Patrice Laporte, managing director of the French Maritime Academy

ENSM's Managing Director wishes the students a good and happy academic year

Patrice Laporte, managing director of the French Maritime Academy

Dear students,

The success of the start-ups created by former students reveals the value of the training delivered at The French Maritime Academy (ENSM) and its students’  dynamism.

You can share with Victorien Erussard, Marin Jarry, Jean-Baptiste Sanchez, Simon Bernard, Alexandre Dechelotte, Fabien Burignot de Varenne, et Nils Joyeux  their pride they feel  of the success of their respective projects , and follow on the social medias Energy Observer, Plastic Odyssey, Sea proven, Zéphyr and Borée*.

The first ENSM Maritime Engineering cohort graduated in Nantes at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Once all the initial courses were integrated in the Bologna process (European system Degree, Master, Doctorate), which will make the exchanges with other European higher education Colleges easier, it is the concrete translation of the Academy’s will to open up, a will which was wanted when the ENSM was created in 2010.

In 2018, the Academy signed its new objectives and performance contract with the Minister in charge of the sea, ENSM’s roadmap for the next five years. While reorganizing itself, the Academy highlighted the lines which will provide the means to achieve its ambitions, from the international opening point of view to the growing of research and development activities.

The ENSM organises meetings with shipowners and industrials in order to accompany the students in their professional lives. It develops contacts and partnerships with foreign actors, making the international aspect a priority as its higher education counterparts do.

The rate of professional integration of the students who graduated in 2016 with a DESMM was 91% according to a survey carried out by OFIP in June 2017. The statistics about the 2017 cohort and the engine watchkeeping officer/chief engineer 8000kW courses will be available in October 2018. They will be published.

The job perspectives for officers in maritime transport are currently excellent and the future figures will, with no doubt, confirm what is foreseen.

I wish you a very enjoyable school year !


Patrice Laporte
Managing Director, DESMM 1983

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PhD in IT, Pedro Merino-Laso, former researcher at "Chair of cyberdefence of naval systems"

Research, ENSM’s new ambition

PhD in IT, Pedro Merino-Laso, former researcher at "Chair of cyberdefence of naval systems"

Research at the French Maritime Academy was for a while described as nascent but has now claimed its ambition especially within the human factors, stability, cybersecurity and regulation fields.

The Academy which has trained merchant navy officers since Colbert is sought after for its expertise by prestigious industrial and academic partners. High flying partnerships enable the Academy to consider research as one of its priorities with serious perspectives.

Awa Sam, PhD in laws on the Nantes campus, is part of the Oceanic and maritime law centre and second in command of the working group on maritime drones at the French Maritime Cluster.
The jurist explained that if « the vessel is traditionally a floating craft regulated by French regulations, today, regulation has to rethink this item and integrate in its supervision approach the notion of drone» According to her, « the SEA4M project is the occasion to clarify this legal notion in order to detail the regulations which can be applied using an analysis of the risks linked to the operation of drone in a cooperative mode with a remote management team »

Nils Joyeux, holder of the DESMM, in charge of research at the Academy and working on the Bridge of the Future project, took stock of the PASSION project on the integrated bridge, “the missing link between the conventional bridge and tomorrow’s autonomous vessel”

Laurent Barthélémy who arrived in September 2016 on the Nantes campus, has explained his calculations of unavailability for a pilot floating wind farm. They were presented at the international conference ESReDA on risk and reliability in Nantes in 2018

PhD in IT, Pedro Merino-Laso, former researcher at "Chair of cyberdefence of naval systems" a partnership between École Navale, IMT Atlantique, Thales and Naval Group, is based in Nantes. He presented the cyber risks for the unmanned surface vehicles : the unmanned surface vehicles, USV, have become tools of great interest for carrying out marine missions such as security-safety-surveillance of the EEZ and the protection of sensitive infrastructures at sea-and the ongoing monitoring of the marine environment-scientific et environmental. Because of the critical nature of these missions, the protection of these systems, notably their cybersecurity, has become a major stake. The objective of the Sea4M project is to develop an environment for managing and controlling the heterogeneous fleet of USV so that they are secured against any malicious intent right from their design stage”

Quentin Busch, DESMM, in charge of research at the ENSM, has spoken about the interface Man-Machine of the Sea4M project.

Following the seminar organised in June 2018 in Le Havre by Yann Vachias, research coordinator, Patrice Laporte, ENSM’s Managing Director, welcomed the quality of the presentations and the perspectives, mainly the collaboration projects.
Indeed, François Grinnaert,a lecturer on the Le Havre campus, expert in ship stability and PhD in mechanical engineering, mechanics of the fluids and energy, will be part of the IRENav, Research Institute at the Ecole naval, as a research fellow. Jean-Pierre Clostermann, DESMM, PhD in ergonomics psychology may become part of LAB-STICC which gathers ENSTA Bretagne, UBO, UBS and IMT Atlantique.

