HAROPA-Port du Havre has again been saluted by European main ports for its expertise in the field of port information systems. For the second time in 2013, it received the members of the PROTECT group specializing in the simplification and standardization of port electronic data interchanges.

Le Havre was not chosen by chance for the organization of the second meeting of PROTECT – the European expert group – which traditionally met in Amsterdam under the leadership of the port of Rotterdam. The decision was made as a result of the expertise of HAROPA-Port du Havre’s teams, as well as its innovative tools for ship and cargo transit.

It is justified by the expertise, which is now recognized on the European scale, of the teams of HAROPA-Port du Havre, as well as that of their innovating tools at the service of ship and cargo transit.

The meeting took place on 29 November last year. All the representatives of the European main ports and of the companies operating their cargo management system attended. One of the issues was the adaptation of the 2010/65 directive: the objective is setting up a European port electronic window facilitating the reporting formalities management for ships arriving in and/or departing from ports. The Port of Le Havre Authority presented the French view of the definition of the window and the strategic challenges implied by offering facilitation making the organization of the calls more fluid.

After the meeting, the PROTECT group defined a planning of work to the member States of the European Community and submitted a standardization of the practices between the major ports in Northern Europe. HAROPA-Port du Havre aims to be a prime mover especially by promoting its new-generation port electronic window: SWiNG.

It is worth mentioning that the PROTECT Group – with Le Havre as one of the founding members – groups together the major ports in Northern Europe: Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Le Havre, Hamburg, Bremen, Bremerhaven, London, Felixstowe, Bilbao, Portel, Groningen, Nantes and Dunkirk as well as their companies in charge of the cargo management community information system (PortBase, Seagha, Soget, Dakosy, MCP, DBH).


HAROPA, the fifth-largest port complex in Northern Europe, is a joint venture between the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris. Connected to every continent owing to a first-rate international shipping offer (with connections to more than 550 ports worldwide), the ‘one-stop’ hub forms a global transport and logistics system, capable of providing a comprehensive end-to-end service. HAROPA handles around 120 million tonnes of cargo by sea and waterway each year. HAROPA business represents around 160,000 jobs.