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 Marinas and Ports of Marina

The Atlantic Marina Association (APPA) and the Association of Marina Ports of Brittany (APPB) have announced their ambition to create a National Union of Marina Ports (UNPP). The two regional entities, grouping together 140 marinas, marinas and moorings on the Atlantic and Channel coasts, wish to give birth to the new structure during the 1st quarter of 2020. The decision has been validated by their respective boards of directors.

Influence national debates on boating with all regions

The APPB and APPA have been working together for several years. The associations are already members of the Confédération du Nautisme et de la Plaisance and the Comité Nautisme et Plaisance, where they can defend their interests at the national level. Through the UNPP, they wish to join forces with the other regions to bring the sector's issues to the fore. "We are used to working together, for example for technical days, or to express common positions such as on the financing of the future of the SNSM. Together, the APPA and APPB represent 40% of port capacity. PAPU, with which we worked on the SNSM dossier, 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, competitor of the French Federation of Marinas ?

While there is already a French Federation of Marinas and Ports (FFPP), we questioned the manager on the positioning of the new association in relation to it. It should be remembered that the APPA and APPB left the FFPP in 2004 and 2013 respectively. "There is a situation of dissatisfaction with the FFPP. We have had lengthy discussions over the last few months to find a way to join them. These have stalled. We felt that this could not be summed up by a willingness to leave it at that. We invite the other regional unions to join us," said Michaël Quernez. The latter does not decide on the possible double membership of the FFPP and the UNPP. "It is up to the regional unions to make their own decisions."

The criticisms made of the FPPP are reflected in the joint communiqué of APPA and APPB and the objectives set for the new structure: "Their ambition (Editor's note: that of APPA and APPB) is that of structuring a forum for inter-regional and inter-port exchanges and bringing 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 the costs of structure or headquarters and directly meeting the expectations of all the marinas"