3rd French Mediterranean port

Port-la-Nouvelle is France’s 3rd largest commercial port on the Mediterranean, ranks second for hydrocarbon imports (9th French port) and is N° 1 for grain exports.

Supported by modern port facilities, Port-la-Nouvelle is well known for its remarkable reliability. In 2010, the total traffic increased by + 8.81% and + 3.55% in 2011. The year 2012 decreased by 9% due to a wheat production particularly affected by weather conditions. However, cereals out, the tonnage increased by 7%. In 2013, the activity increased again by + 1,8% (1 972 759 tons).

Owned by the Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Government Council, the port is managed by the Chamber of Commerce of Narbonne, Lézignan-Corbières and Port-la-Nouvelle as part of a public service delegation agreement.

Port-la-Nouvelle is also the second largest fishing port in French Med and a marina of 250 berths.


A link between Europe and all Mediterranean markets

Located between Marseille and Barcelona, Port-la-Nouvelle is a natural gateway between Europe and the Mediterranean markets. The port is linked to the A9 motorway (Spain to Italy) with inter-motorway junctions to the A61 (30 mn), A75 (1 h 30) and A7 (3 hrs). Rail deliveries can be arranged directly from the port to a wide range of destinations, particularly Northern Europe, backed up by a network of international logistics centers located at Perpignan and Le Boulou (Spanish border).

Traffics mainly concern the Mediterranean Rim, Northern Europe and West Coast Africa.




Multipurpose activities and specialised terminals

Port-la-Nouvelle is very polyvalent and handles all kinds of commodities including hydrocarbons (refined products), biofuels, gas, liquid bulk, dry bulk (fertilizers, cement, minerals, clay, chemical products), grain (wheat, maize, barley), agricultural products (sunseed oilcakes, peas, animal feed), bagged and palletized cargoes (wheatflour), forest products (sawn timber, woodchips), steel (coils, plates, aluminium bars), industrial goods as well as heavy-lifts. 

All operations are performed at specialised terminals :

  • 1 berth for hydrocarbon, gas and liquids (3 connections).
  • 1 berth for cereal export (gantry of 1,000 MT per hour) and clinker.
  • 1 second berth for cereal (gantry of 800 MT per hour).
  • 3 berths spreacialised for dry bulk and general cargo + 1 roro ramp.
  • Electric shore cranes ranging from 10 to 40 MT lifting capacity.
  • Over 20,000 m2 of covered storage with 4 sheds (including 2 warehouses for dry bulk).
  • Storage capacity of the silos is 75,600 MT.
  • 80,000 m3 storage capacity at the liquid terminal.
  • Watchmen 24/24.
  • All storage yards under closed circuit video + ISPS certification.

The port receives vessels up to 145 meters Length Over All  x 22 m Breadth Over All with 8 m draft, 120 m LOA at the gas terminal and up to 190 m LOA x 31,30 m BOA with 11,60 m draft at the sealine. See details at port restrictions.