In order to carry out the CALAIS PORT 2015 extension project, on 19 February 2015 the Hauts-de-France Regional Council, which is the port authority, transferred the concession for the ports of Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer to Société d’Exploitation des Ports du Détroit (S.E.P.D.). This transfer has been effective since 22 July 2015.
The Hauts-de-France Regional Council entrusted to the concession operator, S.E.P.D., the management, operation, maintenance and infrastructure and superstructure development for the single port BOULOGNE CALAIS PORT. The concession arrangement was signed for a term of 50 years.
The S.E.P.D. is a public limited company ("Société Anonyme") and with a mostly public shareholder structure (73% Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Nord de France Region and the Opal Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 11% MERIDIAM, 11% CDC Infrastructures, and 5% employees).
As a reminder, the CCI of Calais and the CCI of Boulogne-sur-Mer were concession operators of the Ports of Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer respectively until 31 December 2010. On 1 January 2011, due to the merger of the three coastal Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Boulogne-sur-Mer, Calais, Dunkirk), the two concessions were transferred to the Opal Coast CCI.
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