• Update on Brazil’s submarine programme
    Today we take you to a construction site that is both monumental and unique. We are off to Itaguaí, 70km south-west of Rio de Janeiro to report progress on the most comprehensive naval technology transfer programme to date. It is here that Brazil will launch its next-generation submarines from a brand spanking new submarine shipyard […]
  • Energy Observer named in Paris
    Energy Observer, the first energy self-sufficient boat powered solely by renewable energies and hydrogen was officially named in Paris on 6 July after sailing from Saint-Malo to the mouth of the Seine, then up the Seine to the French capital.The boat was built in Canada in 1983 as a maxi-catamaran (length: 30.5m, beam:12.8m). In 1994, […]
  • More tests for Polar Pod
    Work continues on the Polar Pod, a brainchild of intrepid French adventurer, scientist, medico and sailor Jean-Louis Etienne. Following concept testing in 2014, a new model of the Polar Pod spar-buoy laboratory recently underwent tank t... […]

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Le vertigineux plongeon de la construction navale mondiale

Le net ralentissement des échanges mondiaux a entrainé un effondrement global des commandes de navires. Elles ont atteint en 2016 l’un de leurs plus bas niveaux historiques, équivalent à celui de 2009, pendant la dernière grande crise financière et économique, qui avait elle-même ramené la navale mondiale aux basses eaux de la fin des années 80 et du début des années 90. « On se souviendra de 2016 comme de l’année de la quasi-extinction des commandes de navires neufs et de la chute libre des prix des très rares commandes qui ont néanmoins été placées.