Marseille is France’s leading cruise port. Ideally located at the heart of the Western Mediterranean, Marseille is France’s leading cruise port, with 2 million cruise passengers expected by 2020. 

The port features a dedicated cruise ship basin located in the northern part of the port and a small luxury terminal near the city centre: La Joliette-J4 terminal. The largest facilities are operated by the Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal (MPCT), capable of handling up to six megaships simultaneously with no size restrictions. Work on the expansion of the North Passage was completed in September 2017. The objective was to facilitate access for large vessels in all weather conditions to the eastern harbours of the Port of Marseille Fos in order to meet the security and commercial requirements of the cruise vessels in Marseille. Chantier Naval de Marseille operates three dry docks, no. 8, no. 9 and, since October 2017, the no. 10, the largest dry dock in the Mediterranean, which has been refurbished in 2017. Thanks to its 465 metres in length and 85 metres in width, dock no. 10 is ready to accommodate all types of cruise and naval vessels. Ten cruise ships were welcomed in 2017 and 11 in 2018. 11 are already confirmed for 2019.

The Port of Marseille is developing with ship-owners new solutions to decrease environment impact of cruise ships and has introduced a premium for the greenest shipping companies that are trying to reduce atmospheric emissions (membership for the implementation of the Environmental Ship Index ESI). Also, the Port of Marseille will welcome LNG powered at sea ships in 2019.



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