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The french-german-luxembourgish convention dated 27th of October 1956 in relation to the construction of the navigable waterway has given the kick-off for the canalisation of the Moselle, work running from 1957 to 1964. The first trip on the Moselle was held on the 26th May 1964.

The law of the 22nd July 1963 in relation to the construction and management of an inland port on the Moselle allowed the Government to participate on behalf of the State in an incorporation having the following objects:

  • development on an inland port with extensions on theMoselleand affiliations to the road an rail networks
  • management of this port in accordance to industrial and commercial methods

The ideal strategic location of the Port of Mertert represents a unique luxembourgish territory combining the three transport facilities and allowing the handling between water navigation, rail and road.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held on the 13th february 1964.

Some key data:

  • 2.000.000 m3 ground floor have been cleared, of which 530.000 m3 were rock;
  • 10.000 m2 of steel piling.

The inner harbour has been flooded on the 3rd December 1965.

The Société du Port de Mertert S.A. has been established on the 3rd July 1964 in the terms of a stock company.
The law of the 31st March 2000 in relation to the management and the administration of the Port of Mertert has repealed the law of the 22nd July 1963.
Article 4 of the law dated 31st March 2000 concedes the administration and management of the port to the Société du Port de Mertert S.A. This directive started on the 4th August 1963 ends on the 3rd August 2062 and is renewable.
The land as well as the constructions and installations realized by the company are property of the Government.
According to the modified law of the 31st March 2000, the Government takes charge of the construction, the extension, the modernisation and the constructive maintenance of the intern transport network such as the roads and tracks and whose owner it is.
The Government assumes the current maintenance of these accomodations as well, unless that these charges are being imposed from the company to the handling companies.
The company funds have been fixed to 2.000 shares being worth 125 euro each and are split between the luxemburgish Government (50%), ArcelorMittal B&D (40%), BGL BNP Paribas (5%) and the Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (5%).
The law of the 23rd February 2010 amends the law of the 31st March 2000 in respect of the management and administration of the port of Mertert and underlines the importance of the strategical tri-modal area. In a nutshell:
"The Port of Mertert is designed to meet the needs of the development of the economy ofLuxembourg. Connections by river, rail and road contribute to its proper insertions in the trans-European transport networks".
Furthermore the amended wording of the 1st clause of chapter 4, article 4 of the port law enables the Government to modernize, extend and construct the internal transport networks such as the roads and tracks and their equipments as well as the port installations in addition to the constructive maintenance that was already guaranteed previously.
Geographical location and dimensions:
  • situated between the localities of Grevenmacher and Mertert
  • Length of 3,3 km
  • Area 65 ha
  • Inner harbor is 75 m wide and the two docks are each 800 m long
  • 1.600 quai walls
  • waiting dock of 200 m
  • turning area for boats of 120 m diameter
  • 25 km of rail network
  • 5 km of road network
Traffic in tons (2021):
  • General global traffic: 1.344.282
  • Shipping traffic: 935.808
  • Of which 311.392 exported
  • And 624.416 imported
  • 256 boats have been charged and 486 unloaded
  • Proportioning of the products in tons (2021):
  • Export of steel products: 158.247
  • Import of steel products: 167.724
  • Import of petroleum products: 366.908
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