Visit of Denis Robin, Secretary General of the Sea

During his visit to Reunion Island from 11 to 14 February 2020, GPMDLR welcomed Mr Denis Robin, Secretary General of the Sea, on two separate occasions.

On 11 February at Port Reunion’s head office, Mr Robin – accompanied by the Chair of the French Maritime Cluster and Reunion Island’s Prefect Jacques Billant – attended the signature by the main representatives of the local shipbuilding and ship repair industry of a memorandum of understanding aimed at creating a new company (suggested name: Reunion Oceans Dock) that will tender for operation of the future floating dock in Port Ouest.

The floating dock project is consistent with the aim of being a ‘Connected Port’ – one of two ambitions in the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan – and this future public facility will be able to handle some of the very large civil and military vessels (up to 100 metres long and weighing 4000 T) that make up Reunion’s naval and shipping fleet, as well as other vessels operating in the region, thereby making Port Reunion a strategic base in the Indian Ocean.

Then on 14 February, in addition to meeting the Sea Rescue Service SNSM, Mr Robin spent a convivial moment at the staff social club with delegation members and fishing industry professionals at a lunch reception.