LAFARGE TRANSPORTED THE MASTS OF LA BOUDEUSE BY BARGE
Lafarge has assisted the three-masted schooner in its travels since 2007, when, in order to allow the ship to pass under the various bridges along its route, it transported its masts down the Seine and they were then reinstalled at their port of arrival. Normally, this convoy transports cement from the Saint-Vigor cement works, (Seine Maritime), near le Havre, to the Cormeilles-en-Parisis depot (Yvelines), near Paris.
Lafarge and river transport along the Seine
With 115 barges representing a cargo hold of 110,000 tonnes and seven push tugs, Lafarge has one of the largest river fleets in France. Each year, this fleet carries 2 million tonnes of aggregates into the centre of Paris, and transports 500,000 tonnes of rubble out. Lafarge also uses the river to transport 300,000 tonnes of cement from Le Havre to the Paris area and 100,000 tonnes of and dairy products from Rouen to Le Havre.
As part of its sustainable development strategy, which incorporates industrial efficiency, value creation, the respect for man and for different cultures, protection of the environment and the conservation of energy and natural resources, Group Lafarge favours the use of river transport.
It has brought major environmental benefits to Paris and the Ile-de-France region. Not only does using waterways free up the roads, it is a safe, economical and quick method of shipping that does not produce any noise pollution or cause any traffic jams. Lafarge uses this mode of transport to deliver ready-to-use cement to the concrete plants located along the Seine, that manufacture the modern-day stone, concrete, using a mixture of aggregates, cement and water, which is then delivered to the building sites in Paris.