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Caen la mer is proud of its maritime nature
A 13,000m2 development devoted to the nautical business incubator
12 businesses/organisations accommodated
around 25 jobs
1 business centre

Norlanda Programme
The Norlanda programme devoted to the nautical sector was introduced in July 2004 with the primary aim of developing a nautical business incubator. Caen la Mer consequently acquired an industrial site which already comprised a number of buildings. Rehabilitation work to ensure that existing premises comply with current standards was then undertaken with a view to asserting the regional capital's vocation as a coastal town. The site is in the immediate vicinity of the canal and has hundreds of metres of docks located alongside hectares of platforms.
Referred to as the "Norlanda nautical incubator" the site offers premises in the form both of an incubator and a business centre.
The incubator is a standard offer enabling business creators from the nautical sector to benefit from offices and shared areas (meeting room, cloakroom, cafeteria) at preferential rates, together with a range of coaching and business plan monitoring services for the newly created business. This offer is coordinated by the economic development agency Synergia's "CEEI", in English its EBIC (European Business and Innovation Centre).
This inaugural business incubator devoted to the nautical sector offers, over a site comprising 13,000m2 of industrial and tertiary premises: three halls (3,905m², 2,810m², 2,500m²) each equipped with 2 rolling bridges; one 1,550m² building equipped with 2 rolling bridges, 250m² of premises for tertiary activities, 792m² of office space over 2 floors including cloakrooms and toilets, one 646m² storage building with rolling bridge, one 830m² warehouse and one 590m² exhibition building.
The nearby business centre completes the existing offer by providing future entrepreneurs with larger workshop areas equipped with rolling bridges.
The aim is to create a skill centre in promising market niches within the nautical sector, including the following activities:
- High-seas racing boat construction, maintenance and repair
- Pleasure boating construction and sub-contracted services
- Activities associated with innovative implementation and construction processes
- Implementation and industrialisation of biocomposite materials
The challenge which was taken on in 2004 is already on the road to success in the light if its preliminary results:
- The perpetuation of the V1D2 high-seas racing technical base, which has already prepared 6 of the participating boats in the last edition of the Jacques Vabre transatlantic race and is also involved in the construction of the 'VEOLIA OCEANS 52' carbon one designs which will take part in the SolOceane race.
- Officially inaugurated in October 2008, the launch of the nautical business incubator comprises a 13,000m2 complex including business premises (9,000m2), relay workshops (3,000m2), offices, exhibition warehouses, halls equipped with rolling bridges...
Upon opening, already 12 businesses were accommodated and around 25 new jobs created.
- The creation of a rehabilitation centre focusing on nautical professions, in particular the repair and renovation of old rigs.


(*) The name « Norlanda » was given to a famous racing yacht in the 1930's, designed by the architect Charles Nicholson. The very sound of Norlanda is also evocative of northern regions and Nordic origins. Today, Norlanda has taken on a new meaning, signifying local commitment to the development of the nautical industry from Caen to the seafront.

  • Panneau Norlanda
  • Vue aérienne du Port de Caen
  • Barre de bateau
  • Voilier
  • Plan Pépinière entreprises nautiques