La Rochelle

Port information

La Rochelle
La Rochelle, medieval port (c) Office du Tourisme La Rochelle

La Rochelle

Located on the West Atlantic coast of France, the port of La Rochelle is easily accessible from the open sea. Cruise ships, of any kind or size can berth at any time, in entire safety. Situated in a picturesque bay, the port is naturally sheltered by the islands of Ré and Oléron. Since 2012, the port is equipped with a cruise terminal and a X-ray.

Port attractions

  1.  La Rochelle, the medieval city

    With its arcade streets, fine renaissance homes and XVIIIth century residences, sober and noble town mansions from shipowners, La Rochelle can boast of a prestigious patrimony.
  2.  Ré island

    On the Ré island, all natural open spaces are classified : vineyards, forests, salt marshes, oyster parks...
  3.  La Roche Courbon castle

    "The sleeping beauty's château". Built in the 15th century, this fortified castle was transformed into a comfortable residence in the 17th century by Jean-Louis de Courbon.
  4.  Saintes & Saintonge area

    The Saintonge area crossed by the River Charente offers some exceptional sightseeing. In Saintes, are some of the finest examples of Romanesque Art : the Abbaye aux Dames, the amphitheatre.
  5.  Cognac city and cognac houses

    Cognac lies on the banks of the river Charente "the most beautiful stream of my kingdom" used to say Henry IV.

Port views

La Roche-Courbon castle
Ford Boyard
La Rochelle, the medieval port
Thierry Rambaud
Port of La Rochelle
Port of La Rochelle
Port of La Rochelle
La Rochelle

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Port facts

Nautical information

Max. Length For Berth, M:
350 m
Max. Draught, M:
13 m
More Info Draught:
Max. Air Draught, M:
no limits
More Info Air Draught:
No. Of Quays:
Quay Length Total, M:
380 m / 540 m
Quay Depth, M:
12 m / 13 m
Anchorage Available:
Anchorage Compulsory:
Passenger Terminal:
Pilotage Compulsary:
Tugs Available:
on request
Tidal Movement/range, M:
6 m
Ships Tenders Allowed:
Garbage Disposal:
Airport Distance, Km:
City Centre Distance, Km:


Are ships allowed burn HFO using:
✔ Closed loop
✔ Compliant IMO Fuel
On-shore power supply to cruise vessels:
LNG bunkering supply to cruise vessels:
Supplying alternative fuels:
Reception Facilities for Contaminated Ballast Water:
Reception Facilities for Waste Oils:
Passengers by Source in 2023
Calls 2023

Onshore Power

Onshore Power
OPS (Onshore Power System)
Shore power within the next 5 years
Defined Compatibility Assessment process for each berth and ship combination to IEC/IEEE 80005-1
Information/documentation from the ship for the port before the first connection
Additional requirements for first-time connectio/max. duration between connections before process reapplies
Connection Time
Connection time from all fast to full operational SSE (Shore Side Electricity)
Disconnection time
Uninterrupted power supply guaranteed by shore power provider whilst connected
Restrictions / Penalties / Insurance
Weather conditions/restrictions/other limitations for safe use of SSE
Penalties in case of failure to connect by the ship: weather/itinerary changes/technical issues
Insurance covering any potential damage caused by the SSE
Port Fees
Utility standard/usage fees in addition to kWh rate
Tax/duty fees applicable
Other fees related to shore power
Useful Information
Discounts/incentives linked to shore power usage
Berthing policy linked to shore power usage
Confirmation time of the vessel for planned shore power usage before ETA

Port contacts


Pascal COURTHEOUX, Harbour Master
141 boulevard Emile Delmas - CS 70394
17001 La Rochelle Cedex 01
+33 5 46 00 56 30


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Page last updated: 2023-11-08 11:50


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