News from Marseille Fos
Marseille workshops signal shiprepair training plan
Almost 100 delegates representing shiprepair professionals and their customers have been hosted by the Marseille Fos port authority at a day-long meeting to review current and future training needs in the region’s fast-growing repair and maintenance market.
Following five workshops and a concluding discussion, they agreed to launch a collaborative strategy with effect from spring 2019 aimed at ensuring the sector’s continued efficiency, reliability and employment opportunities.
The Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur repair cluster already numbers some 90 companies. In recent months, major players have rapidly expanded their presence with investments in new sites and strong growth in orders.
The workshops included analysis of traditional trades by leading commercial yard Chantier Naval Marseille and a survey of new business streams by economic development group Pole Mer Mediterranee. Sessions on the experience and requirements of repairers and users were led by shipowners and port professionals group l’Union Maritime et Fluviale de Fos, the cruise association Club de la Croisiere and the port authority.
Noting that the region offered a range of complementary poles of shiprepair excellence, the authority said that the workshop initiative marked the community’s wish to join forces in a mutually beneficial training and employment network.