Dunkirk Port outlines first version of its 2014-2018 strategic plan
Dunkirk Port has produced its strategic plan for the 2014-2018 period. This major document sets out the main guidelines and the procedure for implementation of the Port’s development policy over 5 years, following on from the first strategic plan of 2009-2013 and its financial trajectory. It also prepares the future for longer-term projects.
This strategic plan was approved unanimously by the Development Board, and then by the Board of Trustees on 21 November 2014. In line with the national ports strategy, the Port of Dunkirk has four major ambitions: to be a Northern French Port, a Gateway Port, a Sustainable Port and a Partner Port
NORTHERN FRENCH PORT
The Northern French Port aspect involves reconquering Dunkirk’s natural hinterland in the container sector, developing secure and temperature controlled logistics, optimising consolidated transport and putting in place the tools for successful development of container traffic.
The Gateway Port aspect is aimed at strengthening the position of GPMD as a redistribution port for solid bulks and short sea shipping from deep-sea lines, setting up an LNG provisioning complex for the Strait of Dover, the Channel and the North Sea, developing links with inland multimodal platforms, adapting the Western Port to changes in maritime transport, and preparing for future large-scale projects (Baltic-Pacific).
France’s third-ranking port, Dunkirk is well known as a port handling heavy bulk cargoes for its numerous industrial installations. It has also built its reputation in other sectors such as cross-Channel RORO traffic to Great Britain, containers, fruit, and so on. Classified as the seventh port of the North Europe Range which extends from Le Havre to Hamburg, Dunkirk is also the leading French port for ore and coal imports, France’s leading port for containerised fruit imports, and the country’s second-ranking port for trade with Great Britain.
SUSTAINABLE AND RESPONSIBLE PORT
The Sustainable and Responsible Port aspect involves strengthening the position of Dunkirk, a pioneer of circular economy, as France’s leading energy and steel industry platform (promoting the setup of new industrial and logistics projects in addition to the existing industries), managing the development of the port district with attention to risk control and climate change in developments, implementing the Natural Heritage Master Plan ahead of the development of future business parks, and building Social and Environmental Responsibility in eco-friendly behaviour and developments.
This Partner Port aspect commits the economic and social operators of Dunkirk’s port community to mobilise for the development of new types of traffic; it also involves maintaining existing partnerships (institutional, economic, scientific and technical), to develop added value in logistics and industrial development, enhancing the environment and managing the natural areas of the Opal Coast. Lastly, it also includes maintaining the partnership between the City and the Port, emphasising the value of the port’s heritage and culture.
These ambitions are accompanied by a major works programme of 242 M€, with the first large-scale projects due for completion in 2015. The plan and its environmental assessment are being submitted to the Environment Authority this week for examination and evaluation.
For further information on Dunkirk Port and its future plans, please visit: www.dunkerque-port.fr
Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany