and DCNS set up KERSHIP, a joint company aiming to become a world leader
in ships intended for State action at sea
Held jointly by PIRIOU (55%) and DCNS (45%), KERSHIP is a société
anonyme par actions simplifiées (simplified public limited company)
with a supervisory board and equal representation of the two partners.
The company is headed by Patrick de Leffe, previously Audit and Risks
VP of DCNS, and before that engineering VP of the DCNS group from 1999
to 2008. KERSHIP’s head office is located in Concarneau (Brittany).
DCNS profit from successful joint experience in the construction of
the self-funded Gowind OPV L’Adroit by DCNS in 2010-2011.
company conducts its business in the French and international markets.
KERSHIP has adopted a lean structure for preparing proposals, coordinating
contract execution and providing industrial program management services.
PIRIOU and DCNS each retain control of their own industrial, logistic
and engineering resources, which KERSHIP will call upon.
Patrick de Leffe declared “The ambition of PIRIOU and DCNS is
to develop a world leader in ships built to civil standards intended
mainly for State action at sea (coastguard, policing, customs, etc.),
making use of their complementing industrial capabilities. KERSHIP benefits
from DCNS experience in naval defence markets and that of PIRIOU in
vessels built to civil standards.”
Pierre Legros, DCNS Surface Naval Systems SVP, explained “The
establishment of KERSHIP is going to enable us to offer an attractive
product range in the growth market of lightly-armed vessels built to
civil standards. The sale of these ships intended for State action at
sea will enable DCNS to develop relations with new customers likely
to subsequently acquire more heavily-armed vessels, such as corvettes
or frigates. KERSHIP thus provides a double growth opportunity for DCNS.”
PIROU CEO Pascal Piriou stressed “We take great pride in allying
ourselves with one of the very best in the defence sector worldwide.
Placing our respective resources at the disposal of KERSHIP is going
to enable us to gain a foothold in the market for State action at sea
capability, highly complementary to our other activities, where our
experience of civil standards, our facilities in other countries and,
I believe, our dynamism, make PIRIOU the right partner for DCNS.”
PIRIOU and DCNS profit from successful joint experience in the construction
of the self-funded Gowind OPV L’Adroit by DCNS in 2010-2011.