and PIRIOU enter into exclusive negotiations to create a leader in maritime
and PIRIOU have entered into exclusive negotiations to set up a joint
venture specialising in maritime security ships built to civilian shipbuilding
standards. The project is part of both companies’ growth strategies
and will expand their accessible markets.
DCNS and PIRIOU aim to leverage their complementary commercial and industrial
skill sets to create a world leader in maritime security ships (coast
guards, law enforcement authorities, customs…) built to civilian
shipbuilding standards. The joint venture would draw on DCNS’s
experience in naval defence and PIRIOU’s background in civilian
The joint venture is set to become a world leader in maritime security
The joint venture would employ a small team dedicated
to responding to calls for tenders and managing contract execution with
a view to winning new business for its parent companies’ industrial,
logistics and engineering activities in France.
“This joint venture would help DCNS expand its accessible market.
Moreover, customers acquiring maritime security ships built to civilian
standards may later become customers for more heavily armed DCNS corvettes
or frigates. This project thus represents a two-fold growth opportunity
for our Company,” said Bernard Planchais, DCNS Executive Vice
President & Chief Operating Officer.
L'Adroit, Gowind class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) (Picture:
“To gain access to the market for maritime
security ships, which is at the crossroad between civilian and military
shipbuilding, the only type of partnership that makes sense for us is
one with a world leader in naval defence such as DCNS. This would be
a major strategic move for us. Our contributions – which include
our solid base in France, our international experience and our proven
responsiveness to customer needs – would be real strengths for
the joint venture, especially when combined with DCNS’s experience
and global presence in the defence sector”, said Pascal PIRIOU,
Chairman of the PIRIOU executive board.
DCNS and PIRIOU have a background of successful cooperation, having
worked together on the Gowind OPV L’Adroit, which was built under
a self-funded programme in 2010–11 by DCNS and partners including