Independent Port of Strasbourg
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The Independent Port of Strasbourg (French: Port autonome de Strasbourg; P.A.S.) is a port on the Rhine river, in the city of Strasbourg, France. Created in 1926, it is a public transport hub under the control of the French transport ministry. The port is the second biggest river port of France after Paris, and the third largest port on the Rhine after Rotterdam and Duisburg. There are two terminals for containers equipped with 3 multimodal gantry cranes.
There are 320 companies located in this independent port, which employs 1,300 persons. The traffic in the port exceeded 6 billion tons for the first time in 1955. In 2009 the amount increased to 9 billion tons by river, 1.4 billion tons by train and 18 billion tons by truck. The main cargo is cereal, petrol products and gravel. Since 2008, the crane has a capacity of 460 tons to carry heavy cargo.
The traffic of containers is expanding, with 425,000 TEUs handled in 2012, and 50% of them were carried by river. On September 11, 2010, the port inaugurated a second gantry crane in the north container terminal, which means that today the port is equipped by 4 gantry cranes. A fifth crane should be installed to carry containers transported via rail at the end of 2013.
In the future, the port would like to create a new container terminal with a gantry crane in the area of Lauterbourg.
The independent port of Strasbourg controls Batorama, which is known for the visiting of Strasbourg in boat, more than 700,000 tourist use it each year. The company exploits a fleet of 9 ships.
The estate of the port includes several sites which range over a distance of 100 km, which together represent an area of 1,060 hectares with 200 hectares of docks. These sites include the main port of Strasbourg and other sites such as Lauterbourg lying along the Rhine.