An editorial of OFFSHORE INDUSTRY magazine, Volume 3, issue 3
The development of maritime renewable energy is an environmental stake complying with France's green power production commitments and set to cover 23% of 'green power production' in 2020.
It is also an essential economical stake to France's Brittany region in particular.Download : Download and read the article (4,65 Mo)
Bretagne Pole Naval enhances the network of excellence in naval and marine renewable energy sectors, in Hamburg
The 70 companies grouped in the cluster have complementary and diversified skills in all professions, constituting the cluster performance.
They offer comprehensive solutions and a wide range of expertise and capacity to respond to large, high tech and high added value projects.
The activity of repair and conversion concerns in particular vessels of 130 meters.
BPN wants to develop this activity destined for customers outside the region, particularly for export
The cluster also develops skills and holders of approved projects for the development of marine renewable energy in Brittany. In its organization in 2010, BPN through a committee on marine renewable energy aims both to contribute to the development of offshore energy production onshore and offshore Brittany, with the participation of businesses in the region in the industrial organization of these projects. And secondly, it aims to develop to term their activities to international projects, including the design of offshore service vessels.
The cluster attends SMM 7-10 September 2010, for the second time, Hall B4 stand 4 at French Pavilion
Four companies show their international ambitions on the stand of BPN in Hamburg:
The Port of Concarneau Professionals Association with works scheduled for the next months are for instance: a new 45-meter ferry and a new 110’ carbon catamaran, the refit of 6 customs patrol boats, building of 4 tug boats for Algeria and the refit of another catamaran
The shipbuilding and repair division of SPIE (CRN) works primarily for navies. CRN is conducting and the production of switchboards for automation system for propulsion of submarines type Barracuda
NAVTIS, in April 2010, just finished off the technical stopover of the Hydrographic and Oceanographic vessel “Pourquoi Pas”
STX Europe, Lorient designs and builds high-tech ships of 30-120 meters long.More about SMM Hamburg
ALT (Atlantic Logistics and Transportation), operates primarily logistics and transportation in industry and shipbuilding activities in all ports in the region.
BRETAGNE OXYCOUPAGE is a specialist in cutting metals, steel, stainless steel and aluminum for industry and shipbuilding
EIFFEL Industry makes metal construction and naval and industrial maintenance
RAIDCO International, is specialized in engineering and mastery of shipbuilding and maintenance
UFAST, shipyard specialized in composite materials, is installed in Quimper
BPN which now has 70 members in 2010 strengthens the powers of the industrial network and confirms its vocation as regional cluster of players in the naval industry and the marine renewable energy sector in Brittany.
At the beginning of this year, the French State has presented locations adapted to the development of fixed wind farms in Western France.
At the beginning of this year, during last meeting of regional Sea Conference, which the association Bretagne Pôle Naval took part, the French State has presented locations adapted to the development of fixed wind farms in Western France.
The development of Renewable Marine Energy is an environmental stake complying with the “Sea Grenelle” commitments. It is also an essential economical stake for our Region, combined with the industrial port infrastructures development, the link between the shore and the sea. That the reason why Bretagne Pôle Naval, Western France Naval Industry Association, has created, at the beginning of 2010, a specific committee dedicated to Renewable Marine Energy.
Gilles L’Haridon, general delegate of the association Bretagne Pôle Naval underlined during the presentation of this new committee: “the general goals are to contribute to the development of sea and wind power production plants in the coastal and offshore of Brittany Region (Western France), to guarantee the participation of local companies in the industrial set up of projects, to increase the industries competences in this field and to develop their activity towards export projects.”
Main projects in Brittany concern 3 types of plants:
Fixed offshore Wind energy (till 30 meters depth): among the companies managing projetcts, the company Nass & Wind from Lorient, member of Bretagne Pôle Naval
Floating offshore Wind power (more than 50 meters depth):
2 prototypes are being developed in Brittany with companies members of the association Bretagne Pôle Naval:
WINFLO project is managed by the company Nass & Wind, with DCNS and SAIPEM
DIWET project is managed by the company BLUE H, with TIMOLOR-Leroux & Lotz.
