Unifying the Maritime Sector to Create the French Maritime Place

The French Maritime Cluster (CMF) is an organisation created to gather, stimulate and promote the French maritime economic sector. Its current membership of more than 360 organisations from the sector includes large groups and companies, SME, VSE, professional federations and associations, local governments, research centers and the French Navy. Established in 2006 to provide a voice for those professionally engaged in maritime related activities, it is the focal point and representative of the French maritime industries.

The CMF acts on three fronts: Institutional Communication, Operational Synergies between its members and Lobbying.

Chief among its publications is an Annual Brochure designed as a business tool, which gives an analytical snapshot of essential data on France’s maritime industries.

Since 2006, more than 5.780 professionnals have taken part in the 42 (soon 43) cross-sector Synergy Work Groups: “Marine Renewable Energy”, “Deep Sea Mining”, “Creation of a marine investment fund”, “Ship Breaking”, “Franco-Russian Cooperation”, “Overseas Territories”, “Very Large Floating Structures”, etc (and soon “ Marine Bioressources”). They are created to make the business easier with operational goals: recommendations (maritime law, tax law, ports reform, maritime education, economic policy, etc.); creation of new consortia (deep sea mining, anti-piracy technological solutions, biotechnology, etc.) and industries structuring (marine renewable, LNG, etc.).

Eight times a year, the CMF invites its members to a networking buffet where they can mix and create a favourable environment for new business opportunities. This also gives members an opportunity to present their products or services and to meet top executives from the maritime sector (250 guests regularly attend these buffets).

The CMF organises with the weekly magazine  le marin, the “Assises de l’Economie de la Mer et du Littoral – the most important maritime event in Europe – attended by more than 1.500 business leaders, members of government, civil and military Authorities, during2 days of top level conferences on maritime key issues.

The CMF lobbies for the French maritime industries to be given greater priority and has the ear of the French administration and government. It is always vocal in defending the interests of the maritime community, and also steps in to help with particular issues faced by its members who turn to it to safeguard their legitimate interests.

Finally the Chairman of the CMF currently chairs the European Network of Maritime Clusters (ENMC), which he co-founded and which was established at its office in Paris at the end of 2005. The ENMC groups 15 national European clusters today. In this European part of activities, the CMF is partner of EUROMARITIME, the first European business show of the whole of the maritime economy (next show in feb 2015), also chaired by the CMF President.

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Last publications

Yearly brochure on the French maritime sector (English) - 2013 - 2014

Yearly brochure on the French maritime sector (English) - 2012 - 2013

Yearly brochure on the French maritime sector (English) - 2011


Additional information

Official website

Cluster maritime TV


Watch our new movie: Maritime occupations, for those passionate about the sea!


Powerpoint presentations - Yearly meetings

France - Update 2014

Marine KIC

France - Update 2013

France - Update 2012

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