La Ciotat, Blohm+Voss wins great form

Blohm+Voss form, Hamburg © RaBoe / Wikipedia

The concession for the great shape of La Ciotat is finally awarded to the German shipyard Blohm+Voss. Surprise and disappointment for local actors. An opportunity according to SEMIDEP.

Blohm+Voss, a superyacht leader

Blohm+Voss is a heavyweight in the superyacht market. Based in Hamburg, he has built three of the five largest yachts in existence. Active in other naval sectors, it also has an important ship repair activity. La Ciotat's concession of great shape allows the German group to set foot in the Mediterranean, as close as possible to the largest yacht navigation basin.

An opportunity, according to SEMIDEP

According to SEMIDEP, Blohm+Voss' offer was the best according to its three criteria of choice, in particular against those of Compositeworks and Monaco Marine:

  • The quality of the project envisaged in terms of development of activities and jobs for the territory
  • The credibility of the application, concerning professional, technical and financial guarantees
  • The quality of the financial proposal with a fee based on a direct incentive mechanism from SEMIDEP, proportional to the turnover generated by Blohm+Voss

The creation of an autonomous local subsidiary will, according to SEMIDEP, allow Blohm+Voss to benefit from its know-how and a technical advantage over Mediterranean competitors, while competing with Northern Europe for large projects.

Fear of local actors

We echoed this before the announcement of the winner, Compositeworks and Monaco Marine, already present on form, are worried about the arrival of Blohm+Voss. In a highly competitive sector with a culture of secrecy, customers, owners of ships built in different yards, could avoid Blohm+Voss and turn to new ports. La Ciotat had indeed built itself an image of a multi-card maintenance site, without a dedicated brand.

Moreover, the loss of form may pose problems for their development, as Compositeworks indicated in a press release.

Probationary period

The concession is awarded for a probationary period of 35 months, at the end of which SEMIDEP and the holder will review the objectives achieved and not achieved. The announced objectives would make it possible to multiply by 5 the amount received by SEMIDEP which will thus be able to reinvest them for the infrastructure necessary for all the actors of the port of La Ciotat.

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