The "Compagnie Maritime Nantaise -MN",owner of BELEM, MN Pelican, Toucan [...], is bought by a shipowner in Le Havre "SOGESTRAN"
The Maritime company of Nantes transports the rocket elements Ariane and manages the Belem. She works for the Defense.
The Maritime Nantes (MN) company, headquartered in Nantes and previously a subsidiary of the Compagnie Nationale de Navigation, is taken over by Le Havre Sogestran group, announced Wednesday June 28, 2017 its CEO, Patrick Gerbeno.
The MN manages, without the Nantes know, a symbolic ship, the three-masted barque Belem, on behalf of the Belem foundation (Groupe des Caisses d'Epargne). This historic ship is the only one of the fleet of the MN to frequent the port of Nantes.
The other ships of the Nantaise, as it is called in maritime circles, five roars and a scientific boat, criss-cross the seas. The company is in particular the carrier of elements of the Ariane rocket between Europe and Guyana, and of the Ministry of Defense.
La Nantaise was formerly known as Morbihan, when the passenger transport activity on the islands (Groix, Belle-île) had not been separated from the long course.
"This acquisition does not change the organization, says Patrick Gerbeno. MN retains its ships, its name, its flag, its headquarters in Nantes, its Brest facility (in particular, the operation of six passenger boats in the Brest harbor) and all its sedentary and seagoing employees. In total, it employs more than 550 people.
The acquirer, Sogestran, is a family group headed by Pascal Girardet, created in Le Havre in 1948 and active in logistics and maritime and river transport through specialized subsidiaries such as the CLT, the Liège Transport Company and, in the maritime sector , Someca (transport of cement on Corsica), Maritima (refueling in Marseille-Fos and Algeria) and Biomar (transport of biofuels).