Marseille Fos Port Authority


  • 1st port in France with a total of 86 million tons in 2010
  • 3rd oil port worldwide after Rotterdam and Houston
  • 5th European port after Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg and Amsterdam
  • 1,500 employees for a turnover of 172 million euros

It is a general purpose port given its 24 different activities distributed along its entire area stretching from Marseilles to Port Saint Louis du Rhône via Martigues:

  • 880,000 containers
  • More than 2 million passengers including 639,000 cruise passengers
  • More than 4 million roll-on/roll-off freight cargos More than 57 million tons of hydrocarbons are handled by the facilities
  • One of the world's largest sectional dry docks - Form 10: 465 meters long, 85 meters wide, 11 meters draught

East docks (Marseilles): 392 hectares (1000 hectares including water stretches)

West docks: 10,000 hectares (25,000 hectares including water stretches) more than 60 kilometers of quayside in all distance of 70 km between the two docks

One of the strengths of the Port of Marseilles with its ideal geographical position for north/south and east/west trade is that all goods are conveyed by pipeline, gas line, land, rail or river.

As the No. 5 port in Europe, Marseille Fos port affirms its position as a major player in the Euro-Mediterranean domain, with the adequate infrastructure and space to accommodate all types of traffic, including miscellaneous and container goods, dry bulk, liquid bulk, ro-ro, cars, conventional traffic, passenger traffic and cruise traffic. Marseille Fos port is constantly investing and innovating to satisfy the demand generated by international maritime transport development.

The port is working with its partners to implement projects firmly focused on the medium and long term, targeting niches of activity which are experiencing strong development (energy, logistics and combined transport) and promise to generate traffic, growth and employment (41,000 jobs linked to port activity). Conscious of its role as corporate citizen, the Port gives priority to initiatives which reconcile economic, social and environmental issues.

These powerful initiatives propel actions focused on mode transfer, promoting rail and inland waterway transport strictly bound to land management.

Marseille port’s 10,000 hectares of land, unique in Europe, facilitate the growth and development of new industrial and logistics activities. Through its sustainable growth and development plan, the port has made major commitments to limit the impact of its facilities on air, water and land, and to respect local communities, protect biodiversity, promote energy conservation and guarantee efficient waste management.

Port Autonome of Marseille and University of Provence, French partners of the Apice project, will benefit of the assistance of AtmoPACA for the development of the project in the Area of Marseille.

More info on atmoPACA.