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Marseille Fos to add third car terminal

The Marseilles Fos port authority has chosen automotive logistics specialist TEA to develop and operate a new 14-hectare import/export terminal for new cars at the Brule-Tabac quay in Fos.

The terminal, due to begin operations in February 2014, will have capacity for up to 60,000 cars a year. It will complement the port’s two existing auto facilities, the Gefco base in Fos and Pinede Nord terminal in Marseille, which handled a combined 220,000 vehicles in 2012. Unlike those facilities the new terminal will provide a pre-delivery inspection (PDI) service with a workshop dedicated to checking electronics.

The decision was taken at a review of the port’s last five years under the current committee of governing bodies, which is about to be renewed after completing its 2009-2013 term of office. The renewed supervisory board is due to be installed in early January, when the chairman will be elected. The 17 members include five State nominees, four from local government, three representing port authority personnel and five independent professionals.

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