• Une immersion dans les simulateurs de la Force d’Action Navale
    Les longues dunes de sable bordant le canal de Suez défilent devant les yeux des servants de mitrailleuses. Leur mission : neutraliser toute menace qui tenterait de s’en prendre au Charles de Gaulle. Le porte-avions français est bel et bien toujours en cale sèche dans les bassins Vauban, à Toulon, où sa refonte se poursuit. Mais […]
  • Marins sans Frontières envoie une troisième vedette de sauvetage à Madagascar
    Ancienne vedette de deuxième classe de la Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer (SNSM), la Norma a embarqué hier, dans le port de La Rochelle-La Pallice, à bord du MN Calao, l’un des rouliers de la Maritime Nantaise affrétés par le ministère des Armées. Direction l’océan Indien, où elle va rejoindre Madagascar et renforcer les […]
  • Cours des Glénans : La 8e édition est sortie
    La huitième édition du Cours des Glénans est en librairie depuis le 12 octobre. Elle vient remplacer la précédente qui s'était vendue à plus de 40.000 exemplaires. Destinée au débutant aussi bien qu’au marin confirmé, cette bible a  pour ambition de répondre à toutes les questions, ou presque, que l’on peut se poser sur l’eau […]

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Model ships for work, not play

Picture wooded slopes in the foothills of the French Alps, mostly old-growth hazel with roe deer roaming free, and a long, long way from the sea. A patched-up road leads to a lake and an eighteenth-century hunting lodge. Believe it or not, many a sailor — from Mississippi pilots to Russian captains of ice-breaking LNG carriers — has fond memories of this bucolic setting. Not far from here is the Palais idéal, or Ideal palace, a curious masterpiece built by French postman Ferdinand Cheval between 1879 and 1912.

Cherbourg tidal turbine plant under construction

On 21 July, Naval Energies, a subsidiary of French naval shipbuilder Naval Group (ex-DCNS), held a first stone laying ceremony marking the start of work on its new tidal turbine plant at Cherbourg on France’s north-west coast. This is the world’s first plant designed specifically to assemble tidal turbines. The building measures 150m by 37m, for a covered area of 5500 sq.m, with a ceiling height of 20m and two heavy-lift cranes, each rated at 90t.

 

 

Operational in 2018

Foundation for offshore windfarm substation set up

Making the most of last week’s favourable weather conditions, Belgian operator Deme set up the foundation for the Q34 substation at the site selected for the Rentel windfarm off Zeebrugge, Belgium. The leading role was played by Deme’s DP2 Innovation heavy-lift jack-up vessel, which took just 72 hours to do its job.

Fine fishing boats by Gléhen

In mid-September, Gléhen will launch the Bara Breizh for fishing fleet operator Armement Bigouden. Both boatbuilder and client are based at Le Guilvinec in Brittany. The new-build Bara Breizh is scheduled for delivery in late September. This pelagic and demersal trawler, designed by Brittany-based naval architecture bureau Coprexma, features a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. The Bara Breizh is 24.95 metres long, and powered by a 600kW diesel driving a ducted variable-pitch propeller.

 

A solar-powered river cruise boat

The river Charente in western France is navigable over a distance of 164km from its mouth to the city of Angoulême. River cruise operator Pascal Duc, who needs to replace his current boat, the Bernard de Palissy II and has long promoted the Charente’s attractions, has decided on a highly innovative all-solar-powered design that will not use any fossil fuel at all. “I want a low-energy boat that will be environment friendly and in tune with the Charente valley’s wonderful natural setting”, says Pascal.

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