The harbour in Saint-Malo is unusual for its ability to deal with various types of shipping and for the diversification of its business. As a harbour, it caters for commercial ships, passenger ferries, fishing boats and recreational sailing. It is also a port of call for cruise liners.
Passengers sea transport - first Breton port
Saint-Malo is the largest ferry port in Brittany with more than one million passengers arriving here every year. The daily sailings to the United Kingdom have turned Saint-Malo into the Northern Gateway of Brittany. In addition to cross-Channel sailings on Brittany Ferries, there are three other shipping companies here. Condor ferries, Compagnie corsaire and Etoile marine provide cruises in Saint-Malo Bay, services to the Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey, Chausey), trips out to the island of Cézembre and longer boat trips to a number of local beauty spots such as Cap Fréhel.
Occupying the 3rd regional rank for the commercial traffic with a transit of about 1,63 million tons of goods in 2009 the commercial harbour of Saint-Malo realizes 41 % of its exchanges with the British islands.
- The harbour in Saint-Malo is essentially a harbour for imports (77% incoming goods)
- Its two main sectors of business are:
- Despatch of manufactured products and vehicles (550,920 tonnes in 2009);
- Imports of fertiliser (530,633 tonnes in 2009).
- 2 000 jobs connected to the harbour activity
- Raw added value: 250 million euro