Stabilised buoy - Bouée stabilisée
24 June 2016

The global state of the maritime economy

power buoy - energy - autonomy

We are taking advantage of the Global Ocean Week to think about the maritime activities, their development, their obstacles and the global state of the maritime economy.

Half a million French people work in the maritime economy; that is to say 2% of the national employment situation in 2015. In fact, France controls the second largest marine area in the world; ahead of Australia and Russia. A significant advantage but unexploited for the time being…
Today, the French maritime economy stays mainly in coastal areas (tourism, shipbuilding, activities in harbour …) but a lot of analysis points towards a need for increased development of the maritime economy and the deployment of more and more activities at sea. However, this development is restrained by 3 main factors: the behaviour of structures at sea (platforms and ships) and the associated sizing constraints, the power supply for the structures (how to avoid constantly supplying fuel oil) and the small number of labourers who have to work on the platforms.

Being aware of the current situation and of future needs, we have been working on solutions to these issues for 5 years and today we are able to offer ship and marine platform stabilisation systems and autonomous powering platforms.

Repeated communication with our clients have given us a good understanding of the importance of the third factor: finding the necessary number of French people who are willing to work at sea is a constraint (going to sea is not seen as a great opportunity in France and probably in other countries as well). In France, the debate continues around this new concern: increasing the motivation and reducing the objections to working on these platforms for a few months. What are the different ways to encourage this change of mentality?

Sources : INSEE, mer et marine, baromètre PWC, Cluster Marine Français, Odyssée Développement