With sea and river traffic rising and a 15% increase in container traffic, in 2017 HAROPA had the best results of the ports on the North-European range. For the first time since its creation in 2012, HAROPA handled 3 million TEUs in one year. These good results attest to the competitiveness of our alliance and the complementarity of our ports.
In 2017, HAROPA strengthened its global logistics offering with leading shipping services, optimized cargo transit times and connected logistics areas. Special efforts were also made in multimodal rail and river services. At the same time, private investments reached unprecedented levels, proof of the trust of our customers.
Among the greatest increases, growth in ro-ro traffic (+18%) or construction materials boosted by work on the Greater Paris Development Plan (+19% for shipping by sea and +14% for river-borne shipping) are encouraging for the future. Sea and river cruises also surpassed historic levels (nearly 515,000 cruises passengers in total, not to mention the Ile-de-France excursion cruises which represented nearly 8 million passengers), in a fast-growing market for which HAROPA has developed new services. In sectors that are declining due to the economic situation, the ports of the alliance are more than ever attentive to their customers; for example, the establishment by the Port of Rouen of a tariff plan to support the grain sector.
In 2018, the year of multimodality for the European Commission, HAROPA will focus its efforts, especially on multimodal services, to further improve the performance of the port system. Among our actions, the assembly of river and rail shuttles and more generally the development plan for inland waterways transport of containers adopted after the consultation to improve inland waterway access to Port 2000.
The Prime Minister launched an initiative designed to further integrate the competitiveness and attractiveness of our ports. We shall be ready!