French Maritime Cluster


French Maritime Cluster


President: Mr Gilles Bonavita, GB-Performance

Vice-President: Mr Nicolas Sartini, APL

Vice-President: Mr Frédéric Vazzoler, Total Marine Fuels


French Chamber Contact: Sylvie Berthaud

French Maritime Cluster (CMA CGM)


The French Maritime Cluster Committee in Singapore (FMCCS) has been created by the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore with Cluster Maritime Français (CMF). The committee’s main goal is to promote the French maritime economy in the Asia-Pacific area. With the interest of all French Chamber and CMF members in mind, this committee offers opinions and expertise on current issues and business trend perspectives. It delivers key insights into doing business in the maritime sector in Singapore and in the region. 


This committee endeavours to be an accurate tool for the promotion and strengthening of maritime sector in the region, thanks to a business club led by dynamic members with a regional perspective. 



On 11 December 2017 took place the mid-term meeting with the ESSEC Students for this year's Asian Strategy Challenge.

Diane DUQUESNE, Isabelle OLIVERI, Paul FIASCAN and Alexandre LEMOINE have "carte blanche" to find out how to settle a Maritime Digital Ecosystem in the area and think about an innovative product or service for the members of the French Maritime Cluster.


The project team can count on the support of:


Xavie PAVIE, Asia Strategy Challenge Tutor, Director of the iMagination Center at ESSEC

Gilles Bonavita, President of the French Cluster Maritime Committee, Director of GB-Performance

Frederic VAZZOLER, VP of the French Cluster Maritime Committee, Global Sales Director at Total Marine Fuel

Benoit COSSERAT, Business Development Manager at CMA CGM Asia Regional Office

Sylvie BERTHAUD, in charge of the French Cluster Maritime Committee at the French Chamber of Commerce




  • Oct 2017 | Exceptional Meeting with Mr Frederic Moncany de Saint-Aignan President of the French Maritime Cluster (CMF)

On 4 October 2017, the French Chamber organised an exceptional networking meeting and drink with the President of the CMF, Mr Frederic Moncany de Saint-Aignan. Following the meeting, the President invited some of the principal actors of the maritime industry in Singapore for a casual dinner.



  • Apr 2017 | French Maritime Positioning: Final Report and Recommendations by ESSEC Students

With the support of the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and the French Maritime Cluster in Singapore, SMIB students from ESSEC Business School have produced a report on recommendations on how French companies can match Singapore’s maritime strategy on the long run.



After the first event organised at ESSEC Campus in February, students emphasised on the main challenges the industry is facing along with executives coming from all sectors: Environment, New technology and Education.


Taking into account the feedback received from the stakeholders, students worked hard to deliver a final report which established recommendations to answer those challenges and help French companies to be at the forefront of maritime industry.


The meeting was also an opportunity for Maritime industry players to network over a great breakfast.


Download the Final Report here and the presentation slides here


  • Feb 2017 | Visit of PSA Port of Singapore

Nicolas Sartini, CEO of APL & VP of French Maritime Cluster Committee in Singapore (FMCCS) and his team welcomed members of the French Chamber’s FMCCS, on 17 February 2017, on a journey into the container shipping world.




Photo Gallery

Committee Documents (members’ only)

Apr 2017 | Report on Maritime Strategy - ESSEC Business School.pdf
Mar 2017 |

Piracy in South East Asia - French Naval Academy

Jan 2017 | LNG as a clean bunkering fuel for a green mobility - ENGIE.pdf
May 2016 | A Key Player in the Container Maritime Industry Consolidation - CMA CGM.pdf
Apr 2016 | Singapore an International Maritime Centre - MPA.pdf
Mar 2016 | Maritime Singapore Green Initiative - MPA.pdf
Sep 2015 | World Ocean Council.pdf
Jun 2014 | French Maritime Cluster Committee Guidelines.pdf

Past Events

22 Feb 2018 - 08:30
Speakers: Jason CHIANG, Director of Ocean Shipping Consultants
7 Dec 2017 - 08:30
Speakers: Nicolas PRETET, FPSO North Manager, Total S.A.
4 Dec 2017 - 18:30
Speakers: Networking Event
1 Nov 2017 - 08:30
Speakers: Ms Eve Bonnardel, Asia-Pacific Business Development Manager for Defense & Security Market, CNIM
4 Oct 2017 - 17:30
Speakers: Mr Frederic MONCANY de SAINT-AIGNAN, President du Cluster Maritime Francais