A new association strengthens the division within French marinas

Royan Marina, member of the Atlantic Seaports Association

The Breton and Atlantic associations of marinas, the APPA and the APPB have announced the creation of a National Union of Marina Ports. Michaël Quernez, President of the APPB, explains the dynamics of this launch. The landscape of French marinas is increasingly fractured with the emergence of this body external to the French Federation of Marina Ports.

Birth of the National Union of Marina Ports

The Atlantic Seaports Association (APPA) and the Association of Seaports of Brittany (APPB) have announced their ambition to create a National Seaports Union (UNPP). The two regional entities, comprising 140 marinas, marinas, marinas and anchorage areas along the Atlantic and Channel coasts, wish to create the new structure during the first quarter of 2020. The decision was validated by their respective boards of directors.

To influence national debates on boating, with all regions

The APPB and the APPA have been working together for several years. The associations are already members of the Confederation of Boating and Pleasure Boating and the Boating and Pleasure Committee, where they can defend their interests at the national level. Through UNPP, they wish to partner with other regions to support the sector's issues. "We are used to working together, for example for technical days, or to express common positions such as on financing the future of the SNSM. Together, the APPA and the APPB represent 40% of port capacity. The UPACA, with which we worked on the SNSM case, also represents 40%. We aspire to be more representative and to act in areas such as regulation, for example. The public authorities are already turning to us" illustrates Michaël Quernez, President of the APPB.

The UNPP, a competitor of the French Federation of Marina Ports?

While there is already a French Federation of Marinas (FFPP), we asked the manager about the positioning of the new association in relation to it. It should be recalled that APPA and APPB left the FFPP in 2004 and 2013 respectively. "There is a situation of dissatisfaction with the FFPP. We have had long discussions in recent months to find the way to reach them. These have stumbled. We felt that this could not be summarized by a desire to leave it at that. We invite other regional unions to join us," says Michaël Quernez. The latter does not decide on the possible dual membership of the FFPP and UNPP. "It is up to the regional unions to make their decisions."

The criticisms made of the FPPP are reflected in the joint communiqué of the APPA and the APPB and the objectives set for the new structure: "Their ambition (Editor's note: that of the APPA and the APPB) is to structure a forum for inter-regional and inter-port exchanges and to bring together a team of General Delegates from all the regional unions who wish to work in a transversal and agile manner. This decentralised coordination must be able to draw on regional experience and know-how, limiting structural or head office costs and directly meeting the expectations of all marinas."

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