Coronavirus: The Federation of Nautical Industries details the aids and its actions

Sailboat production in a Bénéteau factory

In order to support the sector, the Fédération des Industries Nautiques (French Nautical Industries Federation) provides details on its website of the measures available to yachting professionals. Holidays, partial unemployment, it also works on local issues...

Free access to help with procedures for all yachting professionals

Faced with the coronavirus crisis and its economic consequences, business leaders in the recreational boating sector may feel lost. From one official announcement to the next, the eligibility criteria for aid and the possibility of continuing to operate fluctuate and are sometimes difficult to grasp. In support of the sector, the Fédération des Industries Nautiques has created a space for all those involved in the yachting industry, whether or not they are members, with links to the main schemes and analysis sheets specific to the sector. The Covid-19 page deals with all of these subjects, clearly showing the date of publication, as the information evolves rapidly.

Fountaine-Pajot plant

Partial unemployment, holidays: what applications in the boating industry?

The vagueness surrounding access to short-time working during the first week of confinement has worried many boating companies, reporting a lack of return from the Direccte. The details provided on 25 March 2020 by the Ministry of Labour seem to reassure the sector. "To date, nearly 100,000 companies have applied for partial activity and 1.2 million employees are concerned, for a total amount of nearly 4 billion euros. In two days, therefore, more than 500,000 employees and 60,000 additional companies have been covered by the new short-time working system set up by the Ministry of Labour. Since the beginning of the crisis, only 28 requests for short-time working have been refused by the Direccte throughout the country, and this was justified. The new rules put in place give companies 30 days to submit their request, with retroactive effect", says the Government's press release.

"The absence of a response within 48 hours being worth acceptance and the announcement of a payment within 10 days are also very positive for our companies" adds Fabien Métayer, general delegate of the Federation of Nautical Industries (FIN). Advice on how to set up applications for short-time working is available online.

Fabien Métayer, General Delegate of the Fédération des Industries Nautiques (French Nautical Industries Federation)

The site also reminds the conditions to be respected according to the size of the companies and the steps to be taken for the imposition of paid holidays or RTT to the employees. It should be noted that the working time derogation applies only to sectors "deemed essential to the security and continuity of the nation's economic and social life", from which pleasure boating is a priori excluded.

Local actions for boating companies and for the end of the crisis

In addition to online documentary support, FIN exchanges with its members to solve concrete problems. "We intervene, for example, with the State services to obtain access to pontoons for professionals working in areas where certain marinas are closed" illustrates Fabien Métayer. "The challenge will also be to prepare the resumption of activity and to adapt our future measures