KERSHIP is a joint company founded in 2013 by PIRIOU and DCNS, two experts in marine engineering, shipbuilding, maintenance, and services. This partnership relies on their complementary skills and expertise: PIRIOU, 50 years of expertise in civil shipbuilding, and DCNS, a world leader in naval defence markets. The company has developed armed vessels from 40 to 95m long [250 to 2,500 tons displacement] for state action at sea: navies, coast guards, customs, scientific institutes.
KERSHIP offers a full range of efficient and robust vessels, easy to operate and maintain, equipped with state of the art systems adapted to the client's needs. KERSHIP has the skills to address all the domains concerning missions systems (operational communications, weaponry, sensors…), and strives to adapt its offers to the customers' needs. KERSHIP offers a global through-life support and services solution with qualified engineers around the world and at any time to ensure customers maximal availability of their ship.
Announced on 27 November 2013, the creation of a joint company between DCNS naval defense giant (almost 3 billion euros in sales and 13,200 employees) and Piriou (122 million turnover and a thousand employees). This joint venture has a name, Kership, and an officer, Patrick de Leffe. Former engineering director of DCNS, it was hitherto Director of the Audit and Risk specialist naval defense. Despite the difference in size between the companies is well Piriou which holds a majority stake, with 55% share, and also home to the headquarters. Both groups will however be on equal representation in the anonymous simplified joint stock company.
The target: the national and international market for sovereignty lightly armed ships and built to civilian standards (police, gendarmerie, customs, etc.). Both groups recalled that they have already made ??all the OPV L'Adroit , where Piriou was, as STX Lorient, in charge of a part of the realization of the ship on behalf of DCNS.
The distribution of roles is also made commercially DCNS is responsible for export and Piriou of France. The birth of Kership is obviously not a random time when France was precisely for three ships sovereignty Programs: 8 support ships and offshore support (BSAH) Wholesale supply types (75 meters) in charter ; 3 multi-mission buildings (B2M) an option, sixty meters; 18 surveillance vessels and maritime response (Batsimar).
Kership did not have any dedicated industrial capacity. The subject will be studied based on the workload. A large order could be absorbed at the site of Piriou in Concarneau. If the customer was the state, no doubt that it would ensure that if a load transfer was to take place, the yards through a difficult passes are beneficiaries. All eyes are obviously looking to STX Lorient (whose fate likely to change with the announced sale of its Korean STX Europe by shareholder) and CMN in Cherbourg.
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