Marseille-Fos Port

Marseille Fos Port (French: Marseille-Fos Port , gold Great Seaport of Marseille) is the main trade seaport of France . In 2011, the port had an overall traffic of 88 million tones. It was also one of the world’s largest and fifth largest in the Mediterranean .

It has two main locations: in northern Marseille from La Joliette to Estaque as well as in Fos-sur-Mer , about 50 km (31 mi) north west of Marseille. The port general 45,000 jobs and € 4 billion according to an OECD study. [1]

The port is the biggest French port, the second Mediterranean port and the fourth European port, making it the 41st port in the world in 2014, transporting 85,997,000 tons of goods.


Historically the local port was the Old Port of Marseille . In the 1840s, maritime traffic becomes too intense for the Old Port. As the second port of France, the issue was too important and the decision escaped the city by the law of August 5, 1844. The government ordered the construction of the basin of the Joliette, at the north of the Old Port, through an ambitious project (13 million francs). The construction of the large mole used concrete blocks. The Joliette infrastructures began to be used in 1847. The pool was fully completed in 1853.

The Development Council for the metropolitan area of ​​Marseille-Provence has studied the creation of a technopole, or technoport, to redynamise the port activities. It would include the ability to repair ships over 270 m (885 ft or 295 yd) long, offshore wind turbines and other innovative technologies. [2]

Traffic statistics

Port traffic
General cargo (tones) Containers (TEU) Passengers
2010 86 M 953.435 2.06M
2011 88 M 944.047 2.3 M
2012 85.79M 1062408 2.4M
2014 78.52M 1179910 2.5M


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  2. Jump up^ (in French) Notice – Towards the creation of a technoport in Marseille-Povence territory , Marseille-Provence Métropole Development Council, June 2013.

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