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1.1 Definition and scope of the study

Ship repair corresponds to all industrial activities consisting in repairing a ship after technical damage or damage caused by an accident (collision, grounding...). The sector also includes the maintenance activities required on boats whose wear and tear is becoming too great. This wear is generally natural, due to corrosion, friction with water or shellfish accumulation on the hull.

The ship repair and maintenance sector is closely linked to that of shipbuilding a sector whose economic activity has experienced many ups and downs in recent years. In the late 1990s and before the 2008 crisis, orders were at their highest level. However, successive crises have put the sector at risk. Yet, orders rebounded in 2013 as explained by GICAN. This suggests that future activity in the sector will increase.

In this study we will discuss ship repair and maintenance, private and military vessels but we will omit shipbuilding and other activities - such as equipment and consulting.


1.2 Repair and maintenance play a significant role in the shipbuilding industry

Globally, in ****, the marine industry represented a market of about *** billion euros according to the figures of the GICAN (***). The construction of merchant ships represents **% of the market, worth €** billion . On his side, repair, maintenance and conversion alone represent **% of the market ** billion, which can again be broken down into two ...

1.3 A national market facing difficulties

It is possible to represent the evolution of the turnover of the repair and maintenance sector between **** and ****, using data from the INSEE . As can be seen in the graph below, turnover stagnated relatively between **** and **** and, after a peak in activity in ****, the market size decreased in **** . All in all ...


2.1 Boat typology

The demand for naval repairs is segmented between the defence needs of the French Navy and those of the civil navy
Military vessels
There are several categories of vessels owned by the French Navy. Based on the data provided by the National Navy it is also possible to count ships by ...

2.2 Role of shipbuilding and military expenditure

Shipbuilding and shipbuilding In the ship repair and maintenance sector, it is important to be informed about ship deliveries in France and their production, since it determines the future growth, or decline, of the sector We are only interested in ships produced for France, and not in those intended for export ...

2.3 A demand that changes over time

The ageing of fishing vessels
We can rely on an article from the Point to give some information about the fishing fleet. This is "aging" according to the article Ships are ** years old on average and two-thirds of them are expected to be renewed in the coming years

Source: ****
The growing ...

2.4 Request for repair for pleasure craft and capacity to accommodate

The profile of individuals
For private individuals: the customers of pleasure craft repair companies are mainly pensioners, workers and individuals without professional activities

Source: ****
The equipment and services of marinas depend on their size and geographical location
Size favours the diversity of services

Source: ****
We can logically observe that the capacity ...


3.1 Market organization and dynamics

The ship repair market is structured around several segments defined according to the end use of the vessels.
The following market structure is used:

The market for ship repair and maintenance does not result from a production process. This is an area in which there is only one point of contact ...

3.2 Aspects of ship repair and maintenance

The shipowner chooses between the different shipyards according to his expectations:
If it is a urgent request to deal with damage, the shipowner will be obliged to use a local shipyard If it is a question of a conventional five-year technical shutdown in dry dock (***) or the return to service or ...


4.1 The various services of shipyards excluding construction

Repair and maintenance
If damage occurs to the vessel - collision, fire or grounding - or if wear and tear degrades the quality of the vessel's equipment or hull, it is necessary to have damaged parts repaired . Whatever the equipment - shell, belts, motors, hoses or electrical systems - the ship ...

4.2 Prices calculated on the basis of the volume of the boat

Prices are often calculated at betting on the volume of the ship. The latter is calculated as follows:
V=L × l × l × Te
With data:
L, the overall length of the vessel l, the maximum width of the vessel Te, the maximum draught of the vessel
Knowing that prices vary greatly ...

4.3 Cooperation agreements move the sector forward

Cooperation agreements between repair sites
In addition to the partnerships signed between shipowners and yards, other cooperations are signed between repair sites. For example, Fincantieri signed an agreement with Huarun Dadong Dockyard in Shanghai to provide its technical knowledge on the cruise ship segment in China. In exchange, the Chinese yards ...


5.1 Current regulation

In addition to the traditional rules on safety at work and respect for the environment, it may be interesting to look at a European rule on subsidies for the shipbuilding sector
In ****, the European Commission validated the French draft law aimed at providing subsidies for innovation:
Ship repair yards repairing or ...


6.1 Segmentation

  • Port de la Rochelle
  • Port de Concarneau
  • Normandie Refit
  • Atlantic Refit Center
  • Damen
  • MB92
  • Groupe Navtis
  • hantier naval de Marseille
  • Piriou
  • Chantier naval de Socoa
  • Vertica
  • Nautilia

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