Port of Bordeaux

Port of Bordeaux
Grand Port Maritime de Bordeaux
(GPMB, associated partner 14)



Bordeaux is a maritime port located on the largest estuary in Europe. This gives it the advantage of being able to serve a vast region located over 100 km from the sea with maritime transport. At present it handles over approximately 9 million tons of cargo each year, the equivalent of some 400,000 trucks loads that don’t need to take the South-West roads.
The Port of Bordeaux is a logistics and industrial platform, and it naturally chooses to promote maritime transport and deferring modality. This public state–owned company is the 6th of the French great maritime ports. Its mission is to manage the different port sites of the Gironde Estuary, create and develop industrial areas. It employs over 400 employees reaching an annual turnover of approximately M€ 45 and generates some 15,000 salaries on the South-West. Its regular lines serve, at fixed dates over 300 ports worldwide and its specialized facilities are permanently adapted to the regional economic activities with the support of the State, the Regional Council of Aquitaine, the General Council of the Gironde and Europe. Besides, it has an exceptional real estate (1,500 ha of land available) that enables it to play a powerful attractive role to companies creating jobs and traffic.
The main axes of its strategy concern maintaining the nautical accesses and continuously improving the handling of goods. Regarding the trade and development policy, the Port’s role is having an expertise in setting-up projects by reinforcing the role of private operators, more legitimate to assure the direct contact with the shippers customers and consumers.
Refocused on its core trade (port, industrial and logistics development), the land policy of the Port of Bordeaux protects its production patrimony whilst combining it harmoniously with natural spaces. A line of conduct which guided the negotiations, with the General Council of Charente Maritime Department and the Littoral Conservatory to transfer the management of banks, marinas and the islands of the estuary (approximately 1,500 ha) and with the city of Bordeaux to carry out the right bank estuary bank park in the very heart of the city. 
This action, and beyond it, that of all port activity meet the principles of sustainable development joining the protection of the environment, the protection of individuals and the economic development. It’s an area where the Port of Bordeaux has an unquestionable legitimacy.

To cater efficiently for its trade whether traditional or new, the Port of Bordeaux provides 6 specialised terminals: Le Verdon, Pauillac, Blaye, Ambès, Bassens and Bordeaux. To improve its competitiveness while protecting its environment, it invests about 15 million euros annually, to which investments made by private companies in the Port can be added. Bassens and le Verdon also cater for roll-on /roll-off handling (RO-RO system).
The Port of Bordeaux manages over 4000 hectares of land. Currently it can offer opportunities for plant location on around 1 500 hectares (of which almost 800 at Le Verdon). More or less close to port facilities, spread out among the different terminals, the Port of Bordeaux land areas are, mainly served by both road and rail. In addition, certain land areas are already provided with equipment or structures that would enable service or logistic companies as well as industries to locate rapidly.