Port of Boulogne-sur-Mer

Located in the immediate vicinity of the busiest navigation channel in the world, strategically located on the Northern range, the commercial port has high-performance fixed lifting equipment offering a quality service and large storage capacity, adapted to all types of traffic and enabling users to transit their goods at the port terminal in the best conditions. The Port of Boulogne-sur-Mer is ranked among Europe’s top centres for the processing, distribution and commercialisation of Seafood Products. 

With 380,000 tonnes coming in every year, the Seafood Products sector makes Boulogne-sur-Mer a major logistics platform. A new Hub Port has been opened in September 2009. This Terminal is equipped with a very innovative Double Deck Ro-Ro linkspan to receive ROPAW up to 240m and high speed vessels. At the meeting point of the fishing areas and the consumer markets, the Port of Boulogne-sur-Mer occupies a key position in the international fish and seafood market.  It is a leading fishing port in France with a diversified fleet of almost 150 boats.  Over 70 species unloaded and sold at the fish auction (Halle à Marée) every day. In addition, Boulogne-sur-Mer is a leading European Seafood products centre with over 140 companies. 

As a major fish processing centre, the Port of Boulogne-sur-Mer hosts a cluster of sea fish processing industries from catch to the processing, commercialisation and distribution of Seafood Products, from training to research and development.  With its unique supply and distribution logistics service and large capacity for refrigerated warehousing and packaging of fresh and frozen products, with 380,000 tonnes of Seafood products brought to the Port of Boulogne-sur-Mer every year.  The strength of a network of companies on a single site where all activities in the Seafood Products sector are present and interconnected is an added value feature for the Port of Boulogne-sur-Mer


The final event of the FLIP project - 'OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH IN SMALL & MEDIUM SIZED PORTS IN EUROPE' took place in Brussels on Wednesday 27th May, 2015.  The event was attended by over 60 people from the project and beyond to hear about some of the experiences and study work that has been exchange over the last two and half years.  With an intensive series of exchanges and studies the FLIP project has sought to target some of the structural weaknesses of the Channel regions small and medium sized ports and has promoted a sharing of knowledge to look at the longer term socio-economic, technical and regulatory challenges that could confront the Channel ports in the next few years.  If you would like further information all the presentations for the final event are online and accessible.  Please do not hesitate to contact us via the contact form if you have further queries.

04/02/2015 to 05/02/2015

FLIP partners met in Saint Brieuc on 4th and 5th February to discuss the options available to Ports like Saint Brieuc Le Legue and the experiences of the other French and UK partners gained through their recent studies and events.  Opening the conference Ramon Van Barnveld, representing DG Maritime Affairs & Fisheries from the European Commission spoke of the importance of Blue Growth and the European Strategy for the Atlantic Area.  The conference was opened by Michel Bremont, Vice-Président, Conseil général des Côtes d'Armor who welcomed the FLIP partners to Saint Brieuc and exchange views on the opportunities to further development and diversify the local maritime economy.  The first session focused on the Adaptation and long term perspectives for port infrastructures. Speakers included Louis Laurent Dupont from Marseille and the Association of Ports – Towns who presented the innovative findings of a recent study on the strategic options for the future development of medium and large sized port towns in France.  Louis was followed by a UK speaker from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s infrastructure development division, Adam Littlejohn who spoke about an academic investigative study into the nature of the United Kingdom’s Maritime asset.  He spoke about changing government policies, the need for a clear national plan in next 50 to 100 years, redressing investment backlogs, making policy makers better understand the investment lag and benefits from investments. In particular Adam made the case for port stakeholders better articulating their needs and the contribution they make economically to the local economy.  The FLIP project is presently carrying out two economic impact studies on either side of the Channel in order to formulate a series of recommendations for the final event. 

14/01/2015 to 15/01/2015

APLM hosted a successful workshop for port representatives from the Channel region where the subject was preparation for the new generation of EU funding programmes 2014-2020 that are now comiming on stream. On Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th of January 2015. over 25 ports from France and the UK were represented at the workshop.  During 8 sessions the workshop looked in detail at the emerging arrangements for new programmes and provided a concrete case study of a ports that had successfully led or participated in a project funded on one of the 2007-13 programmes.  The FLIP project has provided essential funding to allow the event to be interpretated simultaneuosly and allow boith Channel French and UK small medium sized ports to discuss with each other the emerging funding opportunities. Presentations from the event are attached below.


The event was hosted in Brussels with a view to raising the profile of small & medium sized ports within the emerging EU Maritime and ports policies.  With a new strategy framework for the development of local ports emerging in the fields of marine renewables energies and short sea shipping, local and regional ports need to feel that they too have a place in this new policy framework at the European level.

14/10/2014 to 16/10/2014

Hosted in Ouistreham from 14th to 16th October 2014FLIP port partners participated in a workshop into the preparation of communications actions that might arise in their day to day activities or during the planning & consultation periods prior to investment projects between implemented.  In particular these project require effective stakeholder consultation with good prep


60 participants attended a cross border workshop hosted by the Port of Newhaven  - "Port planning and development for a sustainable future"  The cross border workshop, took place in Brighton on Wednesday 10th December 2014.  The event was opened by Norman Baker MP, the Member of Parliament for Lewes.  A number of English and French speakers provided a detailed insight in the field of port masterplanning and presentations were given about a number of the FLIP projects key studies including the smart energy audits of the UK partner ports.


The FLIP project was launch in Fecamps.  Partners met formally for the fist time where representatives of the FLIPm partner partners had the opportunity to present their planned studies and events.  As part of an innovative consultation mechanism, partners were invited to provide input to each others studies and event preparations.  The first partner steering committee met and discussed issues such as reporting, procurement the preparation of terms of reference, prior experience from each of the partner ports.

As part of its activity " Modeling and Simulation of Industrial Processes " performs the Isel three operational flow studies for the ports of Newhaven , Treport and Boulogne- sur-Mer. The objective is to design for each port , an aid to the decision, which will allow them to cope with changes in traffic and changes in facilities and infrastructure.

Antoine Kauffmann, Engineer at ISEL, University of Le Havre, has started developing an innovative digital tool called Seaport Matrix Analysis. The tool is designed to allow the evaluation and identification of the different economic activities in Channel ports. The tool will be able to the balance between different economic activities on which a port depends. The ultimate goal is to facilitate the planning and organisation of ports in order to promote economic growth in the medium and long term.