Naval and yachting

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.

40 Projets funded

60 Labelled projects

3 Collaborative platforms

215 M€ Budget of labeled projects

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 Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 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. Occitania 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


We play an important part in our field through our national involvement with:

  • The Council on research and innovation for naval activity and construction (CORICAN)
  • The strategic comity on naval activities (CSFN)
  • The National Alliance for the future of industry ( NFI)

and our partnership with regional institutions such as :

  • The regional strategic comity on naval activities (CSFRn)
  • The 3s comities in Occitania

We work with stakeholders all around the Mediterranean shoreline on innovation as well the strengthening of their industrial equipment.


The most recent projects

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