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The region's boat industry: 160 companies, 1,400 direct jobs, 2,356 workers in military naval construction with specific expertise: nuclear submarine construction
The APER (National Association for Eco-responsible Boating) coordinates the BPHU (Out of use sailing boats) network in Caen

Sailing boat construction
The Calvados and Manche department coastlines host a rich fabric of nautical enterprise in the towns of Caen, Ouistreham, Honfleur, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Deauville, Trouvill-sur-Mer, Dives-sur-Mer, Port-en-Bessi-Huppain or Isigny-sur-Mer, Granville, Cherbourg and St Vaast-la-Hougue.
Among them are a number of shipyards (ACM, ARTECH, YACHT Industries, Garcia in Condé-sur-Noireau and CMN), companies providing maintenance and repair (V1D2, Solutions Composites), sail manufacturers (Voilerie Granvillaise) engine manufacturers, naval architects and engineers, boat rental companies, ship chandlers, deck fitters (Karver or Facnor), onboard electronics.

Direction des Constructions Navales (DCNS) – Naval Construction Directorate
In 2003, DCN became a publicly funded private company. In 2007, it emerged as a European leader in naval defence with the grouping together, within DCNS, of Thales and DCN naval activities. In 2010, DCNS employed 2,356 salaried workers. It specialises in the construction of nuclear submarines (for the French Navy) or diesel-electric submarines (for export). The new generation SSBN (Ship Submersible Ballistic Nuclear), currently under construction with delivery planned for 2010, « Le Terrible » will be the first to implement the M51 ballistic missile system.

Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (CMN)
In the 70's and the 80's, among other prototypes built for illustrious skippers, CMN in Cherbourg launched Kriter V for Olivier de Kersauzon and Paul Ricard aboard which Eric Tabarly beat the Atlantic crossing world record. CMN recently decided to diversify to luxury yacht construction: 200 feet long, 3 motor yachts launched in 2009: Netanya 8, Slipstream and Cloud 9.
CMN is also involved in the construction of patrol boats and speed boats for armies in the Persian Gulf. With around 400 salaried workers, CMN is one of the world's leading patrol boat builders and is the last private naval construction yard of its kind in France.

The Norlanda programme unveils along the Caen-Ouistreham sea canal. The programme's ambition: to accelerate the economic recovery of a port area offering vast potential and to develop the local nautical sector by attracting entrepreneurs.October 2008 marked the official opening of the nautical enterprise zone across a 13,000m2 complex including relay workshops (3,000m2) and business premises (9,000m2): offices, shops, halls equipped with rolling bridges...
Upon opening, already 12 businesses were accommodated and around 25 new jobs created. www.norlanda.fr

A new stage in the development of the BPHU - "Bateaux de Plaisance Hors d'Usage" (Out of use sailing boats) programme was recently approved by the FIN (French Federation of Nautical Industries). An association was created on the 29th of January 2009, aimed at coordinating the dismantling programme for out of use vessels. This structure should enable the operational launch of the BPHU programme, and should provide an objective assessment of the volume of vessels effectively concerned by the programme.

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  • CMN catamaran neuf