About Ports de Lille

The Port of Lille is the third largest inland waterway port in France, after Paris and Strasbourg. In 2018, it handled more than 7.9 million tons of cargo. As it continues to manage such large volumes, it must periodically upgrade its container handling equipment to ensure a continuous, efficient flow of traffic through such an important European transportation hub.

Did you know that the Port of Lille is connected to a regional river network of more than 680 km of waterways, including 241 km of broad gauge?


In March 2019, Ports de Lille ordered four SMV 4545 TCX4 BH reachstackers as their business grows in northern France. Two reachstackers will go to Port de Santes and two to Port de Béthune-Beuvry.

This is not their first experience with Konecranes’ equipment and services – they already had an SMV 4527 CB5 reachstacker. So when the need arose to start a new traffic line intended to connect Santes to Béthune, Konecranes was the obvious choice. The two barge handlers at the Santes terminal will help load departing ships, while the other two will remain at the Béthune facility to unload ships on arrival.