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Larger cruise ships coming to Normandy as Haropa extends quays of the Seine (*updated*)

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The maximum length of ships that can currently call at Rouen is 240 mtr
Haropa - Port of Rouen will welcome cruise ships of up to 250mtr at its cruise terminal from spring 2023, as it extends the quays of the Seine.

The project will begin in winter 2021 and be carried out in two phases to prevent disruption to 2022 cruise calls.

The first will involve works relating directly to the quay: from December 2021 to April 2022, land works will take place with priority given to cruise ships, preventing disruption.

The second phase consists of works to the rived bed. Taking place in winter – also in consideration of cruise operations – they are estimated to run from November 2022 to May 2023. Cruise vessels will be unable to call during that time, with all such requests to be considered on a case-by-case basis, with alternative arrangements made where necessary.

Existing specification

The maximum length of ships that Rouen can currently accept is 240mtr.

The dedicated 24-hour cruise terminal has two berths, with the largest ship ever to call being Nippon Yusen Kaisha’s Asuka II, which measures 241mtr in length.

Renovation

Rouen Seine riverfront was recently renovated, enabling cruise passengers to pass through gardens and engage in activities before reaching the city center.

Rouen, the Seine Valley and Honfleur belong to Haropa Rouen Port Authority; vessels are charged only once when entering its waters.

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