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Gérard d’ABOVILLE, Président du Conseil Supérieur de la Navigation de Plaisance : Lieu de rencontre, de réflexion et de proposition, le CMF démontre que les activités maritimes sont étroitement liées. Chacune bénéficie de la promotion que le Cluster apporte au fait maritime français.
Michel BELLION, Délégué national de la filière Mer : La mobilité professionnelle au sein du maritime ne se décrète pas, elle nécessite une dynamique, des décloisonnements, des pratiques d'entraide, en somme ces vertus que porte le Cluster Maritime Français.
Philippe BERTEROTTIERE, PDG de GTT : Rassemblant des entités différentes ayant en commun les enjeux maritimes, le Cluster réussit un tour de force : montrer que la France a un atout majeur qui ne demande qu’à se développer encore plus.
Patrick BOISSIER, PDG de DCNS : Depuis 7 ans maintenant, le CMF est la voix de la France maritime. Cette voix doit être de plus en plus forte pour convaincre que la mer est un extraordinaire réservoir de croissance pour notre pays.
Philippe BOISSON, Président de l’Association Française de Droit Maritime : Le CMF a réussi le pari de réunir sous une même bannière les acteurs de la France maritime dans sa globalité. Continuons de soutenir son action pour être mieux entendu auprès des politiques et des medias.
Laurent CASTAING, Directeur Général de STX France : Le Cluster c’est d’abord une bande de professionnels passionnés et respectueux de la mer, convaincus de son importance économique pour notre futur, et qui veulent que la France y porte plus attention.
Thibault de FOUCHIER, Expert Maritime et Financier, S2F Navispec : Depuis l’origine, notre groupe a fondé son développement sur l’esprit de partenariat qui est l’esprit même du Cluster pour élaborer des actions qui portent efficacement notre industrie vers l’avenir.
Philippe FOURRIER, Président d’ILAGO : Le CMF c’est une équipe disponible, efficace et passionnée. Le travail déjà abattu est considérable, et la tâche l’est tout autant : souhaitons une longue vie au Cluster, dans notre intérêt à tous !
Jean-Michel GERMA, Président de SOPER : Le CMF c’est l’alliance des talents du maritime et de l’énergie pour lancer la filière éolienne offshore, et déjà mobilisés pour le développement des EMR et l’aventure du stockage de l’énergie en mer.
Alain HOUARD, VP Marine & Offshore de Dassault Systemes : Temps historiques pour l'industrie navale : la mer crée de vraies opportunités de business. Nous soutenons activement le CMF qui renforce la position de la France face à la concurrence internationale.
Christian LEFEVRE, Directeur Général de BOURBON : Le CMF œuvre pour que la France maritime reste compétitive et que les centres de décision des entreprises puissent continuer à gérer leurs opérations à l’international depuis leur base française.
Philippe LOUIS-DREYFUS, PDG de LOUIS-DREYFUS ARMATEURS : Le CMF a joué un rôle majeur dans la (re)connaissance des activités maritimes, outils essentiels du développement durable. La société et les politiques voient la mer d'un œil neuf. Merci au Cluster !
Frédéric MONCANY DE SAINT AIGNAN, Président de la Fédération Française des Pilotes Maritimes : Les acteurs, les enjeux, les richesses en mer sont multiples. Pour une vraie ambition maritime, des échanges transversaux créant des synergies sont indispensables aux intérêts nationaux. C’est ça le CMF !
Bruno NICOLAS, Directeur Général de VINCI Energies France : Initiative originale à sa création, le CMF est devenu l’organisation française de référence des acteurs du maritime. Plus qu’un lieu d’échanges c’est un centre d’actions créateur de nouvelles opportunités.
Jérôme PECRESSE, Président d’ALSTOM Renewable Power : Au nom d’Alstom, acteur majeur des EMR et membre actif du Cluster depuis 2010, je salue la contribution décisive du CMF au développement d’une filière en devenir et lui renouvelle toute ma confiance.
Pascal PIRIOU, PDG du Groupe PIRIOU : Le CMF est la voix du secteur maritime français, dont tous les acteurs ont enfin trouvé le moyen pour que leur voix porte, loin et fort, notamment auprès des Pouvoirs Publics, et c'est fondamental.
Jean-Marie POIMBOEUF, Président du GICAN et Vice-président du CORICAN : Depuis sa création, le CMF a un rôle de vigie dans un monde toujours plus complexe : espace de dialogue, de réflexion et de promotion, c’est tout le maritime qui bénéficie des synergies ainsi créées.
Jean-Bernard RAOUST, PDG de BRS : Pari gagné ! En 7 ans, le CMF, entité représentative, respectée et écoutée, a créé une communauté maritime active pour mettre en valeur ses savoir-faire et affronter ensemble les défis économiques.
Amiral Bernard ROGEL, Chef d’Etat-major de la Marine nationale : La stratégie française de défense et sécurité intègre désormais les enjeux maritimes. Le CMF a un rôle clé pour expliquer ces enjeux et leurs évolutions. Ce qui se passe en mer est vital pour notre avenir.
Gérard ROMITI, Président du Comité National des Pêches Maritimes et des Elevages Marins : Le secteur de la pêche est bien décidé à relever les différents enjeux maritimes du 21e Siècle. La solidarité mais aussi les synergies transversales développées par le Cluster sont à ce titre précieuses.
Philippe VALLETTE, Directeur Général de NAUSICAA : En cette époque d’émergence de la Blue Society, le soutien du Cluster est plus que jamais indispensable à la mobilisation du monde maritime, afin de croire au progrès durable et de réussir, tous ensemble.
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French shipping companies


