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P&O Ports scraps French terminal contract

DP World’s P&O Ports has pulled out of a contract to run the port of Sète, a year earlier than its initial three-year contract stipulated. The terminal operator won the contract to run the container terminal at the French Mediterranean port, located 30 km southwest of Montpellier, in July 2017. Multiple French reports suggest the contract has now been scrapped and the port is looking for a new tenant.

The terminal has a 14.5m draft with 457 m of quay and adjacent 2 ha of land and primarily caters for feeder services in the eastern

Officials at DP World have yet to reply to questions sent by Splash earlier today.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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