Marseille-Fos Port

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Marseille Fos port
Marseille harbour mg 6383.jpg
Container ship in the east basin (Marseille)
LocationMarseille, Fos-sur-Mer
Coordinates43°12′11″N 5°12′04″E / 43.2031°N 5.2010°E / 43.2031; 5.2010
Opened15th century (quays construction)
Type of harborgrand port maritime
Vessel arrivals~10,000 (2019)
Annual cargo tonnageDecrease 79 million tonnes (2019)[1]
Annual container volumeIncrease 1,454,621 TEU (2019)
Passenger trafficIncrease 3.1 million (2019)

Marseille Fos Port (French: Grand port maritime de Marseille, or Great Seaport of Marseille) is the main trade seaport of France. In 2011, the port had an overall traffic of 88 million tons. It was also one of the 15 world's largest cruise ports and the fifth-largest in the Mediterranean.

It has two main sites: in northern Marseille from La Joliette to l'Estaque as well as in Fos-sur-Mer, about 50 km (31 mi) north west of Marseille. The port generates 41,500 jobs[2] has an annual turnover of €169.5 million[3] and a traffic of €4 billion according to an OECD study.[4]

The port is the biggest French port, the third biggest Mediterranean port and the seventh biggest European port, transporting 79 million tons of goods in 2019,[3] making it the 41st port in the world.[citation needed]


Historically the local port was the Old Port of Marseille. In the 1840s, maritime traffic becomes too intense for the Old Port capacities and an extension seemed necessary. As second port of France, the issue was too important and the decision escaped the city by the law of August 5, 1844. The government ordered the construction of the basin of la Joliette, at the north of the Old Port, through an ambitious project (13 million francs). The construction of the large mole used concrete blocks techniques. The Joliette infrastructures began to be used in 1847. The pool was fully completed in 1853.

The Development Council for the metropolitan area of Marseille-Provence has studied the creation of a technopole, or technoport, to redynamise the port activities. It would include the capacity to repair ships over 270 m (885 ft or 295 yd) long, offshore wind turbines and other innovative technologies.[5]

Traffic statistics[edit]

Port traffic
General cargo (tons) Containers (TEU) Passengers
2010 86 M 953,435 2.06 M
2011 88 M 944,047 2.3 M
2012 85.79 M 1,062,408 2.4 M
2014 78.52 M 1,179,910 2.5 M
2018 80.45 M 1,407,387 3.01 M
2019 78.89 M 1,454,621 3.13 M


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  2. ^ "LA LOGISTIQUE EN RÉGION SUD PROVENCE-ALPES COTE D'AZUR". AGAM: Agence d'urbanisme de l'agglomération marseillaise (in French). January 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Port de Marseille Fos - Grand Port Maritime de Marseille -". (in French). Retrieved 2020-06-14.
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  5. ^ (in French) Avis - Vers la création d'un technoport sur le territoire Marseille-Povence Archived 2016-03-06 at the Wayback Machine, Conseil de Développement Marseille-Provence Métropole, June 2013.