 

 

A relatively new fleet and a full and diversiἀed range of services

 

In 2013, there were around a hundred French shipping companies operating 900 vessels, 547 of which under the French Ḁag.A signiἀcant asset of the French shipping industry with an average age of 8 years, the fleet is one of the newest and most diversiἀed in the world. French shipping companies operate in all sectors: goods transport, passenger transport, vehicle transport, oceanographic research, submarine cable-laying, offshore activities and services, assistance and salvage, marine renewable energies, ...

Modern and reactive, the French fleet is the one best able to adapt to market conditions. French shipping companies give high priority to safety and the environment, and work continuously to improve the operating conditions of their ships.By specialising in diverse areas, French shipping companies cover the whole range of sea transport.

They also have a well-trained officer core who also take part in initiatives aimed at improving their working conditions.From coasting to ocean-going voyages throughout the world, French shipping companies can transport all types of cargo. 10 million passengers are carried every year.The officer core who also take part in initiatives aimed at improving their working conditions, in particular through associations such as ACOMM (Merchant Navy Captain and Ofἀcer’s Association,).


Armateurs de France

Armateurs de France is a professional organisation that represents 49 French maritime transport and service companies.

 

Its missions:

•     Protect and further the interests of French shipping companies,

•     Represent the companies before French, community and international authorities,

•     Communicate and promote the image of sea transport,

•     Negotiate collective agreements and branch agreements,

•    Inform and advise its members.

www.armateursdefrance.org

The main areas of activity of shipowners:

Containers:
 


CMA-CGM

A French group making history, third in the world in container transport.

•    Turnover of 15.9 billion US$ in 2012.

•     414 ships, 94 of which are company-owned.

•    10,6 million TEU transported in 2012.

•    400 ports served in 150 countries.

•     Extensive geographic coverage: 650 agents including 64 in China.

•     18,000 employees including 4,700 in France.


www.cma-cgm.com

Marfret

A family owned SME, Marfret operates as both a sea carrier and shipowner. The company employs 150 people and has a turnover of 200 million euros. With its 5 regular lines, Marfret has a strong territorial presence in three main geographical areas: Europe and the Mediterranean, America and the Caribbean, South East Asia and the South Pacific. 

www.marfret.fr

Offshore services

BOURBON

A leader in offshore oil and gas marine services :

Bourbon meets the requirements of the most demanding clients in the oil and gas industry. Its commitment to build a modern fleet, to man vessels with qualified crews and to offer the most cost-effective solutions on the market are compensated by the trust and loyalty of its clients. Bourbon works hard every day to provide the safest and most reliable range of offshore marine services with integrated support for offshore exploration, development and production.

