Port of Cherbourg
Welcome to the Port of Cherbourg
Historic cross-Channel port and leading French port to Ireland, Cherbourg offers up to 5 rotations daily: Poole and Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries, Dublin with Irish Ferries, Rosslare with Stena Line and Guernesey with Condor Ferries. The port places at their disposal a 15 ha terminal and 3 boarding ramps.
Cherbourg is also a logistics and industrial hub penetrating the Channel, with enviable maritime qualities – a port accessible 24/7 and open to vessels that draw up to 14 m, a rich real estate offering, an exceptional harbour and direct links to major road and rail networks.
Specialising in the handling of hazardous goods (classes 1 and 7), and able to process large volumes of bulk, Cherbourg is also a port which is constantly adapting to the needs of the market. After reclaiming 39 ha from the sea and building a heavy-lift quay in order to accommodate the emerging marine renewable energy industry, Ports of Normandy will soon be installing a rail-road transport terminal linking Great Britain to the Southwest of France.
The Port of Cherbourg is also:
- The largest artificial harbour in Europe
- A marina with 1,600 berths protected from the swell and accessible 24/7
- A fishing port (scallops, squid, sole, shellfish, etc.) including a fish market which sells more than 5,000 tonnes of fish per year, caught by 7 deep-sea vessels and 50 coastal fishing vessels
- A cruise liner port enjoying constant growth (more than 60 vessels per year)
- A naval repair services centre of great quality, including a 3,000 tonne Syncrolift, 300 tonne Travelift...
An industrial port: shipbuilding and yacht building (CMN, Grand Large Yachting), marine renewable energy (GE-LM Wind Power), seafood processing (fish wholesaling, secondary processing, etc.).
Business Development Manager
Ports of Normandy directs operations (delegated to our port operators) and policing (harbourmasters).
Harbourmaster's office organises the berthing and movements of vessels in the harbour, is responsible for the surveillance and security of the port and its facilities, and enjoys regulatory and policing powers.
This service is provided by Normandie Tug services
This service is provided by the teams of Cherbourg Port
The pilots of the Syndicat du Pilotage de Cherbourg guide vessels into the harbours.
Brittany Ferries plans to run a train daily between Bayonne and Cherbourg-en-Cotentin in both directions, thus moving 20,000 heavy goods vehicle trailers through the port. Currently 50,000 trailers move through the port annually.
By connecting Spain to England and Ireland through a combination of road, rail and maritime transport, the port and the ferry operator not only ensure their financial future, but also bring a concrete solution to the pressing question of energy transition: 1 tonne of CO2 per trailer. By developing this type of traffic, Ports of Normandy aims to establish the Port of Cherbourg’s position in cross-Channel trade.
To give substance to the project, Ports of Normandy intends to develop in the ferry terminal, that is to say as close as possible to the ferry loading ramps, a rail-road transport platform which can process ®Lohr-type wagons. Works to build the terminal should get underway this year and be completed by 2024.
Given that the project is a major investment, a public consultation was organised between 20 June to 15 July 2022 so that the project could be presented to local residents, the inhabitants of Cherbourg, to the stakeholders of the port and all those who will be impacted by the project.
Ports of Normandy chose very early on to invest massively in adapting its infrastructures to the needs expressed by the offshore bottom-fixed wind turbine industry. In the Port of Cherbourg we extended the port by 39 ha so that industrial operators could use 100 ha of hardstanding devoted to marine renewable energies and a heavy-lift quay able to accommodate up to 50 tonnes per m². Today, Cherbourg is home to numerous industrial operators which are involved in the manufacture of bottom-fixed wind turbines for Saint-Brieuc, Courseulles-sur-Mer and Fécamp as well as the LMWP factory which makes blades for the Haliade X-14MW.
Ever the pioneer, Ports of Normandy intends to continue the adaptation of its infrastructure so that it can meet the needs of the floating wind turbine sector. Calls for tenders are emerging and the industry is beginning to express its needs for manufacturing floating platforms (which can measure up to 100 m²), launching them and installing the wind turbines on them. The major part of tomorrow’s wind turbine market will be floating turbines. For Ports of Normandy this means exploiting the existing investments and consolidating them so they can satisfy the new needs. Surveys will be undertaken to prepare the ground for these investments.
In order to be able to accommodate in optimal conditions 200 m and longer Ro-Ro vessels, Ports of Normandy will be adapting one of its mooring stations (station 4). The aim is to allow such vessels to maintain their position alongside in complete safety, including in unfavourable wind conditions.
To achieve this, Ports of Normandy will be erecting a new set of mooring dolphins (piles driven into the seabed) situated 18 m to the west of the berthing wall. The mooring station will be equipped with a platform to allow the linesman to work safely. The platform will have one or two mooring hooks. Additionally, two new gangways will link the current turning station with this new mooring station.