• The professional facilities available at Atlantic Port of Bordeaux

    Over a hundred businesses, working constantly to offer ever better services.

Port Services

Every year, over 1600 ships call at the Port of Bordeaux. Servicing all of these vessels, and the loads they carry, requires the expertise of a network of public and private service providers. In Bordeaux, over 100 companies are working constantly to improve the services on offer, investing in advanced training and the latest equipment.


Shipowners and maritime transportation firms

Shipowners own, operate and charter ships. Their business is the sea-borne transportation of goods or passengers.
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Fuelling and supplies

Specialist companies provide ships with foodstuffs, equipment and fuel.
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Consignees / Shipping agents

Take responsibility for handling all matters affecting the ship while it is docked at the port. Consignees are delegated and paid by the shipowners. Consignees may also be shipping agents.
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Marine surveyors

With proven expertise, experience and technical training, marine surveyors or consultants can provide specialist advice on issues of maritime technology.
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Docking experts assist vessels as they dock at the quayside, and when they leave.
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Cargo handling

Cargo handlers are responsible for all operations relating to the loading and unloading cargo on and off boats, and transfer to and from storage hangars and facilities.
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Harbour pilots are required to assist ships’ captains with their navigation as they enter and exit the port. Sea-going nations have agreed to make piloting compulsory, in order to protect harbour channels and installations and to make maritime transport safer and easier to manage. Harbour pilots are highly trained and know all of the factors which might pose a potential risk to navigation in their port.
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Tug boats help ships to dock by towing, pushing or slowing them down. For large ships this operation may require one or several tugs.
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Naval repairs

The naval repair sector covers all work done to repair, maintain or improve the structure of a vessel.
The Grand Port Maritime de Bordeaux offers various dry docking options, to suit a wide range of needs. Find out more in the « Dry Work and Maintenance section ».


Checking agency

The checking agency confirms that the cargo of a ship corresponds to the details given on the freight contract, in terms of the nature, quality and quantity of the goods, for the whole cargo or just a specific batch.
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Storage companies

Storage companies own and operate the warehouse and storage facilities in the port zone, which they lease to cargo holders. These facilities are generally used to store bulk materials (fuels, chemical products, cooking oils, grains, fertiliser etc.).
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Transport / Transit manager

Transport and transit managers organise transportation. Under their own responsibility, they oversee the transportation of goods entrusted to them by selecting appropriate transport providers and taking care of all customs and administrative procedures.
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