Wave and Tidal Power (Marine current Turbines):
2 projects in Brittany too:
The project of Paimpol-Bréhat is managed by EDF
SABELLA project is managed by the company Hydrohelix, with SOFRESID.
Bretagne Pôle Naval has already implemented a program of actions:
To meet every regional project maker in order to know their industrial set up forecast to allow the companies to make their position as partners, suppliers, sub-contractors or providers.
The association Bretagne Pôle Naval is the connection between institutional or professional organizations which pilot actions in this field: Agence Economique de Bretagne (Economy Agency of Brittany), Pôle Mer (Sea Competitiveness pole), Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables (Renewable Energy Union), Cluster Maritime Français (French Maritime Cluster). The association is also a member of the Renewable Marine Energy technological platform based in Brest and launched last 19th of March 2010.
At last, to represent industrial strength of Western France companies in the field of Renewable Marine Energy and also to ensure technological and commercial watch over, the association Bretagne Pôle Naval, together with Bretagne International , the Agence Economique de Bretagne (Economy Agency of Brittany) and the Pôle Mer Bretagne ( Brittany Sea Competitiveness Pole)will attend , European Wind Energy Conference in Warsaw , Poland 20 to 23 april 2010.
To promote and represent Western France naval industry is one of the goals of the association Bretagne Pôle Naval. That’s the reason why the cluster will represent the corporate companies, their competences and know-how attending major events and exhibitions for civilian and military naval industry and for renewable sea energy industry.
In 2010, the association will attend 4 international exhibitions:
Bretagne Pôle Naval is taking part to EWEC 2010 Warsaw, Poland 20 - 23 April 2010 with Bretagne International & Pôle Mer Bretagne. EWEC is an annual event combining a huge professional exhibition of key operators of the industry and a full program of conferences on key topics for wind energy market, as offshore wind energy in Europe, for example.
From 7 -10 september 2010, Bretagne Pôle Naval will have a stand in French pavilion set up by Ubi France and Bretagne International at SMM 2010 in Hamburg, Germany. The exhibition of international marine industry welcomes more than 52 000 visitors from the entire world. 2000 exhibitors coming from 50 nations and 65 % of foreign exhibitors: that’s the place to be to introduce, confirm and develop international maritime business.
International exhibition of naval and marine industry, set up under the patronage of Ministry of Defence and General Secretary of Sea, the 22nd venue of Euronaval will take place at the exhibition centre of Paris-le Bourget 25 -29 October 2010 : Bretagne Pôle Naval will attend the trade fair for the second time with dynamic 50sqm booth.
2010 Maritima exhibition is held in Hall 5 of the exhibition centre of porte de Versailles in Paris. Bretagne Pôle Naval will attend this fair which is the meeting place for maritime French economy. New Maritima President is Pascal Piriou, President of Piriou group, a corporate member of the association BPN.
...which better corresponds to market reality and to business development and opportunities for the naval Industry.
From now on, the cluster of naval industry operators is organized in 5 operational committees and 3 supporting committees. Operational committees are defined according to activities which carry development and diversification of Western France naval Industry:
- « Ships repairs and conversion » committee, presided by Stéphane Gautard, sales engineer in DCNS Brest will work to develop repairs and conversion activities for ships over 130m,
- « Military ships and equipments » committee, presided by Bernard Corvaisier, General Manager of NAVTIS, will contribute to keep up and increase partnership between industries and major principals,
- « Renewable marine energy » committee, presided by Philippe Drian, General manager of Laudren Naval, will have the task of develop the contribution of naval industries, their skills and their enterprise in the settlement of offshore power plants : offshore wind energy (wind farms), Wave and Tidal power (marine current turbines), Ocean Thermal Energy,
- « Yachts and leisure boats » committee,
- « Oil & Gas » committee, presided by Pascal Gaior, in charge of Oil & Gas in SOFRESID (west).
The 3 supporting committees are kept:
- Port facilities committee, presided by Raymond Cosquéric, elected member of I.C.C. of Quimper,
- Employment and training committee, presided by Bruno Pivain, General Manager of TIMOLOR-Leroux & Lotz,
- Promotion and communication actions committee, presided by Jean-Daniel Fourdrinier.