Le Havre

Gateway to the world

A European-scale operational port, logistics and industrial complex, the Le Havre region benefits from its proximity to the Île-de-France – serving as an exceptional maritime gateway to the world. It is the bridgehead for Seine Gateway®, a major corridor of economic and urban development linking Paris and the Seine Valley to a network of major international sea ports.

The Le Havre region’s undeniable geographical advantages and its high-performance port infrastructure linking it to 500 ports worldwide are further enhanced by its open pioneering outlook fostering construction of a dense, industrial fabric uniting high-tech and forward-looking industries on an international scale.

The region has acquired a worldwide reputation for expertise in the energy, aeronautics, mechanical engineering or logistics industries. Major multinationals in these fields have been attracted to Le Havre from where they conduct their business across 5 continents.

In parallel, the Le Havre region has extended its pioneer approach and developed skills in new industries, notably marine energies. From 2016 industrial platforms will operate on a Europe-wide scale dedicated to offshore wind-farms and circular economy.

Located at the center of the world-famous Normandy coastline, Le Havre and its conurbation are experiencing a strong growth in tourism and in particular, an exponential growth in cruises (247,600 passengers in 2013, that is +10% compared with 2012). The area is popular with both French and overseas visitors. It was further enhanced by the 2005 classification of the reconstructed city center as part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Major facilities have been built and contribute to the reputation and raised profile of the area.

The city of Le Havre is committed to an ambitious urban modernization and renewal program with the construction of new facilities benefiting residents, businesses and tourism.

Among the most remarkable projects in recent years: the stations zone business quarters combining tertiary centers and enterprises, hotels and urban transport networks; the construction of two tramways; the rehabilitation of the former port neighborhoods in the south of the city; the renovation of the old city and the Northern area; the creation of a new quarter in the Northwest area including an eco-village of 1,200 homes and the construction of a new access to the city and the building of the Stade Océane, the first energy-plus stadium of its kind in France.

Key figures

  • 1ST ranked French port for foreign trade and container traffic
  • Added-value of the Le Havre port/industrial complex: €3.7 billion
  • Seine Valley: 33% of French GDP
  • Nearly 1 billion Euros of urban investment over the last 5 years

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