Saint Nazaire, Land of Giants


  • 460 000 tonnes of traffic in Saint Nazaire in 2018
  • Four docks for shipbuilding and ship repairs
  • A 400-tonne capacity jumbo derrick

Shipyards: Flagship Local Know-How

Previously there came the Normandie, the France, the Millénium and the Queen Mary II, as well as the MSC Divina or the MSC Preziosa. Today, the World’s largest cruise liners are being built here: the Harmony of the Seas and her twin, measuring 362 metres in length! And not forgetting the four 315-metre-long Vista Class units for MSC… The order book at the Saint Nazaire shipyards is full until 2020. The vessels launched from Saint Nazaire are the flagships of the local industry. These giants of the seas carry exceptional know-how to the ends of the earth. Taken over by STX in 2008 (renamed in 2018 Chantiers de l'Atlantique), the facility possesses cruise liner expertise and is successfully diversifying into offshore wind power or oil/gas rigs.

Infrastructures with Great Potential

Alongside Chantiers de l'Atlantique, several other players in the shipbuilding and ship repair sector have been won over by the infrastructures in Saint Nazaire (three dry docks, one sluice dock...). With a capacity of 400 tonnes, the "jumbo" derrick represents a powerful argument when it comes to handling heavy-lift cargo: engines (MAN Diesel), funnels (Chantiers de l'Atlantique), large boilerwork fabrications (Tissot) or aircraft sections (Airbus).

The Plus Point of Logistics

Nantes − Saint Nazaire Port thereby helps the industrial fabric of Saint Nazaire to develop, notably via new activities such as marine renewable energy. In addition to the Anemos factory, a diversification by les Chantiers de l'Atlantique into the production of foundations or substations for the offshore wind power industry which has been operational since the summer of 2015, a 12-hectare logistics hub is available on site for the reception, storage and pre-assembly of wind turbine components. The hub will be the strategic support base for the construction of offshore wind farms located off Saint Nazaire and the Islands of Vendée.

A Gateway for Agri-Foodstuffs

The Saint Nazaire installations are also used for the import of oilseed and for the export of grain, cereals and vegetable oil. The facility notably possesses extensive warehousing (for fruit and frozen goods) as well as two grain silos.

At the Heart of an International Aircraft Manufacturing Set-Up

Other giants, this time of the air, are built beside the River Loire. At the foot of the Pont de Saint-Nazaire Bridge, close to the Airbus factory at Montoir de Bretagne, Stelia Aerospace is at the heart of an amazing industrial set-up. The two factories design and assemble aircraft components from all around the World before onforwarding to Toulouse for final assembly.