Research at the French Maritime Academy integrates merchant navy officers within the end of studies dissertations in collaboration with shipowners and industrials and the future engineers in maritime engineering.

Inclusion in the COP (Contract of Objectives and Performance)
The research and development activity is in good position in the new contract of objectives and performance voted on 21 June 2018 by the Academy’s Board of Directors, which links the ENSM to its appropriate ministry, Ministry of ecology and solidary transition, until 2022.

In 2018, the projects in which the Academy is involved are PASSION, AERONAV, SEAWINGS, E-PANEMA, SEA4M, and OPTIROUTES.

Link to the subjects of students dissertations
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DFDS exercice - custom-made crisis management at ENSM

DFDS: custom-made crisis management at the French Maritime Academy (ENSM)

DFDS exercice - custom-made crisis management at ENSM 

DFDS Seaways carried out three sessions of training of crisis management on passenger vessel at the French Maritime Academy (ENSM). For the first time in France, the bridge, engine and passenger drills could be carried out at the same time on a simulated vessel, thanks to the Ship-in-School configuration.

For its French subsidiary, the Danish company wanted a custom-made training, positioning professionals during a crisis onboard a ferry on the line Calais-Dover. The four main working vectors on safety focused on crisis management on the bridge, in the engine room, in the passenger areas and the communication between the ship and the crisis unit. The issue being to play these different drills as close to reality as possible.

The ENSM involved most of its Ship-in-School of the Le Havre campus, dedicating five floors to the cross-Channel carrier. About forty students and staff and a dozen lecturers participated in the sessions to accompany the DFDS crews in this totally innovating safety training.

The DFDS training consisted in three sessions made of two one hour and a half drill, each one organised over a day and a half, with major debriefing periods on the operation of each post and the global management of the crisis.

The innovation is the implementation of the drill in three different spaces at the same time, then the analyses and study of the results on a simulated vessel. This premiere in France gets the trainees closer to the job’s reality and goes together with the excellence dual-purpose training so important to France.

For the cross-Channel carrier, the profitability of this training of crisis management on passenger vessel results from the fact that it is “custom-made”.

Gemma Griffin, DFDS’ vice-president, underlines her company’s requirements as far as safety is concerned. She welcomed the active participation of her crews who were able to share their practices and clarify their expectations, during the preparation as well as during the debriefing.
90 persons took part in the different sessions to adopt the best practices.

Benoît Jones, Crew Manager at DFDS SEAWAYS said: «I’m particularly glad of the achievement of this project in coordination with ENSM’s Le Havre campus and wish to sustain over time this crisis management training of a new kind to be able to always improve safety onboard our vessels. The use of the Le Havre campus’ Ship-in-School is a major asset for these drills as it gives them a realistic dimension. I welcome the work accomplished by the ENSM in Le Havre as well as the whole of DFDS’ personnel who took part in this true success».

For Patrice Laporte, ENSM’s Managing Director, «Crisis management as we dealt with for DFDS is adaptable to other custom-made schemes for other vessels on other routes than Calais-Dover. The Ship-in-School, a unique pedagogical tool in France, enables simulation on tankers, gas carriers, container ships and others…

The French Maritime Academy (ENSM) trains merchant navy officers and engineer-level seafarers in Le Havre, Saint-Malo, Nantes and Marseille. It welcomes 1,200 students and 3,000 trainees a year.

Official website of DFDS Seaways

Contact - Press

DFDS Press Contact - France : Florence BRUNEL -
DFDS Press Contact - UK : Naomi THORNTON -

ENSM Press Contact:  Muriel MIRONNEAU

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OCQPI students at the graduation ceremony, in 2018

First OCQPI cohort at ENSM

OCQPI students at the graduation ceremony, in 2018

On Monday 28 May, the students of the first cohort of the International Watchkeeping Officer course, created in Le Havre in 2015, were honoured by the French Maritime Academy (ENSM) during their graduation ceremony.

When creating this monovalent deck programme, aiming at working onboard foreign-flagged ships in the cruise, yachting and Offshore sectors, the ENSM took on the challenge of training within three years officers fluent in English. On the other hand, the Academy consolidated the programme with a double diploma: OQPI is also Captain 3000

 Out of the twenty freshmen recruited 3 years ago, 13 are ending this course this year, without repeating any year. They will be signing on in the next few weeks with Costa Crociere, Aida Cruises or Ponant, in Africa with Offshore companies and on foreign-flagged ships commissioned by the biggest French shipowners

The President of ENSM’s Board of Directors, the Presidents from the French Maritime Cluster and the French Federation of Maritime Pilots, maritime associations, lecturers and the students’ relatives, shared a moment of pride with these new merchant navy officers.

