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.
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 traffic breakdown
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).