At the entrance of the Channel, access to Cherbourg Port is rapid and easy for ships with a draught up to 14 m.
Because of its position as an outer port for North-West Europe, being only 7 nautical miles from the main shipping channel, to stop over in Cherbourg is an important time saver compared to another channel or North Sea port.
On land, port facilities are directly linked to road and rail networks.
Cherbourg offers a deep-water port, accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in all weather conditions and protected by a double sea breakwater forming the largest artificial harbor in Europe.
- Quai de France : 600m long, 14m deep (above marine chart datum)
- Quai de Normandie: 500m long, 11m deep (above marine chart datum)