- Business - La Ciotat to form a maritime cluster?

On 30 October, La Ciotat Shipyards (LCS), the public company managing and developing the shipyards of La Ciotat, held a roundtable discussion in order to determine whether or not the creation of a large yacht industrial cluster containing the trades of maintenance, repair and conversion, would be of benefit. The roundtable, which was moderated by Jean-Yves Saussol, CEO of LCS, included Antoni Tio Sauleda (president of Barcelona Cluster Nautic), Ben Mennem (president of MB92 La Ciotat), Isabelle Dimech (CEO of ID Yachting decoration), Gilles Guichet (CEO of Sud Monteurs), François Lambert (general delegate of Gican) and Serge Bornarel (general delegate of the UIMM Alpes-Méditerranée).

Initial exchanges confirmed that the La Ciotat contingent felt that the site had all the necessary components to initiate the formation of a cluster, largely thanks to the presence of a number of major refit businesses that are capable of attracting the largest superyachts in the world to the region (at the time of writing, La Ciotat site has four superyachts over 130m at the various facilities), which is soon to be bolstered by the completion of the Yachting Village and the various companies housed therein. That being said, the pervading opinion was that, in order to be a true cluster in the image of that of Barcelona, a thorough analysis of value chains would be required.

Referring to the example of the Barcelona cluster, Toni Tio emphasised the benefits of a clustering approach as a means of kee....

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