolling freight, solid bulk, liquid bulk, containers ….).

In 2022, over 5.3 million tonnes of goods passed through the commercial port of Sète.

A growing multimodal logistics offering

With a port perimeter covering more than 200 hectares, the Port of Sète offers a multimodal approach to serving a local and more distant hinterland. It offers a massified offer for most of the goods flows transiting through it, both by river and by rail, factors of competitiveness and modal shift that meet the challenges of the energy transition.

Ideally located just 8 km from the A9 freeway, it is also connected to the rail network by an intra-port rail line owned by the Occitanie Region, and easily accessible by river from the Rhône-Sète canal, with a carrying capacity of 1,500 tonnes.

Rail at the Port of Sète today:

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Rail traffic breakdown

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  • 42km of port railroads,
  • 4 Private Plug-In Terminal (PIT),
  • A fast connection to the national grid (RFN) located 2km from the port,
  • Smooth access to the national rail network (in both directions),
  • The creation of an intermodal zone on the 6-hectare port, to be delivered in 2021 and capable of loading 3 simultaneous 700m trains,
  • A terminal soon to be equipped with VIIA’s pivoting wagon technology,
  • Regular rail freeway services: 3 services a week to Calais, 3 services a week to Paris-Valenton and one service a week to Poznan in Poland,

  • Loading/unloading of over 40,000 ITUs annually,

  • Services for loading bulk goods, including 3 train connections a week to Tonneins (Lot-et-Garonne) and Portes-Lès-Valence (Drôme).

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Today, river transport at the Port of Sète is :

  • A gateway to the Rhône valley, the Lyon region and Burgundy (63 km on the Rhône-Sète canal, including 1 lock and 8 waiting berths),
  • A multimodal tool that complements the railways, generating maritime traffic and economic activities that contribute to the port’s attractiveness,
  • A modal shift tool that helps reduce heavy goods vehicle traffic in the region,
  • Regular, diversified flows: over 100,000 tonnes/year of aggregates, animal feed, cereals, heavy packages, coke and clinker,
  • A project to modernize the canal to maintain a carrying capacity of between 1,200 and 1,500 tonnes.



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