Promoting river transport

The ports of the Rhone

CNR has equipped the 330 km of the wide gauge navigable waterway on the Rhone, between Lyon and the Mediterranean, with a dense and efficient network of 18 industrial and port sites. Placed at about a distance of twenty km from each other, these sites are all dedicated to multimodality: river, rail, river-maritime and road. We offer enterprises wishing to set up in the Rhone Valley possibilities for installation and developing multimodal logistics.


Why set up in the Rhone Valley?

transfert-de-conteneurs-sur-péniche-port-fos-sur-merThe Rhone-Saone corridor is the following:

- a strategic communication route between Northern and Southern Europe:

  • Open to the Mediterranean with direct access to the ports of Fos/Marseille and Sète
  • AWith rail links to Norther Europe (Paris, ports on the northern seaboard)

- an axis comprising two major multimodal corridors

- a major economic region and consumer market driven by the cities of Lyon and Marseille.

Key Figures

18 industrial and port sites

230 enterprises along the Rhone

5500 direct jobs

720 hectares bordering the Rhone including 125 ha available.

River transport: ecological and economic

Transporting a ton of goods by river generates on average 4 times less emissions than road transport and consumes 5 times less fuel. On the economic level, river transport is also competitive: it can be 2 to 4 times less expensive than road transport on certain supply chains. Its main advantages are:

  • It consumes less fuel than road and rail transport, meaning considerable savings for enterprises;
  • It has a smaller carbon footprint;
  • It decongests road networks and reduces the number of road accidents;
  • It generates the development of new business activities and creates jobs in the Rhone Valley.

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