Fluviofeeder at SITL – March 26th to 28th

Fluviofeeder is a multi-modal player along the Seine River, a member of the Marfret group of companies, and is one of the exhibitors in the Haropa pavilion during SITL 2019 – Transport and Logistics Innovation Week.

This year’s event is held between 26th and 28th March at the Paris-Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre in Hall 1.

The Marfret and Fluvio Feeder team, of around ten representatives, are presenting the entire offer available in inland waterway transport – bulk and containers. In addition to the transport of goods by barge between Le Havre, Rouen and Paris, Fluvio Feeder offers storage and warehousing solutions for clients in Rouen where it operates more than 10,000m2 of storage and related services through its Rouen hub. Fluvio Feeder also handles containers at the port of Rouen through its subsidiary, Somap.

Xavier Rose, head of the Fluvio Feeder activity will present the full range of services available to visiting industry professionals in detail.

This event is also an opportunity to discuss the development of rail services and the project which envisages a new rail line between Rouen and the Paris region.

 

FFA injecting added value into its new multimodal business

 

Originally centred on its river services along the Seine corridor, Fluviofeeder Armement (FFA) recently expanded its operations to include warehousing and handling through the acquisition of SOMAP in 2017. In May, 2018, the company passed another milestone, with Marfret’s decision to transfer all its multimodal business to its Gennevilliers-based subsidiary. With river transport of bulk loads and containers, warehousing –including dangerous goods- in Rouen and, in the near future, a rail shuttle service for containers and swap bodies serving Paris, FFA is well on the way to becoming an integrator.

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FFA reshuffles Rouen logistics cards with new warehousing strategy

 

Traditionally, SOMAP’s groupage warehousing services were export-oriented, but with the gradual decline of shipping line port calls at Rouen, the future for this business is uncertain.   The phenomenon can only worsen, with many of the major forwarders also leaving the port. Xavier Rose adds, “We need to prepare for this change and provide Rouen with new prospects and new energy. With its established service between Rouen and Le Havre, Fluviofeeder has made Rouen its logistics hub, providing a wide range of services such as on-demand warehousing, gas measurement for containers and container repairs.” The five warehouses, each covering between 4000 and 5000m², have found a new lease of life as overflow storage space for the company’s clients. For example, since the purchase of Tati, Gifi has been reallocating stock among its stores in Paris and Normandy and is using one of the five warehouses for reverse logistics.

“We need to move from being a terminal warehouse to a distribution warehouse for mass storage. To do this, we have come up with a low-cost, overflow offer for logistics companies, primarily for import traffics. At the same time, we need to provide the port with a new generation of bonded distribution warehouses for wholesalers to store goods prior to their release onto the retail market,” says Xavier Rose. In fact FFA has already applied to French customs to become an authorized economic operator (AEO).

SOMAP has a staff of 39, of which 35 are dockers.