President: Mr Gilles Bonavita, GB-Performance

Vice-President: Mr Nicolas Sartini, APL

Vice-President: Mr Frédéric Vazzoler, Total Marine Fuels


French Chamber Contact: Sylvie Berthaud


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French Maritime Cluster (CMA CGM)


The Maritime Committee in Singapore 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. 

Supported Events

Vessel Performance Optimisation (VPO) Forum, 9 October 2018.

Members of the French Chamber of Commerce will benefit from 30% discount. Please contact Sylvie if you are interested:

Vessel Performance Optimisation (VPO) Forum, 9 October 2018Higher fuel prices, tighter regulation, and a commitment to a greener future are changing the way the shipping industry does business. Greater insight into vessel performance is available through high-tech monitoring systems and digital twins, but it is vital to understand why a parameter is being monitored and what the data shows in order to adjust a vessel’s operation to make it more efficient and attractive to charterers.

The 2020 sulphur-in-fuel oil cap brings new challenges. Largely, the availability of fuel and the consequences to shipowners and operators if obtaining compliant fuel is not possible. With more fuel blends available to meet the 0.5 per cent limit, no two ports will supply the exact same composition of fuel. Even a slight change in quality between fuels can lead to substantial issues with engine performance and breakdown, as the recent problem in the US Gulf illustrates. The industry needs clarity on which fuels will be available and where they will be to make decisions now for 2020.

Ships may choose to retrofit scrubbers or covert to LNG to avoid the problem of low sulphur fuel availability. They require larger CAPEX investments, but OPEX may be lower as low sulphur fuel costs are expected to rise. Shipowners and operators must weigh up the options and understand which investments make financial sense and what financial assistance they may be able to obtain.

VPO Singapore 2018 will consist of three key sessions to identify and discuss the approaches to better ship performance through monitoring, fuel management, and financing technologies for change.

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  • Apr 2018 | ESSEC Asian Strategy Challenge – Maritime Data Ecosystem

Diane DUQUESNE, Isabelle OLIVERIPaul FIASCAN and Alexandre LEMOINE had 2 semesters and "carte blanche" to find out how to settle a Maritime Digital Ecosystem in the area and think about an innovative product or service for the members of the French Maritime Cluster.

The project team could count on the support of:

Xavie PAVIE, Asia Strategy Challenge Tutor, Director of the iMagination Center at ESSEC

Gilles Bonavita, President of the French Cluster Maritime Committee, Director of GB-Performance

Frederic VAZZOLER, VP of the French Cluster Maritime Committee, Global Sales Director at Total Marine Fuel

Benoit COSSERAT, Business Development Manager at CMA CGM Asia Regional Office

Sylvie BERTHAUD, in charge of the French Cluster Maritime Committee at the French Chamber of Commerce

Download the final presentation here.


  • Oct 2017 | Exceptional Meeting with Mr Frederic Moncany de Saint-Aignan President of the French Maritime Cluster (CMF)

On 4 October 2017, the French Chamber organised an exceptional networking meeting and drink with the President of the CMF, Mr Frederic Moncany de Saint-Aignan. Following the meeting, the President invited some of the principal actors of the maritime industry in Singapore for a casual dinner.



  • Apr 2017 | French Maritime Positioning: Final Report and Recommendations by ESSEC Students

With the support of the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and the French Maritime Cluster in Singapore, SMIB students from ESSEC Business School have produced a report on recommendations on how French companies can match Singapore’s maritime strategy on the long run.



After the first event organised at ESSEC Campus in February, students emphasised on the main challenges the industry is facing along with executives coming from all sectors: Environment, New technology and Education.


Taking into account the feedback received from the stakeholders, students worked hard to deliver a final report which established recommendations to answer those challenges and help French companies to be at the forefront of maritime industry.


The meeting was also an opportunity for Maritime industry players to network over a great breakfast.


Download the Final Report here and the presentation slides here


  • Feb 2017 | Visit of PSA Port of Singapore

Nicolas Sartini, CEO of APL & VP of French Maritime Cluster Committee in Singapore (FMCCS) and his team welcomed members of the French Chamber’s FMCCS, on 17 February 2017, on a journey into the container shipping world.



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Committee Documents (members’ only)

Apr 2018  | A Conversation with Frédéric Barnaud, Group Ceo of Pavilion Energy
Feb 2018 | One Belt One Road and its impact on the maritime industry
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

Past Events

12 Nov 2015 - 14:00
Speakers: Keppel Shipyard
29 Oct 2015 - 17:00
Speakers: Networking Event
13 Oct 2015 - 18:30
Speakers: Aeronautics, Space, Defence & Security and French Maritime Cluster Committees
8 Sep 2015 - 17:00
Speakers: Mr Paul Holthus, Founding President & CEO, World Ocean Council
8 Jul 2015 - 08:30
Speakers: Port of Singapore Authority