The harbor of Marseille, the economic and tourist heart of the city, is ranking France’s most important port. As wide as central Paris, coming summer time, the harbor is overrun. In July and August, cruise ships align and queue to dock, delivering up to 100 000 visitors per month. The ships keep on docking, to enable thousands of families to make the connection with North Africa. And of course, more and more industrial ships come to Marseilles to deliver and unload around the world stock.
After a few difficult years, due to high criminality and overall social movements, today, the harbor is thriving. Unfortunately, this economic rebirth does not come without consequences: illegal immigration, theft, smuggling, counterfeiting… Over several months, our team investigated 27/7 the day to day life of the harbor’s surveillance team. Police force ensure the control of all arrivals from Maghreb, central Africa and Turkey. As for as the marine safety force in charge of the harbor’s security, they constantly control all access to the sea and are trained to prevent any terrorist attack. Finally, the border patrol fights against all illegal trafficking using high tech scanners preventing any car, truck or container to get away unchecked.