OCEA was founded in 1987 by the acquisition of the shipyard POUVREAU (1934), famous for its aluminium expertise.


1990 - PRESENT

Over the years, OCEA has grown its shipbuilding business in Les Sables d’Olonne by taking over the shipyard UNION & TRAVAIL (1917) in 1990, then the shipyard LE BASTION in 1995. In 1996, OCEA opened a second waterfront production site in Saint-Nazaire dedicated to building fast vessels. In 1999, MAG FRANCE based in Fontenay-le-Comte joined OCEA, bringing its expertise in composites. In 2000, TIG in Guadeloupe joined the OCEA Group, demonstrating OCEA’s intention to grow internationally through partnerships. In 2009, a new waterfront production site was acquired in La Rochelle.






The OCEA Yacht Department was formed in 2000, when an experienced yacht owner and his naval architect were looking for a shipyard that could build them a reliable yacht, tailored to travel for extended periods of time and to remote areas. OCEA's experience in designing and building professional vessels fulfilled their requirements.



Summer 2002 saw the delivery of ESPIRITU SANTO, a 30m OCEA Classic Yacht. In early 2003, her delighted owner and his guests were enjoying the America’s cup races in Auckland, some 15,000 nautical miles away from Les Sables d’Olonne.



This first OCEA Yacht was followed in 2003 by OKEANIS, a 40m OCEA Commuter Yacht. She is based in the south of France and cruises the Mediterranean waters.



2004 saw the delivery of ABELY WHEELER, the first OCEA Commuter 108. ABELY WHEELER has completed her first westward circumnavigation in December 2006. Her numerous ports of call include Cape Verde Islands, Cuba, Panama Canal, Galapagos, French Polynesia, Fiji, Bali, Phuket and more.



2007 saw the delivery of the OCEA Commuter 108 MARHABA. She is based in Italy and cruises along the Italian coast.



2008 saw the delivery of the OCEA Commuter 108 PAOLYRE and the OCEA Classic 85 AKISSI. They are both based in the south of France and cruise the Mediterranean Sea. PAOLYRE is a very successful charter yacht well known among charter brokers.



2011 saw the delivery of the OCEA Classic 72 ALDABRA and the OCEA Commuter 155 ELISABET. With a length overall of 47.00 m, ELISABET is the largest OCEA yacht to date. ALDABRA is based in the south of France, and ELISABET is mostly based in Italy.



2016 saw the delivery of the OCEA Commuter 90 KELONIA. She is based in the south of France and cruises the Mediterranean.