French Maritime Cluster


French Maritime Cluster


President: Mr Gilles Bonavita, GB-Performance

Vice-President: Mr Nicolas Sartini, APL

Vice-President: Mr Frédéric Vazzoler, Total Oil Asia-Pacific


French Chamber Contact: Sylvie Berthaud

French Maritime Cluster (CMA CGM)


The French Maritime Cluster Committee in Singapore (FMCCS) has been created by the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore with Cluster Maritime Français (CMF). The committee’s main goal is to promote the French maritime economy in the Asia-Pacific area. With the interest of all French Chamber and CMF members in mind, this committee offers opinions and expertise on current issues and business trend perspectives. It delivers key insights into doing business in the maritime sector in Singapore and in the region. 


This committee endeavours to be an accurate tool for the promotion and strengthening of maritime sector in the region, thanks to a business club led by dynamic members with a regional perspective. 


  • Feb 2017 | French Maritime Positioning in Singapore and Asia

With the support of the French Cluster Maritime Committee presidency, a dynamic team of 7 ESSEC students are conducting a study on the French Maritime Position in Singapore.

The first analysis has been presented on Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017, during a workshop held at ESSEC, where professionals from the sector had the opportunity to give their feedback and guide the students. It was also a great opportunity to meet some peers and create synergy/partnerships.

Many topics were discussed, and chiefly figured were Environment Issues, Technology & New Trends, as well as Education & Marketing: three areas identified as Singapore’s priorities.

A big thanks to everyone who participated to the meeting: the study can now reach a new speed, be deepened and completed.

Don’t miss the grand final presentation end of April!


  • Dec 2016 | Study by ESSEC Master students - French Maritime Position in Asia

The mission of the French Maritime Cluster is to inform its members, create synergies and gather industry members. It is always in need of deeper, more insightful studies of the local markets.

In 2014-2015, the Cluster worked closely with ESSEC students - as part of their ASC - to release a report on the Southeast Asian Maritime sector and the French positioning in the region. In 2015-2016, the focus was on the Singapore maritime market, in mapping its strategy, its main actors as well as its international presence.

This year, the focus is to continue on the survey of this market, and explore how the French maritime economy can compete with or build synergies with the industry.

With the support of the French Maritime Cluster committee presidency, a dynamic team of seven students, with Benoit Butruille, Myriam El Andaloussi, Natasha Moussavi Saeedi, Vincent Nanna, Julie Revil and Karim Tazi Labzour have already started to interview maritime key players and analyse the market.

Join in the French maritime spirit! Your participation is valued and will enable us to enhance our strengths in this difficult time preparing from the curve inversion. Your active support will help ESSEC students produce cutting-edge research on the matter.

To participate or to receive updates on this study, do contact Sylvie Berthaud by email at





  • Mar 2016 | Diner & FMCCS meeting presentation shipping in south East Asia by Philippe Louis Dreyfus


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Committee Documents (members’ only)

Apr 2017 | Report on Maritime Strategy - ESSEC Business School.pdf
Mar 2017 |

Piracy in South East Asia - French Naval Academy

Jan 2017 | LNG as a clean bunkering fuel for a green mobility - ENGIE.pdf
May 2016 | A Key Player in the Container Maritime Industry Consolidation - CMA CGM.pdf
Apr 2016 | Singapore an International Maritime Centre - MPA.pdf
Mar 2016 | Maritime Singapore Green Initiative - MPA.pdf
Sep 2015 | World Ocean Council.pdf
Jun 2014 | French Maritime Cluster Committee Guidelines.pdf

Past Events

26 Apr 2017 - 08:30
Speakers: Capitaine de vaisseau Philippe BAUZON, Attaché de défense, Ambassade de France
20 Apr 2017 - 08:30
Speakers: ESSEC MBA students
3 Mar 2017 - 08:30
Speakers: Mr Eric Frécon, Ass. Professor, French Naval Academy
17 Feb 2017 - 13:00
Speakers: Mr Nicolas Sartini, CEO APL
14 Feb 2017 - 08:30
Speakers: ESSEC students