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Multimodal transport

The PAS is the only port in Europe to be located where four of the nine European multimodal transport corridors cross:

– the Rhine-Alps corridor
– the Rhine-Danube corridor
– the Atlantic corridor
– the North Sea – Mediterranean corridor

This unique position, recognised by the European Union, indicates the strategic situation of the PAS in international traffic flows..

The four main sites of the PAS are tri-modal, with ideal connections to the Rhine and to the road and rail networks.

River transport

The Rhine is Europe’s most important river for the transport of goods: every year, more than 300 million tonnes are carried on the Rhine.

All the PAS’s sites are directly connected to the Rhine:

  • Strasbourg : Strasbourg: 8 docks (bassins) on the Rhine, covering 200 hectares, with sufficient clearance for Rhine vessels:
    • Auberger Dock
    • Trade Dock
    • Industry Dock
    • Armand Dock
    • Detoeuf Dock
    • Haelling Dock
    • Weirich Dock
    • Dock No. IV (Delmas Dock)

    5 docks with a constant level of water, for vessels not exceeding 110 metres in length

    • Dusuzeau Dock
    • Vauban Dock
    • Graff Dock
    • Citadel Dock
    • Ramparts Dock
  • Lauterbourg – R3FLEX : one dock with the following equipment:
    • one gantry for heavy packages (up to 220 tonnes)
    • one latest-generation container gantry
    • one ro-ro ramp, reconfigured in 2014
    • Rail access with direct link to the marshalling yard in Lauterbourg
  • Beinheim : one dock with a draught of about 60 metres
  • Marckolsheim : loading stations directly on the Rhine

Annual river traffic through the PAS averages 8 million tonnes.

Rail transport

The PAS owns a rail network within the port with 100 km of track, directly connected to the French national network. The ‘Port du Rhin’ station is the most important freight station in Alsace, accounting for an average of 1.5 million tonnes every year. The PAS’s main production sites are themselves connected to the internal rail network. Several rail traction operators with powerful, up-to-date rolling stock are authorised to use all the track in the port and on the French national network, passing seamlessly from one to the other. Many connected terminal installations (companies) are served in this way every day. The network within the port area – classified as a ‘Comparable Network’ – is extremely safe and available for use, partly because the maintenance and operating procedures are identical to those of the main French national network.

In this way, all the track throughout the port area and the daily shuttles to the major hubs of Antwerp, Rotterdam and Marseille provide a highly desirable continuity of service and a great deal of flexibility in the delivery and dispatching of goods: containers, cereals, steel, paper, etc.

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Road transport

The various PAS sites all have easy access to the north-south motorways of the Rhine valley – the A35 in France, and the A5 in Germany. The A4 motorway provides a link to Paris.

The PAS manages 34 km of roads on its own sites.

Road traffic is estimated at an average of 18 million tonnes per year.