Through its Activities Marine Services and Subsea Services, both in deepwater and shallow water offshore, the group provides its clients with highly experimented, trained and qualified personnel who are committed to the success of the most sophisticated projects. Marine Services owns a fleet of 439 vessels*, among which 72 deepwater offshore support vessels, 102 shallow water offshore support vessels and 265 personnel transport vessels. Bourbon Subsea Services owns a fleet* of 18 IMR vessels and 12 ROVs (remotely operated vehicles). Key ἀgures & 2012 income:

•     1.187 billion euros, including 972,2 million euros for Marine Services and 190 million euros for Bourbon Subsea Services,

•    10,500 employees in more than 45 countries,

•    458 operating vessels*.

www.bourbon-online.com

 

Comex

• Marine Operation Department : underwater operations. Janus and Minibex vessels with dynamic positioning, Remora 2000 submarine, 3,000 and 8,500 feet ROVs, side-scan sonars, magnetometers, multibeam echosounders…

• Extreme Environment Engineering Department:engineering, conception, manufacturing and maintenance of hyperbaric and hypobaric chambers and special machines, facilities for under pressure validation of equipment.

 www.comex.fr  

Jifmar Offshore Services

JIFMAR Offshore Services is the leading French company offering turn-key maritime solutions. Operating a modern fleet of vessels with highly qualified personnel, JIFMAR provides assistance to:

•    offshore wind farm operators,

•    marine construction & engineering firms,

•    offshore oil & gas community,

•    the defense community.

JIFMAR provides offshore terminal management integrated Inspection-Maintenance-Repair (IMR) services combining project management, project engineering, workboats, multipurpose vessels, personnel transfer vessels, state-of-the-art ROV’s, and specialized tools and protocols to increase productivity and safety when working at sea above and below water.

www.jifmar.fr

Prolarge

Founded in 2008, ProLarge is a partner of choice for the engineering and operational management of your maritime projects. In 2011 the company strengthened its support service for sea trials campaigns.

Meanwhile, it has continued activities in the support of marine environment monitoring and study and has developed its naval training branch abroad. To meet the growing needs of IMR, Prolarge has developed its service to offshore wind turbine projects (studies, support for sounding and surveys, sea-based trials and wind farm monitoring and security).

www.prolarge.fr 

 

Société de dragage International

 

SDI is a marine and waterways contractor active all over France. It just finished executing the first phase of the deepening of the Seine river for the account of the Port of Rouen.SDI realizes very diverse projects,  varying from maintenance dredging works in the ports of Bayonne, Gravelines, La Réunion or on the Gironde river, to beach replenishment works in Pyla, or more specific dredging works as the realization of the foundations for the Bacalan Bastide bridge in Bordeaux, dike consolidation works for the Nice airport or the redevelopment of the SGD terminal in the Port of Dunkirk.

 

The SDI fleet worked all over the world for the account of its sister companies: from the Persian Gulf to Uruguay, Panama and Europe. In 2012,SDI realized a turnover of 57M € and employed about 100 staff and crew.

www.sdi-deme.fr 

 

Thomas Services Maritimes

Shipowner TSM operates service vessels in marine renewable energy, offshore and deep-sea towage and harbour towage.

TSM’s current fleet consists of 15 tugs stationed at different points on the Channel and Atlantic coasts.TSM is an experienced operator and works closely with its customers during their projects using its specialised vessels especially in the following fields:

•     transport and personnel transfer to offshore wind farms,

•    barge and platform towage,

•    vessel assistance.

www.tmsgroup.eu  

VDC Offshore

VDC Offshore specializes in workboat and crewboats chartering and the achievement of any types of mission at sea. VDC Offshore provides watch dog services on behalf of the French Navy, but also survey campaigns for offshore industries and differents other missions like personnel transfer, goods transfer or support in maritime works. VDC Offshore is located at Cherbourg and Lorient and can operate on all the French coast and in the both sides of the Channel.

www.vdc-offshore.com/

V. Navy

V.Navy a ship-owner, born from V.Ships group (the world leading provider of maritime services), has two main business units:

•     financing intelligence (Leasing, PFI …) dedicated to service and offshore vessels that V.Navy can also support as ship-owner,

•     technical assistance and ship management for operators of service and offshore vessels.


