Do you know where the 2nd and 3rd biggest fluvial ports in France are located? They are the Port of Strasbourg (2nd) and the Ports of Mulhouse-Rhine (3rd). In Alsace, we have our own little “Nile”: the Rhine! It flows through Europe offering 850 km of navigable waterways, which is ideal for transporting goods by river.

Autonomous Port of Strasbourg (Port Autonome de Strasbourg – PAS)

The Autonomous Port of Strasbourg handles exports/imports of cereals, agricultural products, oil products, gravel, machines, etc. Yet river tourism has also developed there: cruises on the Rhine, tours of Strasbourg by pleasure boat or lounge boat with Batorama… (worth remembering for your business trip in the Strasbourg region!).
The 2nd biggest fluvial port in France after Paris, the PAS generates annual fluvial traffic of around 8 million tonnes (2013). It interconnects with other means of transport: road and railway.

Le Port Autonome de Strasbourg – © Bogner

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The Ports of Mulhouse-Rhine (Ports de Mulhouse-Rhin – PMR)

The PMR includes the ports of Ottmarsheim, Huningue and Ile Napoléon. At the heart of the tri-national European basin, they are directly connected to the ports of Antwerp (Belgium), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Zeebrugge (Belgium).

Le Port d’Ottmarsheim

As the 3rd biggest fluvial port in France with annual fluvial traffic of around 6 million tonnes, the PMR employs around 80 staff to handle and store goods (containers, bulk products, heavy parcels, hazardous substances, etc.).

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Whether in Mulhouse (Upper Rhine) or Strasbourg (Lower Rhine), the fluvial ports are of great economic importance to the region.