One city, many ports: the success of synergies

Thursday 19 May 2016: A new Waterfront for Lorient


Depart hotel for the headquarters of Lorient Agglomération, Lorient’s urban area community.


Welcome refreshments and greeting speech

Philippe Matthis, President of AIVP Norbert Métairie, Mayor of Lorient and President of Lorient Agglomération


Signature of the “Missions Charter of a Port Center” by Lorient Agglomération and AIVP


Working session: From a naval/port interface to a citizen’s port: restoring the coastline

The city of Lorient was founded in 1666 around a shipyard. It was destroyed in 1945 at the end of Second World War. Over the last twenty years it has been given a new lease of life, with a series of major changes to the spaces and functions of its waterfront areas. Through a presentation of the terminal, Scorff banks,  new hospital and Enclos du port, you will learn all about Lorient’s new urban development.

By Norbert Métairie, Mayor of Lorient and President of Lorient Agglomération and Jean-François Rault, Director Development, Environment and Transport, Lorient Agglomération


Presentation of the zero-emissions electric boat, Ar Vag Tedan,  and crossing  to the municipality of Locmiquélic (embarkment at 11:16)

Since 2000, the Pays de Lorient urban area community has been committed to an environmental and sustainable development charter. In 2008 it adopted “agenda 21”, a programme aimed at achieving a 20% reduction in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Against this background, Lorient Agglomération, which has always supported the development of alternative means of transport, has outlined a set of specifications for building an energy-efficient boat to be incorporated into the public transport system.

by André Douineau, Director of Transport, Lorient Agglomération


Working session: The commercial port and the economic significance of the Lorient roadstead

The Lorient roadstead is a unique site in southern Brittany, a versatile location combining port, urban and environmental functions. Over the last 20 years, it has experienced far-reaching spatial and socio-economic changes.

by Franck Antich y Amengual, Study Director, Pays de Lorient Planning and Economic Development Agency

Brittany’s second largest port with over 2.3 MT of traffic, the commercial port of Lorient is operated by the Morbihan Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The facility is forging ahead with its development in a limited environment, one that is complex but strategically vital for Breton industry.

by Laurent Chéreau, Director of the Commercial Port of Lorient


Lunch at the “Le Cargo” restaurant


Technical visit by boat: the Lorient roadstead


Technical visit: Keroman Peninsula: from a former naval base to city district of Lorient

The Military Submarine Base (BSM), built by the German army during World War Two, was used by the French navy until 1997. Thereafter, Lorient Agglomération embarked on a programme to convert the entire site for new purposes while preserving the three immense concrete structures (each covering 2.5 hectares). The BSM has now been converted into a port district of Lorient, focusing on three main activities: economic activity, offshore racing and tourism.

Presentation of major changes and developments at the site

by Franck Antich y Amengual, Study Director, Pays de Lorient Planning and Economic Development Agency

The business village: developed to meet the needs of the marine industry and integrate the former BSM into the “civilian” port district

by Jean-François Rault, Director of Development, Environment and Transport, Lorient Agglomération

Offshore racing section, an European reference

by Franck Antich y Amengual, Study Director, Pays de Lorient Planning and Economic Development Agency

Tour of the Groupama Team France complex, a French team set to participate in the next Americas Cup

by Franck Cammas, Skipper, et Vincent Borde, Communications Director, Groupama Team France


Private visit of Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly

This building, designed by J. Ferrier, is dedicated to the discovery of modern sailing. A flagship tourist venue, Cité de la voile Eric Tabarly represents the culmination of the programme to convert the former submarine base.


Depart from the hotel for the Official Dinner


Official dinner, “Les Mouettes” restaurant, Larmor Plage


Return to the hotel

Friday 20 May 2016: Fishing, trade, ship repair: multi-faceted expertise


Exceptional tour by night: Lorient fishing port and its fish auction

Lorient is home to France’s leading fishing port in value terms and the second largest in volume terms, with some 100,000 tonnes of fish processed locally. The fishing port is practically an institution in Lorient, and is continuing with its programme of modernisation in response to the changing needs of its many national and international customers.

By Maurice Benoish, President of Lorient Keroman and Benoît Jaffré, Director of Lorient Keroman.

Breakfast for participants on-site


Return to the hotel


Technical visit: the DCNS naval yard

DCNS Lorient employs 2200 people at its industrial site in Lorient/Lanester. France’s leading naval shipbuilding facility, this former arsenal is continuing to transform and modernise, to meet the ever more complex requirements of navies in Europe and around the world.

Welcome and presentation of the DCNS group
Tour of the industrial complex
Tour of a multi-purpose frigate (subject to conditions)

Warning: Please note that access to the DCNS naval yard is only guaranteed for participants who sign up by 25 March 2016 and provide us with a full-colour copy of their passport. Other participants will be offered an alternative tour.


Closing buffet-lunch.