And many other areas of expertise

Drybulk

Solid bulk transport is especially well represented by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs  and:

A.B.C.R.M

ABCRM is a subsidiary of SMO, a family-owned company for more than 25 years. ABCRM offers services for the carriage of goods by sea and on the river with premium quality vessels whilst taking advantage of ongoing investment in order to comply with its clients’ needs.

The fleet operated by ABCRM is comprised at the moment of 4 vessels: André Michel 1, Laguêpe, Frelon and AM Larafale. 3 vessels are operated on the Rhone-Mediterranean trade. AM Larafale is operated in the Bay of Biscay and around the Iberian peninsula. They transport  all types of products: bulk, general cargo, project cargos.

The annual freight volume represents more than 300,000 MT.Its office at Port-Saint-Louis du Rhone is in charge of the operation of the above vessels and ship agency for their calls on the Rhone river. ABCRM also acts as shipbrokers in order to enable its clients use of their knowledge and their extensive network. The company also organizes river transports on all inland waterways.

www.abcrm-shipping.com

 Agence Maritime de l’Ouest

Founded in 1912 in Paimpol in Brittany, the company was specialized in short sea transport. Gradually, it has expanded its activities and is now acting as ship owner, ship manager, operator, ship broker, stevedore and freight forwarder. Conventional and dry bulk transport, project cargo, towing and marine projects is the core business of the company, which has subsidiaries in Hamburg and Rotterdam. Moreover, it has three joint ventures in conventional chartering, heavy lifting and towing sectors.

www.amo-ship.com

 Compagnie Armoricaine de Navigation

La Compagnie Compagnie Armoricaine de Navigation (CAN) is a sand-dredging operation, a subsidiary of the Roullier group. CAN operates two sand dredgers, “Côtes de Bretagne” and “Côtes d’Armor”, registered in Paimpol. They extract marine calcium amendments and siliceous materials from proprietary and third-party deposits along the coasts of northern Brittany and the Atlantic Ocean. These two ships also operate on maritime projects such as re-sanding beaches and hydraulic embanking.

 Dragages - Transports et Travaux Maritimes

DTM, together with its subsidiaries SDO and Sablimaris, is a sand dredging ship owner that specializes in extraction, transportation, treatment and sale of marine aggregates.

DTM operates along the French West Atlantic coast between La Rochelle and Brest. DTM operates two trailing suction hopper vessels that supply the four sand terminals of Sablimaris and his clients GSM and LAFARGE.

Gaining sand at sea requires accurate and extensive preliminary studies undertaken by specialist consultants. This activity is part of the sustainable management of the sand resources and is organized within the frame of tough regulations and formal administrative authorization procedures.

www.groupe-libaud.fr/activites.html

 Louis Dreyfus Armateurs

For 150 years Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) has been a large French family-owned group of maritime services and transport companies.

Offering a worldwide presence with over 2,000 staff and 60 vessels, LDA group is organized around three core businesses:

•     Dry Bulk & Logistics: dry bulk transportation with Cetragpa; industrial projects, offshore transhipment and port logistics for dry bulk with LD Ports & Logistics.

•     Industrial services: transportation of heavy and specialized cargoes with Fret-Cetam for Airbus; ocean towage of offshore industrial installations with Fairmount Marine; submarine cable installations, ROV operations and services dedicated to marine renewable energies with Alda Marine (partnership with Alcatel-Lucent) and Louis Dreyfus Travocean; seismic research with Geoἀeld (partnership with CGG).

•     Short Sea activities: freight and regular passenger services in partnership with DFDS; pioneer of the “Motorways of the Sea” concept with GLD Atlantique; port stevedoring with Nicolas Freres.

 www.lda.fr

Liquid bulk

French shipping companies are present in liquid bulk transport with more than 60 tankers carrying raw and refined bulk cargoes. Among shipping companies specialising in petroleum products, chemicals or liqueἀed gas are:

 
 

Maersk Tankers France SAS (Ex Broström Tankers SAS)

Subsidiary of the 1st world shipowners AP Moller Maersk group. Specialized in worldwide operations and management of product and chemical tankers.The fleet is mainly composed of high quality tankers Handy et Medium range and one VLCC. The mission of Maersk Tankers is to offer to the oil and chemical industry competitive and safe transports.

 www.maersktankers.com 

 

SOCATRA

Socatra is leading provider of seaborne transportation service for crude and petroleum products. Its current Ḁeet of 14 modern double-hull tankers with an average age of 4 years.

