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The -Ouistreham commercial port's results demonstrate its contribution to territorial development
In 2011:
- Around 1 million passengers
- Around 3 million tonnes of freight
- France's 4th decentralised port
- 1st cross Channel port in the western Channel



The creation of a cross Channel link was a response to the port's indispensable and vital need to diversify. This new activity was successfully developed thanks to adapted infrastructures and, in particular, the creation of a deep water port. Hence, a terminal, approachable in all tide conditions, was inaugurated in Ouistreham in 1986. Then in 1992, a second double-level loading ramp was built to welcome one of the English Channel's largest vessels, the « Normandie ».

As soon as the link was inaugurated, it met with the anticipated success. The port has even proved to be the most dynamic among all western Channel ports (from Roscoff to Dieppe).
Cross Channel activities represent around 3/4 of the port's total traffic.

The cross Channel terminal, situated downstream from the canal locks, benefits from two deep-water quays each equipped with a mobile bridge, one of which is a double-level dual carriageway capable of welcoming the largest cross Channel ferries in operation.

With an average of three to four rotations per day by Brittany Ferries' three ships, the « Mont-Saint-Michel », the « Normandie » and the « Normandie Express », over a million passengers and around 120,000 lorries travel via the -Portsmouth cross Channel ferry link. Average sailing time: 6 hours

From April to October, the « Normandie Express » sailing from Friday to Sunday inclusive, offers a capacity of 850 passengers and 235 vehicles for a sailing time of only 3h30.

Key figures from 2011 :

Upstream port: 2,858,076 tonnes
951,758 passengers
110,061 lorries
233,634 cars


10th ranking French port
France's 4th decentralised port
1st cross Channel port in the western Channel
Leading French port for non-containerised wood from Brazil






  • Normandie Express
  • Ferry le Mont St Michel
  • Embarquement de poids lourds à l'avant du Ferry
  • Vue aérienne gare maritime Ouistreham
  • Ferry