What are the challenges for the Sellor? From dry port to community dependency...

Handling at the marina of Lorient

During a visit to the ports of Lorient, we were able to discuss with Sylvain Morel, main harbour master, the development challenges of the Sellor and the operating conditions of the dry port and the Breizh Boat Club.

Make marinas less dependent on communities

Like many French marinas, the ports of Lorient and their manager, Sellor, a semi-public company founded in 1988, are highly dependent on local authorities for their financing, but also for their operating costs. The restriction of public budgets is forcing managers to rethink their economic models. When asked by BoatIndustry about the model of the Compagnie des Ports du Morbihan, which launched Atout Ports to export itself outside the department, Sylvain Morel, main harbour master in Lorient La Base, confirmed that it is necessary to find new sources of financing, even if the relationship with the Lorient communities is important.

"Today, local authorities are still consuming more and more on port rents because the State's allocations are decreasing. We are strongly impacted. If the fee increases by 20%, the berth cannot be increased by 20%. We have to anticipate this increase. Today, more than 80% of our turnover depends on local authorities. To sustain turnover and jobs, we must find turnover on private markets. The part related to communities should not exceed 30%."

Objective 70 members for the Breizh Boat Club

Among the first in France, the Breizh Boat Club, created by the Sellor, offers a fleet of 6 boats, from semi-rigid to small sailboat and open hull, rented by the manager from professionals in Lorient. It was a necessity that now finds its audience, according to Sylvain Morel. "We must monitor the evolution of our customers' consumption. We currently have 50 members and the target is 70 next year. We will now offer a boat without a licence on the canalized part of the Blavet."

A dry port that runs at full capacity

The automated dry port, built by the Norman company ACG, has seduced many people in Lorient, regular use yachtsmen, as Sylvain Morel illustrates. "The typical user is in his forties and goes out by the day. There are 80% of premises. It's a port for people who go out a lot. There are 280 boats. We've done 60,000 handlings in four years and 95 last March alone."

Despite a significant cost, users and managers of the port can be found there. "The dry port represented an investment of ?2.8 million with depreciation over 18 years. This costs 10% more than a place afloat for the yachtsman because the staff ratio is higher. But he finds himself on the maintenance and also on the resale because the boats age less."

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