The group also operates two ro-ro barges designed to carry oversized components for the Airbus A380 on the Garonne River.In addition, with ἀve depots situated on the Atlantic coast, the group has a signiἀcant presence in the oil storage market. Socatra group is also prominent player in the river leisure cruise business in Paris (Vedettes de Paris).

www.socatra.com

 

These shipping companies compete actively in a rapidly expanding global shipping  market carrying goods for the most demanding international companies including Total.

Passenger transport

French shipping companies include large ferry operators. Brittany Ferries (see below), Corsica Ferries and SNCM are the largest.

On October 2013, the French ferry Ḁeet was comprised of:

 

Brittany Ferries

Specialized in passenger and freight transportation, Brittany Ferries operates from France, Great Britain, Ireland and Spain.

•     2,400,000 passengers, 750,000 cars and 171,000 freight vehicles have been carried in 2012,

•     € 365.5 million total turnover,

•     9 vessels,

•     2,460 employees – full-time equivalents, 70% sea-goers, all French Nationals.

The launching of vessels, Mont St-Michel (2002), Pont-Aven (2004), Normandie Express (2005), Cotentin (freight only) (2007), Armorique (2009) and Cap Finistère (2010), widely increased the Company’s competitiveness.

www.brittany-ferries.fr

Compagnie du Ponant

For over 20 years now, Compagnie du Ponant has embodied the art of Yacht Cruises, combining a sophisticated à la française lifestyle on board withexploration and discovery.

Four small capacity ships with fully bilingual crew are composing the fleet of the company:

•     le Ponant, majestic three-mast with 32 staterooms,

•     le Boréal, l’Austral, and le Soléal, yachts with 132 staterooms and suites.

Dreams locations off the beaten track, new cultures and close encounters with the wonders of Nature – these are the privileges on offer thanks to the small size and technical capabilities of the vessels belonging to Compagnie du Ponant.

www.ponant.com

Polaris Expeditions

The Polaris expeditions trips are destined to those seeking to experience an exceptional polar adventure as close to Nature as possible with the guarantee that it’s always possible to get back to a safe and comfortable place.Polaris 1 offers two categories of cruises: summer expeditions, a discovery of Spitsbergen’s nature and wildlife (polar bears, walruses, whales…), and winter expeditions, which combines sea and mountains to offer the joy of ski touring in the Scandinavian Alps in the north of Norway, on mountains that overhangs countless fjords where Polaris 1 can lie at anchor

www.polaris-expeditions.com

The French registry for commercial vessels

 

 

Registre International Francais

 The French flag RIF is the French registry for commercial vessels.The Guichet Unique is the special point of contact for shipping companies and agents for any transactions or questions regarding the French Flag or the management of vessels and their crews. It brings together the administrative divisions of customs and maritime affairs in one single office. A multi-disciplinary team stands ready to listen and respond to ship owners’ needs.

www.rif.mer.developpement-durable.gouv.fr

 

Associaion des Utilisateurs de transport de Fret (AUTF)

Freight Transport Users Association represents the French shipper and numbers among its members, and actively furthers the interests of, several companies of the sector.

www.autf.fr

AMCF

AMCF (Agents Maritimes and Consignataires de France - Shipping Agents and Freight Forwarders of France) is the outcome of a merger between FACAM and SNAM. The FACAM is a federation of port associations, shipping agents and freight forwarders. SNAM is a syndicate representing shipping agents.

 

Total

Being the ἀfth largest publicly-traded integrated oil and gas company in the world, Total plays a predominant role in both the French and the International Maritime Industry.Total is primarily involved in the seaborne transportation of hydrocarbons:

•     more than 3,000 voyages carried out annually by the Group’s chartered fleet,

•     approximately 115 million tons of hydrocarbons shipped annually,
•     a fleet of around 50 vessels under time-charter,

•     more than 100 vessels at sea at any given time. Total helped to pioneer the LNG industry and is today a leading player.

The Group employs a Ḁeet of Gas Carrier under time-charter or through its participation in a large number of LNG projects.

www.total.com 

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