The foundation stone-laying ceremony for the French Port of Calais extension project took place on Monday in the presence of President François Hollande.
The main partners of the Calais Port 2015 project signed a document which was sealed inside a concrete X-bloc, the emblem of the worksite.
The project includes the creation of a new 3-kilometer seawall along with a new 100-hectare harbour basin to the north of the current facilities and the construction of three new ferry berths and a roro berth inside the harbour basin.
It also encompasses four million cubic meters of marine dredging to constitute the new quays and the development of new cross-Channel traffic reception capacities including 44 hectares of parking facilities and roads.
Following the completion of the project, the Port of Calais will be able to accommodate the new generation of ferries and roro to cope with the existing infrastructure being saturated.
In March 2016, The Dover Strait Ports Company awarded the design-build contract for the extension project to a consortium formed around Bouygues Travaux Publics (the lead company), Colas Nord-Picardie, Spie Batignolles and Jan De Nul.
The contract is worth approximately EUR 675 million (USD 757.8 million).
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