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Maritime Services

Located in the Port of Nantes/Saint-Nazaire and Montoir-de-Bretagne, IDEA is a leading port operator, its historical trade since 1919.


Backed by the group's long-standing experience IDEA has solid expertise:

  • Port handling
  • Ship’s agency
  • Customs clearance

IDEA offers its services in the bulk, container, conventional goods and RoRo sectors.

As a port operator, IDEA has developed close, durable partnerships with its customers, such as Cargill or Eurotourbes.

IDEA aims to bring together all the key factors that enable it to offer its customers global service with high added value in terms of:

  • quality
  • safety, security
  • investments and co-investments
  • innovation


Container, conventional, bulk etc., IDEA provides all types of port handling services on its different sites: RoRo terminal, Saint-Nazaire docks, Montoir Bulk Terminal (MBT), Logistiport multimodal platform.

Container and conventional services:

  • Ship loading and unloading in LoLo or RoRo mode
  • Management of interior container yard
  • Stuffing and unstuffing of containers
  • Storage on an outdoor platform or in a warehouse
  • Stock management, order preparation, just-in-time delivery, road transport organisation
  • Ship chartering (ATOS)
  • Customs (OEA certified)

IDEA’s expertise serving bulk operations

As operator of the Montoir Bulk Terminal, IDEA handles agri-food, powdery and industrial bulk goods and offers packaging for all types of bulk goods. 
In Saint-Nazaire, IDEA has a cereal silo dedicated to exports and port platforms. As a bulk expert, IDEA handles all logistics operations related to this activity: inventory management, forwarding, customs, delivery, transport, ship chartering.

IDEA, port operator of the Montoir Bulk Terminal

Founded in 2011, in partnership with Sea-Invest on the occasion of the port reform at the Grand Port Maritime de Nantes Saint-Nazaire (GPMNSN), MBT is the leading French terminal for bulk agri-food and peat-turf.

MBT handles traffic in clinker, road salt, fertilizers, alumina and various bulk materials, steel and conventional products.

Resources tailored to port handling
MBT has specific technical resources adapted to port handling operations:

  • 3 berths of 270, 250 and 220 m, with a maximum draught of 13.5 m
  • 4 rail cranes from 15 to 124 tonnes
  • 1 continuous unloading machine of 1,200 tonnes/hour
  • 1 mobile conveyor
  • 1 network of conveyors from 1,000 to 1,200 tonnes/hour
  • 4 weighing and distribution towers connected to the back dock warehouses
  • 100,000 tonnes of storage capacity
  • 75,000 square metres of open space

A team of managers, supervisors and dockworkers work at the MBT and ensure the smooth running of port operations


IDEA offers shipping agent services through its subsidiary WM, created in partnership with Worms Services Maritimes.
As a ship's agent at all the terminals of the Lower Loire area, WM organises ship calls over the entire port of Nantes Saint-Nazaire and is responsible for monitoring the goods transported.

WM is located in Montoir-de-Bretagne, near the 3 major port terminals: Saint-Nazaire, Montoir and Donges.

Services complementary to ship’s agency

IDEA provides the services associated with ship’s agency:

  • Handling
  • Customs transit
  • Storage
  • Receiving and delivery of packages
  • Brokerage

Dedicated teams

Ship’s agency by WM calls upon experts passionate about the shipping business:

  • A dynamic team of 3 shipping agents serving their customers 24 x 7.
  • An administrative team in charge of customs procedures and invoicing.

WM, shipping agent for key accounts such as Bunge, Louis-Dreyfus Armateurs, Airbus, Spirit, GDF-SUEZ, etc. They have all chosen WM as their shipping agent.


IDEA handles all types of import/export customs services on behalf of freight forwarders, maritime and road freight forwarders (shipping companies, ship owners, road transporters, etc.).
IDEA's maritime activity is certified OEA (Authorized Economic Operator). This certification facilitates customs operations.

IDEA handles all customs formalities for both imports and exports.

Import customs services:

  • Release for consumption: payment of VAT and customs duties
  • Temporary import
  • T1 Community transit
  • Import under inward processing (IPA)
  • Reception, storage, delivery on site

Export customs services:

  • Definitive export
  • Temporary export
  • Ship provisioning
  • Receipt under customs control
  • Storage
  • Placement in temporary areas and storage
  • Export storage (bonded storage)
  • Materials account keeping
  • Delivery on board ship
  • Parcel return
  • Re-shipment and re-export

IDEA also organises the positioning of import and export containers.

IDEA also organises the positioning of import and export containers.

They trust us: 
Unitor, DHL, GEFCO, Cargill, Blue Water, Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) entrust their customs services to IDEA.

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  • Safety, security
  • Investments and co-investments
  • Innovation
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