The OCEA Shipyard turns thirty !November 2018
Now a major industrial group capable of building ever larger ships out of aluminium, OCEA is celebrating thirty years of business…
It was in February 1987 that Roland Joassard and Fabrice Epaud founded OCEA by taking over a shipyard in Les Sables-d’Olonne. In thirty years, the shipyard turned into a major industrial group that has since diversified into maritime safety and security, passenger transport, working boats and, of course, motor yachts. Business is spread across a wide range of geographic sectors and markets – OCEA generates 95% of its turnover from exports – which today ensures a sound financial position.
In 2012, OCEA launched Orion – a plan focusing on optimisation and industrial reorganisation for OCEA Naval – in order to fully upgrade its production tool. A large part of this plan involved building the new production site in Les Sables-d’Olonne where the yachts are made. “It’s a smart building that has given us a competitive edge and allowed us to expand our range of vessels to larger boats”, says Roland Joassard.
The site can now accomodate units up to 85 metres. OCEA is currently building the world’s largest aluminium patrol boat (84 metres) that will be launched in the coming months
From the very beginning, the two partners made the strategic decision to specialise in aluminium; the material significantly reduces boat weight and fuel consumption while making maintenance easier… and with lower environmental impact!
Over the years, OCEA has acquired unique expertise in aluminium and its hulls now come with a ten-year guarantee. “We’re developing efficient, high-quality, well-built vessels, and all at a low cost of ownership.
We started out this way and we’ve kept the same standards for all the types of boats we’ve developed”, explains Roland Joassard. In thirty years, OCEA has delivered more than 300 ships in France and around the world.
Custom yachts up to 85 metres
In the early 2000s the OCEA shipyard entered the world of yachts by drawing on its extensive expertise to produce efficient and high-performance boats, with excellent sea-handling capabilities and transatlantic range. For shipowners, integrating the necessary knowledge and expertise at each stage of building a yacht at the shipyard also ensures schedules and budgets are fully met, and a high level of support throughout the life of the boat. OCEA Yachts has delivered nine vessels to date, the largest being 47 metres long. State-of-the-art facilities in Les Sables-d’Olonne today enable OCEA to expand its range of motor yachts and offer – alongside the ranges Commuter, Nautilus and Nemo – even larger units, such as the OCEA X47 project and the OCEA Nemo 50 Ice, and even custom yachts up to 85 metres.
As it celebrates thirty years, OCEA is in top form and expected to reach nearly 100 million euros in turnover this year.