Baptiste Maurand is the New Director of the Port of Le Havre

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Baptiste Maurand (left) takes over Hervé Martel at the head of the port of Le Havre.

The news was announced Tuesday 9th April, 2019: Hervé Martel, current director of HAROPA Le Havre (Seine-Maritime) leaves his post. He is replaced by Baptiste Maurand.

He will take his new position Monday, April 15, 2019: after seven years at the helm of HAROPA Le Havre , Hervé Martel leaves the ocean city direction the port of Marseille, which he will take the lead. It is the current assistant director, Baptiste Maurand , who will replace him.

A port “that goes very well”

And it is, according to Emmanuèle Perron, president of the supervisory board, the direction of a port in good health that Hervé Martel transmits. “The port is going well, it’s going very well,” she insisted before emphasizing the absolutely excellent financial results of this last term.

The proof of this is the MBA figures, the cash flow, ie the ability of a company to invest. From 18 million euros five years ago, it has increased to 55 million for the port of Le Havre.

What to give the new director wide bends to carry out the various files left on the table. Large shipyards are waiting for the port which is currently pursuing an investment program of 600 million euros.

600 million euros of investments

Among them, the creation of the famous ”  gatehouse  ” on the Port 2000, which must open access to the Seine for a budget of 125 million euros. A project on which Baptiste Maurand highlights “a significant advance with the award of 25 million by the European Commission” and whose “work should be completed in late 2023.”

Also on the menu, the development of two new berths, still on Port 2000, which should allow to increase traffic. Several applications are under consideration to award this concession by June to begin the work in September.

Other topics, including the installation of the offshore wind turbine plant by Siemens, or the more difficult of the merger of the ports of the Seine axis , the management of the multimodal terminal or the Brexit , are also on the busy agenda of the new management.

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