The Port Autonome de Strasbourg Group is the second largest river port in France. With a volume of traffic equivalent to that of many seaports; it constitutes the maritime interface for the eastern part of France.
The Port Autonome de Strasbourg Group comprises three entities:
The Port of Strasbourg (Port Autonome de Strasbourg – PAS) is a public establishment created by an Act of Parliament passed on 26 April 1924. The status of the PAS is unique in France: it is managed by a Board of Administration, with prominent roles for the City of Strasbourg and the French State – each has six seats on the Board – plus one seat each for representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the administrative Region and the Council for the département, three representatives of the Port of Kehl, three representatives of the staff of the PAS, all in the presence of two State supervisors. Under its constitution, the Chair of the Board of Administration is appointed by the City of Strasbourg; the present Chair is Ms Catherine Trautmann.
The Port is ‘autonomous’ in that it has financial autonomy: the PAS has its own financial resources, mainly property-related income (rental of port land and stretches of water) and the fees charged for the use of its infrastructures. This income covers its operating costs, improvement work, and everyday investments.
Two subsidiaries wholly owned by the PAS:
- Rhine Europe Terminals (RET), which is responsible for managing the container and heavy package terminals in Strasbourg and Lauterbourg; RET is the leading operator of container terminals on rivers in France.
- Batorama, which operates excursion boats for tourists in Strasbourg; Batorama is the most important paying tourist attraction in the Grand Est region of France, with nearly 800 000 passengers each year.