Thales has won a €2.1m turnkey contract from the Grand Port Maritime du Havre (GPMH) of France to equip the rail line to the Port 2000 intermodal terminal with the PIVOS computer-based interlocking system.
The PIVOS system will be based on Thales's PIPC technology and is scheduled to enter service in July 2013.
Under the deal, Thales will be responsible for all aspects of the rail signalling solution, which includes preliminary studies, equipment, installation, testing and user training.
GPMH director of land transportation Christian Feuvre said, "To support the growth in traffic volumes, we're making a concerted effort to upgrade the infrastructure at the Port 2000 terminal."
Thales said that this would be the first installation of a new signalling system on a French port railway since ownership was transferred from national rail infrastructure manager Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) to the port authorities.
The Port 2000 terminal was launched to support the development of container traffic at the Port of Le Havre (GPMH).
GPMH's rail network includes 200km of track, 350 signals and five control centres, which manages over 250 routes.
GPMH said that in order to ensure the high levels of performance, reliability and safety, it has decided to computerise the command and control of the Port 2000 terminal with a signalling system.
The PIVOS system is designed for service lines and also manages line-side signal lights and interlocking mechanisms to ensure the complete safety of train movements at platforms and in service areas.