Naval and yachting

  • 26 Projets financés
  • 36 Projets labellisés
  • 2 Plateformes collaboratives
  • 133M€ Budget de projets labellisés

Like Europe, France lags far behind in the construction of large vessels with low added value but nonetheless remains an important force in the design, development and maintenance of military and civil vessels with high added value and in innovative on-board equipment as well as being a leader in pleasure craft and their maintenance.

Industrial range

The French shipbuilding and nautical industry represents 50,000 direct jobs with an annual turnover of 9 billion Euros.

France exports between 30 to 80% of its productions, totalling almost 4 billion Euros.

Nearly a third of these jobs and this turnover are achieved in the Mediterranean area. The PACA region, supported by its industry which is closely located to major commercial, military or pleasure ports, has a strong identity in ship maintenance, repair and refitting. Languedoc-Roussillon has attracted world leaders in the construction of cruise catamarans and the fields of engineering, naval architecture, equipment and ship breaking are also significant.

Global potential

Despite economic slowdown and the 2008 and 2012 crises thousands of new vessels are still being delivered across the world and the remaining vessels require specialised attention for their upkeep and maintenance.

Along with the developments in these mature markets, new opportunities are emerging and particularly in the field of marine energy farms and coastal transport of goods and people which contribute to a more sustainable multi-functional approach for coastal towns and regions.

The Mediterranean is a global hub and a superb body of water for cruising and yachting which attracts all sorts of vessels and all nationalities: a global market at arms’ reach and an unparalleled showcase for expertise.

Expectation of technical innovation

Shipowners, driven by the variations in output and demand are changing certain parameters of their business model.

They are honing requirements for simplicity and safety and expect the best returns on their investments.

This demand for performance is driving new technological requirements and challenges. The aim of the Green Ship of the Future programme is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% and the environmental impact, costs and maintenance times by 50% within 10 years…

A structured industry

Since 2009 the shipbuilding industry in France has been highly structured. The work done by the Grenelle de la Mer and the Blue Book: National Strategy for the oceans and seas led to the creation of CORICAN (Advisory Council for Research and Innovation in Naval Construction and related activities) and the Strategic Committee of the Naval Sector (CSFN). The Pôle represents and supports those along the Mediterranean coastline via its support programme for SMEs in the naval industry: OCEANS 21.

The French state and the Pôle Mer continue this approach to structure the industry on a European level as part of the next framework programme HORIZON 2020. All are working towards the creation of a public-private naval partnership which should, shortly after launch of the first calls for proposals in 2014, be capable of managing a budget of several dozen million Euros for innovation in engineering, construction and naval repairs.