SAFE SECA project

Le projet SAFE SECA en Baie de Seine

The SAFE SECA project: the ports in the Seine bay work together to develop completely safe alternative and competitive marine fuels

The LNG, one of the most promising solutions

The MARPOL international Convention (Marine Pollution - annex VI), integrated into the European Union law by the directive 2012/33, provides for a schedule of limitation of the emissions of sulphur oxide by the ships sailing the English Channel, North Sea and the Baltic (SECA zone: Sulphur Emission Control Area) in orderto improve air quality.

The reduction of the emissions has thus become a major issue of concern to the shipping sector which looks for complementary or other solutions to traditional fuels. HAROPA Ports, together with PNA (‘Ports Normands Associés’), the ‘Syndicat Mixte’ of the Port of Dieppe and the General Council of the Seine-Maritime area, initiated in early 2014 a collaborative approach named SAFE SECA (Study for Alternative Fuels and Experiment in SEine and Channel Area) which aims at:


  • guaranteeing bunkering operations with alternative fuels in complete safety in their ports, by adjusting the local regulations to that purpose and training the port staff involved in the operations,
  • identifying competitive and environmentallyfriendly solutions in terms of supply, storage and distribution of low-emission fuels and especially LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas).

Being not only a marketing asset, the ability to offer one or several innovative and competitive solutions of bunkering with lowemission fuels to sea and river ships entering or staying in SECA zone, becomes a strategic challenge for all ports in the Seine valley
and bay. The solutions brought to maritime and river transport within the scope of the project will possibly create opportunities for local business (industries, fishing, road haulage, etc.).
This project is funded by the European Union from the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).


The three activities of the SAFE SECA project