Situated at the heart of one of the world’s busiest economic zones, the Port of Calais is the leading French port and second European port for passengers. In order to increase its currently insufficient capacity, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region chose to adapt port infrastructures to new maritime traffic data by launching a consultation for the public service delegation operating the ports of Boulogne-sur-Mer and Calais, for a period of fifty years.
The Société des Ports du Détroit concluded a design-construction contract with the consortium of companies, of which Bouygues Travaux Publics is representative, to modernize the Port of Calais. This includes:
- Constructing a new sea dyke, approximately 3 kilometres in length, that will accommodate a new 110-hectare port basin to the north of present-day installations.
- Constructing three new ferry terminals and a ro-ro terminal, inside the basin.
- Dredging 4 million cubic metres to make up the new quay level.
- Constructing new reception capacities for cross-channel traffic including 44 hectares of platforms and roadways, as well as some twenty operating and reception buildings.