Companies news  •  Publications

France and Singapore Sign An Agreement To Deepen Maritime Cooperation

MOU Signing Ceremony on 19 April 2021 between Mr Marc Abensour, Ambassador of France to Singapore and Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA to further promote maritime cooperation between Singapore and France. Photo Credit: MPA


The French Directorate of Maritime Affairs (DMA) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to deepen their maritime relations on 19 April. The agreement was signed by Mr Marc Abensour, Ambassador of France to Singapore, and Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA, on the sidelines of the Singapore Maritime Week.

The French Chamber of Commerce, represented by its President Mr Pascal Lambert, is proud to have participated in the signing of this cooperation in the Maritime industry between France and Singapore.

This MOU will gather, on the French side, key stakeholders of the maritime sector such as the French Maritime Cluster (FMC), French Marine Industry Group (GICAN) and the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (FCCS), to strengthen the strong France-Singapore maritime cooperation. 

The MOU aims at developing synergies in forefront areas in the maritime field such as digital innovation, digitalisation, sustainability, in particular by fostering industrial and institutional partnerships. It will also promote collaboration in training and skills development, and help to develop academic and research cooperation dedicated to the maritime sector.

French Ambassador to Singapore, Mr Marc Abensour said: « This MOU is a major step forward for the maritime cooperation between France and Singapore. It will encourage efforts to innovate through concrete projects between our two maritime ecosystems. It will contribute among other things to foster digitalisation and decarbonisation of the maritime sector. I am very pleased to witness the strong support of the French maritime sector and I look forward to closer and deeper collaboration between both sides. »

President of the French Maritime Cluster (FMC), Mr Frederic Moncany de Saint-Aignan said: “With this MOU, the entire French Maritime task force; comprising of the French Embassy, DMA, FCCS, BPI France, FMC, GICAN, private companies, labs, and universities, is committed to promoting and developing synergies and concrete projects with Singapore. In the particular field of the environmental transition, FMC is acting at the forefront with digital tools and AI in addition to unifying initiatives such as the launch of the “Eco-Energy Transition Coalition” in 2019. Our objective is to promote a global approach, synchronise and mutualise efforts to allow maritime industry to reach the global climate goals.”

President of the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (FCCS), Pascal Lambert, said: “This agreement demonstrates the deep ties which continue to be developed between the French ecosystem and the Singapore economy. With its more than 700 members, the FCCS is a demonstration of the dynamism of this business community. We are proud to witness the continuous successes of some of our most dynamic economic sectors, and the maritime industry is clearly one of them. The clear focus given by Singapore in digital innovation as well as sustainable development fit very well with the expertise of the French maritime industry, and we are very confident that this agreement will be of mutual benefit to both sides.”


About the French Maritime Industry Association (GICAN)

The GICAN is a professional organization bringing together French industrialists from the shipbuilding and maritime sector. It unites major contractors, system and equipment providers, as well as SMEs and MMCs who contribute to the design, construction maintenance and implementation of military vessels, medium and large tonnage trade vessels, and specialized vessels. It also plays an important role in the emergence of Marine Renewable Energies. GICAN also organizes the Euronaval and Euromaritime trade shows.

More information:

Contact: Arnaud Martins Da Torre, Head of Business Internationalization and Export : arnaud.martinsdatorre(@)  - +33(0) 1 56 59 15 04


About The French Maritime Cluster (FMC)

FMC is a major player in the development of the blue economy in France. It promotes the French maritime economy and gathers 430 companies from the whole of the maritime sectors, from the industries to services.

The FMC supports its members companies in their strategic and sustainable maritime development in France and internationally. It acts on three fronts to facilitate the business: Institutional Communication, developing Operational Synergies and continuous dialogue with government authorities.

More information on:

Contact: Deputy Director, Marie-Noëlle Tiné Dyèvre : mn.tine(@)


About the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (FCCS)

Established in 1979, the FCCS belongs to a worldwide network of 124 French Chambers in 95 countries with over 37,000 companies. One of the most active Chambers in Asia, this private non-profit association supports mutually beneficial trade relations between Singapore & France by connecting, promoting, bringing together a strong business network of companies and boosting their development.

As the official “Team France Export" representative in Singapore, it is the one-stop shop for French companies in their export and development.

More information:


Get your copy of FOCUS Magazine Issue 79: Moving Towards Smart Mobility