The no. 1 solution for importers of forest products
The deep-water maritime access and the large covered storage capacity (79,000 m² of buildings) are assets that make Port Atlantique La Rochelle the preferred option for importers of forest products.
In addition to these assets, the abundance of rail services makes it possible to supply paper pulp to a large hinterland up to the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. In 2019, paper pulp accounted for 10% of to and from rail freight traffic. This is intended in particular for the manufacture of the entire range of hygiene products required for national consumption.
For imports of wood (logs and sawn timber), the presence of companies providing all wood processing services (sawing, drying, storage, veneering, planning) in Charente-Maritime and Deux-Sèvres, consolidates the Port's position as a point of entry into the territory.
The Chef de Baie terminal currently consists of three berths. Two of them are essentially dedicated to the paper pulp industry and the third one to the cereal industry. Major investments are planned for this terminal as part of the significant development projects of "Port by 2025".
The objective is to turn it into a logistics hub for the import and maritime transhipment of paper pulp. The project calls for the construction of a new quay, "Chef de Baie 4", with a maximum length of 250 m to accommodate new-generation vessels. A 6-hectare platform will extend to the rear of this new quay.