Port Navy Services is taking the next step in its development by creating a floating port with new cargo handling capacities. An interview with its president, Philip Froment.
Since its inception in 1993, Port Navy Services has grown steadily to become the largest dry port in Europe.
Installed on a 22-hectare park, Port Navy Services is equipped to accommodate boats ranging in length from 8 to 35 meters.
In order to best meet the needs of yachtsmen, the Port Navy Service is home to several service companies: mechanics, riggers, electricians, fenders, and the Accastillage Diffusion ship lift.
The 16,000 m² buildings also house a restaurant and a yacht club.
New handling facilities
In February 2020, a new gantry crane equipped with a 50 tonne hoist was already installed. It is capable of handling vessels weighing up to 120 tons.
This powerful lifting equipment was connected to a dock capable of accommodating vessels up to 8.15 meters wide.
These new loading and unloading facilities will complement the Parklev trailers capable of transporting catamarans up to 25 tonnes.
Today, the dock houses about 200 catamarans.
The telescopic crane can also handle masts up to 40 meters long.
Finally, this device is equipped with a 10-meter ramp with a useful passage of 13 meters.
“Thanks to all these properties, we offer unique services in the Mediterranean,” says Philippe Froment, “but we have not revolutionized anything..
We are gradually developing our infrastructure, closely following the evolution of the yacht market.
In 2020, we launched a new 8 hectare warehouse after careful work to ensure the stability of the soil on this site and numerous studies to make this possible..
We have installed water and electricity networks to supply yachts on land, as well as a network of CCTV cameras.
This new area allows us to maintain about 600 additional boats. "
New floating port
And Philip Froment does not intend to stop there.
He plans to create a new floating port with a hundred or so berths in the bay in front of the current dry port.
Thus, Port Navy Services will provide yachtsmen with about fifty berths afloat and about fifty more berths will be available for yacht professionals.
With an available depth of 8 meters, this new port, due to open in 2023, will be able to moor large vessels.
“We are trying to develop a company with a long-term vision so that our infrastructure is best integrated into the local environment.
In the next 5 years, we plan to invest about 9 million euros.
Our floating port will be designed on piles, not underwater anchors.
Thanks to the dynamism and support of the City Council of the Porta Saint-Louis du Rhône, we are integrating our project into the project of the municipality, which aims to create a major center for water sports, and thus continue to attract new clients from abroad.
Our clientele consists of 65% from French or Mediterranean neighbors and 35% from Northern Europe.
Today we are a team of 9 employees who are exclusively involved in the management of the port. "
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