While reminding that the future for the OCQPI course is promising, thanks to the development of relationships with international actors of the shipping and yachting sectors, Patrice Laporte, ENSM’s Managing Director, declared : « you are the pioneers of our international development and you are also, now, ambassadors for the Academy. From your success, vocations will arise”

Representative of the Le Havre council, of the CODAH and of the Normandy region, Jean-Baptiste Gastinne reminded the support from the communities to the Academy, and also said that the opening of the Academy at an international level and its involvement in the Le Havre campus was something to feel satisfied with.

In 2017, 52 candidates applied to the course. There are 108 of them in 2018, a fact that all the participants to the graduation ceremony have welcomed.

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Chief engineer in engine room

Centrale Nantes, Ecole navale and ENSM create a Specialised Master « Life Cycle Assessment of ship » : the MS LICAS

 Chief engineer in engine room


Within the framework of their collaboration in research and training, Centrale Nantes, Ecole navale and ENSM will offer in October 2018 a Specialised Master in a growing sector, Life Cycle of ship : the Specialised Master « Life Cycle Assessment of Ship (MS LICAS) ».

From design to construction, during operations, when being decommissioned, before scrapping and recycling, it is essential to take into consideration the environmental impact of the life cycle of a ship in order to meet the new statutory constraints. The companies in fisheries, trade, service, boating, science and the Navy, have to involve experts able to evaluate the environmental impact and suggest procedures and actions to mitigate this impact.

The goals of the MS LICAS are to train experts in the life cycle of a ship, competent in research and development as well as in project management. The graduates will apply for engineer-level positions or as designers in design offices, as environmental managers, QSE engineering in shipyards, in design offices or in shipping companies.

The MS LICAS lasts 12 months. It has been approved by the Grandes Ecoles Conference (CGE). It consists in over 350 hours of lectures and a 6-month practical training in-company, validated by the viva of a professional thesis. The specialities of the partner academies cover all the sectors of the operations of a ship according to 5 focuse developed in the programme: environment, eco-design and life cycle, life cycle economy, technological and industrial aspects of the life cycle, construction/scrapping, regulation, project management.

The course targets an audience wishing to gain an expertise, a double competence or willing to further in a sector in order to evolve professionall

The MS LICAS targets students in initial or ongoing training. It is accessible to Bac+6 levels (engineer-level title, M2, French Register of Professional Certification (RNCP) level 1) or an M1+a three-year professional experience. The lectures will take place in Nantes (Centrale Nantes and ENSM) and includes a study visit at Lanvéoc Poulmic (Ecole Navale).

For further information and to apply, access to the Centrale Nantes website.

- Jean-Marc Benguigui, lecturer at Centrale Nantes, options manager
- Thomas Daday, lecturer-researcher at Ecole Navale
- Yann Vachias, research coordinator at ENSM.

What about Centrale Nantes?

Member of the « Groupe des Ecoles Centrales », Centrale Nantes trains engineers, Master and phD students following an academic programme based on the most up to date scientific and technological developments and the best management practices. With research platforms including digital simulators and test tanks as well as on-site tests (sea tests SEM-REV), Centrale Nantes has developed a strong expertise in training, research and innovation in the maritime sector (naval architecture, energies). Created in 1919, Centrale Nantes covers a 16 ha campus, welcomes 2320 students of which 1550 engineer-level students, 200 engineer-level trainees, 260 phD and 400 Masters.

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What about Ecole navale?

Ecole Navale, pole of excellence of the French Navy, of the professionals of the sea and maritime sciences, offers a high-level education in exceptional setting, to the benefits of students from different horizon and of different nationalities. Cadets in initial training for the Navy and other administrations as well as civil or military students in Research Masters or Specialized Masters, phD and post-phD, officers, petty officers and tomorrow’s crews, civil servants as well as students of Grandes Ecoles in ongoing training, all come to study at Ecole Navale for its unique competences, whether in the maritime and technological sectors or the expertise in operational leadership. A melting pot since 1830 for the future chiefs of the Navy, Ecole Navale has opened up successfully and is now turning towards the future.

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What about ENSM ?

ENSM trains engineer-level seafarers, merchant navy officers and specialised engineers in maritime engineering, Eco-ship manager (EGN) and Offshore maintenance manager(DMO). It welcomes every year 1200 students and 3000 trainees.
The academy holds a strong knowledge in shipping and other expertise: regulation, human factors, ship operations and its complex systems. Additionally, the academy offers highly technical pedagogical tools : manoeuvring simulator, machinery simulator , DP simulator, fuel cell enabling the students to become familiar with ship operations.

Press contacts

- Ecole Centrale: Valérie Chilard,, T. +33(0)6 30 81 70 69
- Ecole navale : LV Anne Pitois,, T. +33(0)
- ENSM : Muriel Mironneau, T. +33(0)6 09 85 49 14

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